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      Michelle Williams

      Michelle Williams

      Highest Rated: 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Deception (2008)

      Birthday: Sep 9, 1980

      Birthplace: Kalispell, Montana, USA

      After enjoying initial stardom on the angst-fueled teen series "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Michelle Williams essayed complex, multi-faceted women in such critical and popular hits as "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), "Blue Valentine" (2010), "Manchester by the Sea" (2016) and "Fosse/Verdon" (FX, 2019). Born Michelle Ingrid Williams in Kalispell, Montana on September 9, 1980, she relocated with her younger sister and three paternal half-siblings to San Diego, California when she was nine years of age. There, she became interested in acting after seeing a stage version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and began appearing in local theater productions. In her teenaged years, Williams began traveling to Los Angeles to audition for film and television roles, and made her screen debut as a seductive teenager in a 1993 episode of "Baywatch" (NBC/syndicated, 1989-2001). Appearances in features like "Lassie" (1994) and "Species" (1995) preceded her breakout role on "Dawson's Creek." Williams played Jen Lindley, the most visibly troubled member of the series' quartet of self-analyzing teens; though a ratings hit and a launching board for Williams's appearances in teen-oriented features like "Halloween: H20" (1998) and "Dick" (1999), she longed for more substantive work, and found it between seasons in the Off-Broadway production of Tracy Letts's Killer Joe and the HBO feature "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000), which cast her and Chloe Sevigny as young gay women in a relationship. When "Creek" ended in 2003, Williams continued to seek out challenging fare: she was a young woman embroiled in a destructive relationship with friend Anna Friel in "Me Without You" (2001), and a small-town librarian involved with reclusive Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent" (2003) before scoring a personal and professional triumph with Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). Cast as Heath Ledger's long-suffering wife, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, while also forging a romantic relationship with Ledger that resulted in the birth of a daughter in 2005. Their union ran aground in 2007, one year before Ledger's tragic death from a prescription overdose; Williams found solace in her work, which included Todd Haynes's film about Bob Dylan, "I'm Not There" (2007) and Charlie Kaufman's unique "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), as well as a near-solo turn as a homeless woman in "Wendy and Lucy" (2008). She capped this string of indies with a potent turn as a woman who committed infanticide in Martin Scorsese's supernatural thriller "Shutter Island" (2010) and as a woman in a troubled marriage to Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine" (2010), the latter of which earned her a second Oscar nomination. A third Academy nod would come the following year with her turn as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn" (2011), which Williams followed with a diverse collection of projects, from Sarah Polley's mature romance "Take This Waltz" (2011) to Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" (2012), which cast her as Glinda the Good Witch. The latter was chosen to appeal to her daughter, Mathilde Rose, and Williams' desire to provide a more constant presence in her life led to stage work that culminated in a 2014 Broadway run as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and a 2016 Tony nomination for Blackbird. She returned to films in 2016 as Casey Affleck's estranged wife in Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea," which netted a fourth Oscar nomination. Its critical success spurred a flurry of activity by Williams, who moved swiftly from the lavish musical "The Greatest Showman" (2017) to Ridley Scott's troubled drama "All the Money in the World" (2018), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination as the mother of kidnapping victim J. Paul Getty. A rare foray into big-budget genre films came with "Venom" (2018), an adaptation of the Marvel Comics series with Tom Hardy, provided her with the highest-grossing film of her career, which she followed with an English-language remake of "After the Wedding" (2019). Williams then returned to television for the first time since "If These Walls Could Talk 2" for "Fosse/Verdon," a miniseries based on the tumultuous lives and careers of choreographer and filmmaker Bob Fosse (played by Sam Rockwell) and dancer Gwen Verdon. As Verdon, Williams won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. While filming, Williams began dating director Thomas Kail;it was announced in December 2019 that the couple had gotten engaged and that Williams was pregnant with her second child.

      Highest rated movies

      Manchester by the Sea poster Manchester by the Sea The Station Agent poster
      The Station Agent
      The Fabelmans poster The Fabelmans Certain Women poster Certain Women Showing Up poster
      Showing Up
      Brokeback Mountain poster Brokeback Mountain Lassie poster Lassie Meek's Cutoff poster
      Meek's Cutoff

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      90% No Score Yet Showing Up Lizzy (Character) - 2022
      92% 83% The Fabelmans Mitzi Fabelman (Character) $17.3M 2022
      57% 84% Venom: Let There Be Carnage Anne Weying (Character) $213.5M 2021
      45% 76% After the Wedding Isabel (Character) $1.6M 2019
      30% 80% Venom Anne Weying (Character) $213.5M 2018
      35% 35% I Feel Pretty Avery LeClaire (Character) $48.8M 2018
      79% 66% All the Money in the World Gail Harris (Character) $24.8M 2017
      56% 86% The Greatest Showman Charity Barnum (Character) $174.0M 2017
      68% 55% Wonderstruck Elaine (Character) $1.0M 2017
      96% 78% Manchester by the Sea Randi Chandler (Character) $47.7M 2016
      92% 52% Certain Women Gina Lewis (Character) $1.0M 2016
      76% 69% Suite Fran├žaise Lucile Angellier (Character) - 2014
      56% 56% Oz the Great and Powerful Annie/Glinda (Character) $234.9M 2013
      79% 58% Take This Waltz Margot (Character) $1.2M 2011
      83% 71% My Week With Marilyn Marilyn Monroe (Character) $85.3K 2011
      86% 53% Meek's Cutoff Emily Tetherow (Character) $977.6K 2010
      86% 77% Blue Valentine Cindy (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $9.7M 2010
      68% 77% Shutter Island Dolores (Character) $128.0M 2010
      45% 63% Mammoth Ellen (Character) $8.5K 2009
      20% 34% Incendiary Young Mother (Character) - 2008
      86% 67% Wendy and Lucy Wendy (Character) $856.9K 2008
      69% 71% Synecdoche, New York Claire Keen (Character) $3.1M 2008
      11% 31% Deception S (Character) $4.6M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Testimonies of Faith: Humble Journey's Unknown (Character) - 2007
      77% 69% I'm Not There Coco Rivington (Character) $4.0M 2007
      30% 42% The Hawk Is Dying Betty (Character) $6.1K 2006
      88% 82% Brokeback Mountain Alma Beers Del Mar (Character) $83.0M 2005
      32% 75% The Baxter Cecil Mills (Character) $181.9K 2005
      63% 62% Land of Plenty Lana (Character) - 2004
      17% No Score Yet A Hole in One Anna Watson (Character) - 2004
      35% 81% Imaginary Heroes Penny Travis (Character) $228.5K 2004
      34% 81% The United States of Leland Julie Pollard (Character) $343.8K 2003
      94% 89% The Station Agent Emily (Character) $5.7M 2003
      67% 78% Me Without You Holly (Character) $301.2K 2001
      28% 58% Prozac Nation Ruby (Character) - 2001
      11% 51% Perfume Halley (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 83% If These Walls Could Talk 2 Linda (Character) - 2000
      72% 53% Dick Arlene Lorenzo (Character) $6.2M 1999
      53% 49% Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Molly Cartwell (Character) $55.0M 1998
      24% 42% A Thousand Acres Pammy (Character) $7.9M 1997
      No Score Yet 48% Killing Mr. Griffin Maya (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Son Is Innocent Donna (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 0% Timemaster Annie (Character) - 1995
      42% 31% Species Young Sil (Character) $58.7M 1995
      88% 56% Lassie April Porter (Character) $8.3M 1994

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2017 2019 2023
      No Score Yet 46% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2019 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
      81% 86% Fosse/Verdon Gwen Verdon (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2019
      No Score Yet 50% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011 2016
      No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      2002 2010
      No Score Yet 77% Dawson's Creek Jennifer "Jen" Lindley (Character) 1998-2003
      No Score Yet 69% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 100% Step by Step Unknown (Guest Star) 1994