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Also Known As: Michelle Ingrid Williams Died:
Born: September 9, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kalispell, Montana, USA Profession: actor

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Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams was one of the few actresses who displayed the talent and drive to parlay success on a primetime teen drama into a career as a respected film actress. She spent six seasons on the flagship adolescent offering, "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), while spending her summers building a fan base of independent film fans in smart, dark comedies and dramatic explorations of the twenty-something experience. She reached critical heights with her heartbreaking portrayal of a young, small-town wife opposite Heath Ledger in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her supporting role. The onscreen pairing took on an even more heartbreaking poignancy following the 2008 death of Ledger, who had since become the father of he and Williams child after the couple enjoyed a seemingly happy and domesticated two years together. Despite the tragic setback, Williams nonetheless continued to perform at a high level, earning award recognition and critical acclaim with her brave performances in "Blue Valentine" (2010) and "My Week with Marilyn" (2011), while confirming her status as one of the more talented leading actresses of her generation. ...

Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams was one of the few actresses who displayed the talent and drive to parlay success on a primetime teen drama into a career as a respected film actress. She spent six seasons on the flagship adolescent offering, "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), while spending her summers building a fan base of independent film fans in smart, dark comedies and dramatic explorations of the twenty-something experience. She reached critical heights with her heartbreaking portrayal of a young, small-town wife opposite Heath Ledger in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her supporting role. The onscreen pairing took on an even more heartbreaking poignancy following the 2008 death of Ledger, who had since become the father of he and Williams child after the couple enjoyed a seemingly happy and domesticated two years together. Despite the tragic setback, Williams nonetheless continued to perform at a high level, earning award recognition and critical acclaim with her brave performances in "Blue Valentine" (2010) and "My Week with Marilyn" (2011), while confirming her status as one of the more talented leading actresses of her generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Suite Francaise (2014)
3.
 Shutter Island (2010)
4.
 Meek's Cutoff (2010)
5.
 Catch My Disease (2010)
6.
 Mammoth (2009)
7.
 Wendy and Lucy (2008)
8.
9.
 Incendiary (2008)
10.
 Bronte (2008)
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Born and raised in Kalispell, MT
1989:
Moved with family to San Diego, CA
:
Appeared in episodes of "Baywatch"
1994:
Feature debut, "Lassie"
1995:
Played the young version of the alien in "Species"
1995:
Landed two-episode recurring role on "Home Improvement" (ABC)
1996:
Legally emancipated from her parents at age 16 so she could live on her own in Burbank, CA
1996:
Appeared in TV movie "My Son Is Innocent" (ABC)
1997:
Played supporting role in NBC TV movie thriller "Killing Mr. Griffin"
1997:
Cast in small role, playing Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter Pammy in "A Thousand Acres"
1998:
Landed breakthrough role as Jen Lindley, a girl with a past on teen drama "Dawson's Creek" (The WB)
1998:
Starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween H2O," executive produced by Williamson
1999:
Cast alongside Kirsten Dunst in teen comedy "Dick"
1999:
Made off-Broadway acting debut in "Killer Joe"
2000:
Co-starred with Chloe Sevigny in "1972" segment of lesbian-themed anthology "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO)
2001:
Acted in "Me Without You," co-starring Anna Friel
2003:
Acted with Christina Ricci in highly anticipated film adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's novel "Prozac Nation"; premiered at the Toronto film festival in 2001, but iU.S. theater release was stalled due to disparaging remarks made by Wurtzel in wake of September 11th; finally aired on Starz! Network in 2005
2003:
Co-starred with Peter Dinklage in indie drama "The Station Agent"
2004:
Starred with Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels in family drama "Imaginary Heroes"
2005:
Starred in Wim Wenders' "Land of Plenty"
2005:
Co-starred with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain"
2006:
Co-starred in "The Hottest State," written by and directed by Ethan Hawke
2007:
Featured in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," a film reflecting life of musician Bob Dylan
2008:
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in thriller "Deception"
2008:
Co-starred in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York"
2008:
Offered dramatic turn in "Wendy and Lucy"
2009:
Co-starred with Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal in Swedish drama "Mammoth"
2010:
Played Leonardo DiCaprio's deceased wife in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"
2010:
Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in relationship drama "Blue Valentine"; also executive produced
2011:
Played sex symbol and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis directed "My Week with Marilyn"
2013:
Played Glinda the Good Witch in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role
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Education

Santa Fe Christian High School: Solana Beach , California -

Notes

On her "Dawson's Creek" character: "She's this stable, happy-go-lucky girl still wrestling with demons. . . . She grew up quickly at a real fast pace. Of course, I can relate to that." --Michelle Williams in USA TODAY, January 20, 1998

"Making a lifestyle out of going to premieres is just a dead end. I can't imagine anything worse than a crowd of people. It makes me ill. Honestly, I would rather be at the dentist." --Williams' assessment of the the Hollywood party scene, quoted in MOVIELINE, September 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Morgan J Freeman. Director, screenwriter. Born in 1969.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Larry Williams. Commodities trader. Born c. 1944; separated from Williams' mother.
mother:
Carla Williams. Homemaker. Born c. 1956; separated from Williams' father.
sister:
Paige Williams. Born c. 1984.

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