Michelle Williams
Actress
Michelle Williams
Michelle Ingrid Williams is an American actress. After starting her career with television guest appearances in the early 1990s, Williams achieved recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on the The WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek, which she played from 1998 to 2003. Williams graduated to full-length features, including Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), her first mainstream film; Dick (1999), a comedy and Prozac Nation (2001).
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THE NEW SEASON | MOVIES; November Release Schedule
NYTimes - over 5 years
NOVEMBER Nov. 2 THE OTHER F WORD Some old-line punk rockers — including Flea, Ron Reyes and Jim Lindberg — attempt fatherhood in a documentary by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins. Nov. 4 ANOTHER HAPPY DAY A wedding day provides the background (again?) for a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family. Sam Levinson directed; with Ellen Barkin, Demi
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VIDEO; Directors Adapt To Shooting 3-D With Depth
NYTimes - over 5 years
EVEN as Hollywood prepares for an autumn onslaught of 3-D movies from big-name directors (including ''Hugo'' from Martin Scorsese and ''The Adventures of Tintin'' from Steven Spielberg), the future of the format remains uncertain. Resentful of premium ticket prices and burned by too many films hastily and unconvincingly converted from 2-D to 3-D,
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Nostalgia Fact-Check: How Does Dawson's Creek Hold Up? - New York Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Michelle Williams, probably the top thespian of the bunch with two Oscar noms, gets off to a rocky start as Jen Lindley, the troubled tramp from the big city. In many of her big second-season scenes, Williams has "squinting" and/or "whining" confused
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Morris Chestnut and Michelle Williams to star in "What My Husband Doesn't Know ... - The Paper Magazine
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This powerful and provocative play stars Morris Chestnut and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams. The play hits Houston for 6 big shows on Thursday, October 13th -16th at the Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002
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Michelle Williams had 'memorable' gown - Belfast Telegraph
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Celebrity stylist Kate Young, whose high profile clients include Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Hilary Swank, says Michelle's dress was headline-grabbing and "memorable", despite not being liked by everybody. "Michelle Williams' yellow Vera
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My Week With Marilyn Poster: Michelle Williams Stands Out In Full Color - Cinema Blend
Google News - over 5 years
As if Michelle Williams done up in full Marilyn Monroe regalia wasn't attention-grabbing enough, the actress and her co-star Eddie Redmayne are splashes of color in a black and white world in the first poster for their new movie My Week With Marilyn. ... - -
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Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn" (Picture) - CBS News
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(CBS) Michelle Williams is channeling Marilyn Monroe in a new photo from the upcoming film "My Week with Marilyn." The image shows Williams, as the late screen icon, walking through a crowd of men as photographers trail her
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; New York Film Festival to Close With George Clooney Movie
NYTimes - over 5 years
''The Descendants,''Alexander Payne's first feature since his 2004 film ''Sideways,'' will be the closing night selection of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday along with the roster of 27 films that will be presented in the festival's main slate. Adapted from the Kaui Hart Hemmings novel, ''The
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Separated at Birth? Michelle Williams and Marilyn Monroe - E! Online
Google News - over 5 years
In a newly released photo from the upcoming My Week With Marilyn, Michelle Williams, who plays Monroe in the flick, proves she can look exactly like the iconic blond bombshell... Williams looks radiant in the shot with a platinum blond 'do and wearing ... - -
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Michelle Williams: New 'My Week With Marilyn' Still! - Just Jared
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Check out this new still of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film My Week With Marilyn! The film follows a young man (Eddie Redmayne) who worked as a lowly assistant on the set of Marilyn's film The Prince and the Showgirl
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Romantic dilemma in Take This Waltz trailer - Toronto.com (blog)
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Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) are out for an evening stroll to see a movie. It's the occasion of their wedding anniversary. Their walk is interrupted by their new neighbor Daniel (Luke Kirby), a rickshaw runner
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Michelle Williams in "Marilyn" film gets NY debut - Reuters
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "My Week with Marilyn," starring Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams as 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, will see its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in October, organizers said on Thursday. ... - -
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Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland reunite in NYC! - instyle.co.uk
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A Destiny's Child reunion as Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams attend Kelly Rowland's album launch... Rumours of the return of the show-stopping Destiny's Child trio have long been circulating and last night they looked closer than ever to becoming
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Michelle Williams Gets Exotic in Christian Louboutin - StyleBistro
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Singer Michelle Williams poses for a photo at the Moet Rose Lounge during the launch celebration for Kelly Rowland's new album "Here I Am" at the Top of The Standard Hotel on July 26, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images North America)more pics ... - -
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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Synopsis - Collider.com
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Diggs is “a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics” who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michelle Williams
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 34
    In July 2015, it was reported that Williams had begun dating author Jonathan Safran Foer.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 28
    Williams called the timing of their relationship "impossible", and ended it in September 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 27
    In July 2008, seven months after the death of Ledger, Williams began dating director Spike Jonze.
    More Details Hide Details They met on the set of Synecdoche, New York, which Williams starred in and Jonze produced.
    On February 1, 2008, in her first public statement after Ledger's death, Williams expressed her heartbreak and described Ledger's spirit as surviving in their daughter, who looks like him.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month she attended his memorial and funeral services.
    After Ledger's death from a combined drug intoxication (CDI) in January 2008, the usually under-the-radar actress and her daughter became an interest of the media and were often followed by paparazzi.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Williams rarely gave interviews until the end of 2009.
    Impressed by her work in Dick, the screenwriter Charlie Kaufman cast Williams in his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, with a cast featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Watson. A box office bomb, it was praised in the media, appearing on many top ten critics' lists for 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Wendy and Lucy, an acclaimed small-budget, low-key drama directed and co-written by Kelly Reichardt, follows Wendy (Williams), a drifter looking to start a new life, searching for her dog Lucy after a series of setbacks. Unlike others, including the director, Williams did not find the film depressing. "Personally I like seeing those kinds of movies. I find them comforting because they make me feel less alone." As the lead actress of Wendy and Lucy, she enjoyed the documentary style of the film. Houston Chronicle writer Amy Biancolli said her performance, "a bare-bones accomplishment of no small heft," was the movie's key. The Toronto Film Critics Association Awards named Williams and the film 2008's Best Actress and Best Movie. Filming for Mammoth (2009) took Williams to locations in Sweden, Thailand and the Philippines. She and Gael García Bernal played the co-leads: a successful couple dealing with issues related to modern day globalization. It was director Lukas Moodysson's first English-language movie and found distribution through IFC Films. Martin Scorsese cast the actress in the supporting role of the dead wife haunting the dreams of marshal Teddy Daniels (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) in Shutter Island, a psychological thriller based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 best-selling novel by the same name. Originally due out in October 2009, its release date was bumped to February 19, 2010. With $41.1 million in ticket sales at over 2,900 locations, Shutter Island gave Williams her widest release and best opening weekend stats.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    The saffron Vera Wang dress, which she wore to the Academy Awards in March 2006, has been cited by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of the Best Oscar dresses of all time.
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  • 2005
    Age 24
    On October 28, 2005, Williams gave birth to their daughter Matilda Rose Ledger. During Williams and Ledger's time together, they lived together in Brooklyn, New York. By September 2007, the couple amicably ended their three-year relationship.
    More Details Hide Details Of the break-up, People quoted her telling Elle magazine, "I didn't know where to go. I couldn't imagine any place in the world that was gonna feel good to me."
    In late April 2005 People first reported that Williams and Ledger were expecting a child together.
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    Williams and McGregor worked together again in Incendiary, about the aftermath of a terrorist attack at a football game, based on Chris Cleaves's 2005 book of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed the protagonist, an unnamed adulterous British mother who loses her husband and son in the attack. In his The Independent review, Robert Hanks assessed it to be "sloppy" and said Williams deserved better.
    With Meat Loaf, she starred as an impressionable young woman fixated on mental health in A Hole in One, a period piece that was the 2005 feature film debut of Richard Ledes and generally ignored.
    More Details Hide Details In a rare comedy turn, she starred in The Baxter alongside writer/director Michael Showalter. The film received mostly negative reviews, but critics praised Williams. "Only when Williams is around does the movie seem human, true, and funny: Even in her slapstick there's pain," wrote The Boston Globe reporter Wesley Morris. "She's almost too good: It's not until she's left a scene that you realize the movie isn't working." Released on August 26, Showalter's movie made $37,000 opening weekend before going on to gross over $180,000 domestically. Williams gained public recognition for Brokeback Mountain, a film directed by Ang Lee that depicts the homosexual relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal). Williams plays Ennis' wife Alma, who becomes aware of the true nature of his and Jack's relationship when she sees them in an embrace. After viewing The Station Agent, casting director Avy Kaufman suggested to Lee that he cast Williams as Alma. The film was a box office hit, grossing around $178 million worldwide in ticket sale revenue against its $14 million production costs. The film received eight Oscar nominations, the most for any film that year, including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Williams, and it won three accolades at the 78th Academy Awards.
  • 2004
    Age 23
    Williams began dating Australian actor Heath Ledger, her Brokeback Mountain co-star, in 2004 after meeting on the set of their film.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    After Creek ended in 2003, Williams admitted having difficulty finding the right roles, and said she was seen as a "pop tart".
    More Details Hide Details That year, she played Varya in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard with Jessica Chastain and Linda Emond at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Wim Wenders wrote the film Land of Plenty (2004), which investigates anxiety and disillusionment in a post-9/11 America, with Williams in mind. She played Lana, a worker in a homeless shelter trying to contact her troubled Vietnam veteran uncle (John Diehl). The 2006 Independent Spirit Awards nominated her for Best Actress. She next appeared in Imaginary Heroes (2005), about the effect a son's suicide has on his suburban family. It made less than $300,000 worldwide in ticket sales.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 16
    Following in her father's footsteps, in 1997 Williams entered the Robbins World Cup Championship of Futures Trading which she won by turning $10,000 into more than $100,000.
    More Details Hide Details With a return of 900%, Williams is currently ranked as the third highest winner of the competition since it began in 1984. She appeared in the HBO television movie sequel If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000). Divided into three separate sections, it follows lesbian couples in different time periods. Williams and Chloë Sevigny appeared in the second segment, which revealed bitter divisions in the feminist movement during 1972. While Entertainment Weekly critic, Ken Tucker, praised Sevigny, he said Williams had overdone her character's "grinning eagerness to be naughty". From then on, Williams began to work in independent features, which attracted smaller audiences. "I feel like I haven't been working in a particularly flashy or visible way," she reflected to Vogue magazine. "If you weren't looking for them, you would miss the movies that I've made that I'm proud of." For Me Without You (2001), Williams co-starred with Anna Friel. The movie's reception was split, with review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, reporting it to have a 66 percent rating based on 65 reviews. Next was Prozac Nation (2002), starring Christina Ricci and based on the autobiography of the same name by Elizabeth Wurtzel. It dealt with her struggle with major depression. Asked if her roommate role was interesting to play, Williams said: "I think what it needed to be was helpful. Somebody to stand like this her hand so that she Ricci could keep smacking up against it."
    In 1997, unhappy with the roles they were being offered, Williams and several actor friends wrote a script entitled Blink.
    More Details Hide Details It was sold, but nothing happened with it. A starring role alongside James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson in hit teen TV drama, Dawson's Creek (1998–2003), helped raise them to prominence. At age 17, Williams portrayed Jen Lindley, to whom she related because they both grew up "too fast." For filming of the semi-autobiographical series based on its creator, Kevin Williamson's childhood, she moved to North Carolina. In an interview with USA Today, she described her character as "this stable, happy-go-lucky girl still wrestling with demons." She said that being on Creek enabled her to choose her projects, and has stated that Being on a show like Dawson's Creek for so long you spend so much of the year doing something you are not entirely invested in. So when you devote yourself to nine months of the year to that kind of work, you have to make awfully certain that you spend the three precious months off in a way that's true and not time-wasting.
  • 1996
    Age 15
    Five months after giving birth, Williams was back in front of the camera for The Hottest State, a film by Ethan Hawke adapted from his 1996 book.
    More Details Hide Details Critics gave it negative reviews for being too pretentious and self-aware. Variety writer Leslie Felperin believed the film underused Williams as one of the main character's former lovers. It did a limited theatrical run on August 24, ultimately grossing $137,340. Williams played Edie Sedgwick, muse of Andy Warhol, as a part of the biographical ensemble piece I'm Not There, inspired by the musician Bob Dylan. In October 2006, she signed on to play a blonde known as S, who seduces Ewan McGregor's character in Deception (2008), originally called The Tourist.
  • 1993
    Age 12
    In 1993, she portrayed the role of Bridget Bowers in Baywatch.
    More Details Hide Details The actress debuted in the adventure film Lassie (1994). In Species, she played a role as the younger version of Sil, an alien-human who quickly grows up to become the monster character played by Natasha Henstridge. Following this, Williams made appearances in the made-for-television movies My Son Is Innocent (1996), which saw her transition into more dramatic work, and Killing Mr. Griffin (1997), where she plays a member of Susan's (played by Amy Jo Johnson) geek clique. At age 15, with her parents' approval, she filed for emancipation from them, so she could better pursue her acting career and not have to worry about child labor work laws. After completing the ninth grade at the Upper School of Santa Fe Christian Schools, in Solana Beach, California, she left school because of severe bullying. Subsequently, Williams was home-tutored by her father and later graduated with a GED from a correspondence school.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on September 9, 1980.
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