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Michelle Williams

Highest Rated:   96% Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Lowest Rated:   11% Perfume (2001)
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Birthplace:   Kalispell, Montana, United States
As semi-reformed bad girl Jennifer Lindley on Dawson's Creek, actress Michelle Williams garnered a certain type of notoriety unavailable to her more morality-inclined co-stars. In spite of this notoriety--or perhaps because of it--the role provided Williams with a wealth of opportunities, making her one of the foremost teen stars of the late 1990s. Born September 9, 1980 in small-town Kalispell, Montana and raised there until she was ten, Williams started acting after her family moved to San Diego. Beginning with roles in community theatre productions, she was soon shuttling back and forth to Los Angeles for auditions. Williams made her film debut in 1994 with Lassie, and then had a small but memorable part as the young version of the nubile and bloodthirsty alien in Species (1995). After the dismal and virtually unseen Timemaster (1995), Williams moved on to more auspicious fare with Jocelyn Moorhouse's A Thousand Acres (1997). Williams was cast as Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter, and the film's small-town setting must have given her some context for her next role, that of Jenn in Dawson's Creek. The show, which premiered in January of 1998, gave Williams her break-out role, and in short time she was besieged with movie offers and a stream of interviews.Williams' first film to exploit her newfound Dawson's fame was Halloween: H2O (1998), in which she starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis. The film opened to poor reviews but a strong box office performance, and paved the way for her to star in future films, including 1999's thoroughly weird political satire Dick. The film, which looks at the Watergate scandal from the point of view of two teenage girls (played by Williams and Kirsten Dunst), provided Williams with a chance to expand her range beyond the constraints of her Dawson's Creek character. As the new millennium began, Williams found herself more and more comfortable exploring independent film, participating in smaller but often extremely influential projects like Perfume (2001), The Station Agent (2003) and Prozac Nation (2003). In 2005, Williams signed on to appear in the groundbreaking Ang Lee film Brokeback Mountain. The critical acclaim surrounding the movie was overwhelming, bringing Williams a new level of notoriety. Her popularity was also bolstered when the public learned that she and costar Heath Ledger had become involved during filming. The two became engaged and had a daughter together, Matilda, in 2005, and though they would later separate in 2007, they remained close for the well being of their daughter. Tragically, Ledger was found dead of an accidental overdose the following year. The heartbreaking loss for both Williams and her daughter forced the actress to deal with additional public scrutiny at a time when she was most vulnerable, but she coped with the grief as best she could, by investing more energy in her work. In 2008 alone she would appear in numerous films, including the drama Incendiary with Ewan McGregor and the highly anticipated Charlie Kaufman directorial debut Synecdoche, New York.Williams persisted in working with very good directors, as well as indie helmers who could offer her challenging work. She earned strong reviews for her starring role in Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, and they worked together again on the western Meek's Cutoff. In addition, she worked with Martin Scorsese in his adaptation of Shutter Island.She also continued to earn awards for a steady string of impressive work including Blue Valentine, where her work as the female half of a failing marriage scored her Oscar, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit nominations for Best Actress. Then in 2011 she took on the challenge of playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, and was rewarded with rave reviews as well as Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actress.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
71% Wonderstruck
  • Elaine
2017
96% Manchester by the Sea
  • Randi
$47.7M 2016
92% Certain Women
  • Gina
$1.1M 2016
No Score Yet Project X
  • Actor
2016
75% Suite Française
  • Actor
$1.4M 2015
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy
  • Actor
2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Annie/Glinda
$235M 2013
No Score Yet Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream
  • Actor
2013
77% Take This Waltz
  • Margot
$1.1M 2012
83% My Week with Marilyn
  • Marilyn Monroe
$12.7M 2011
86% Meek's Cutoff
  • Emily Tetherow
$1M 2011
No Score Yet The Emperor's Children
  • Actor
2011
88% Blue Valentine
  • Cindy
$9.7M 2010
68% Shutter Island
  • Dolores
$125.1M 2010
46% Mammoth (Mammut)
  • Ellen
2009
23% Incendiary
  • Young Mother
2009
69% Synecdoche, New York
  • Claire Keen
$3M 2008
85% Wendy and Lucy
  • Wendy
$0.8M 2008
14% Deception
  • S
$4.6M 2008
76% I'm Not There
  • Coco Rivington
$4M 2007
32% The Hottest State
  • Samantha
2007
No Score Yet Beyonce: B'Day Anthology Video Album
  • Actor
2007
30% The Hawk Is Dying
  • Betty
2006
87% Brokeback Mountain
  • Alma Beers Del Mar
$83M 2005
32% The Baxter
  • Cecil Mills
2005
29% Prozac Nation
  • Ruby
2005
35% Imaginary Heroes
  • Penny Travis
2005
17% A Hole in One
  • Anna
2004
34% The United States of Leland
  • Julie Pollard
$0.3M 2004
62% Land of Plenty
  • Lana
2004
95% The Station Agent
  • Emily
2003
66% Me Without You
  • Holly
$55.8k 2002
11% Perfume
  • Halley
2001
34% But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Kimberly
$0.2M 2000
No Score Yet If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Linda
2000
70% Dick
  • Arlene Lorenzo
1999
No Score Yet Killing Mr. Griffin
  • Maya
1998
51% Halloween H2O
  • Molly
1998
23% A Thousand Acres
  • Pammy
1997
No Score Yet My Son Is Innocent
  • Donna Winston
1996
34% Species
  • Young Sil
1995
No Score Yet Timemaster
  • Annie
1995
87% Lassie
  • April
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet FABLife
2015
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
  • Performer
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Boston's Finest
2013-2014
  • Reality cast member
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
  • Jen Lindley
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998

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