Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

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

Lowest Rated: 11% Deception (2008)

Birthday: Sep 09, 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Venom: Let There Be Carnage Anne Weying (Character) - 2021
45% 76% After the Wedding Isabel (Character) $1.6M 2019
35% 35% I Feel Pretty Avery LeClaire (Character) $48.8M 2018
30% 81% Venom Anne Weying (Character) $213.5M 2018
68% 55% Wonderstruck Elaine (Character) $1M 2017
79% 65% All the Money in the World Gail Harris (Character) $24.8M 2017
56% 86% The Greatest Showman Charity Barnum (Character) $174M 2017
91% 51% Certain Women Gina Lewis (Character) $1M 2016
96% 78% Manchester by the Sea Randi Chandler (Character) $47.7M 2016
76% 69% Suite Française Lucile Angellier (Character) - 2014
57% 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
87% 77% Blue Valentine Cindy (Character),
Executive Producer
$9.7M 2010
86% 53% Meek's Cutoff Emily Tetherow (Character) $977.6K 2010
68% 76% Shutter Island Dolores (Character) $128M 2010
45% 63% Mammoth Ellen (Character) $8.5K 2009
85% 67% Wendy and Lucy Wendy (Character) $856.9K 2008
11% 31% Deception S (Character) $4.6M 2008
20% 34% Incendiary Young Mother (Character) - 2008
69% 71% Synecdoche, New York Claire Keen (Character) $3.1M 2008
77% 69% I'm Not There Coco Rivington (Character) $4M 2007
30% 42% The Hawk Is Dying Betty (Character) $6.1K 2006
87% 82% Brokeback Mountain Alma Beers Del Mar (Character) $83M 2005
32% 75% The Baxter Cecil Mills (Character) $181.9K 2005
35% 81% Imaginary Heroes Penny Travis (Character) $228.5K 2004
62% 62% Land of Plenty Lana (Character) - 2004
17% No Score Yet A Hole in One Anna Watson (Character) - 2004
94% 89% The Station Agent Emily (Character) $5.7M 2003
34% 81% The United States of Leland Julie Pollard (Character) $343.8K 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
71% 53% Dick Arlene Lorenzo (Character) $6.2M 1999
53% 49% Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Molly Cartwell (Character) $55M 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
43% 31% Species Young Sil (Character) $58.7M 1995
88% 56% Lassie April Porter (Character) $8.3M 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2019
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fosse/Verdon Gwen Verdon (Character),
Executive Producer
2019
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet 51% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Weekly Cast Reunions Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2016-2017 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2017 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2016 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2016 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2013 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Piers Morgan Tonight Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightline Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Unknown (Character),
Guest
2010 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.com Guest 2008
No Score Yet 84% Dawson's Creek Jennifer "Jen" Lindley (Character) 1998-2003
No Score Yet 71% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Step by Step Unknown (Guest Star) 1994

QUOTES FROM Michelle Williams CHARACTERS

Cindy says: I never want to be like my parents. I know they must've loved each other at one time right? To just get it all out of the way before they had me. How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?

Marilyn Monroe says: All people ever see is Marilyn Monroe. As soon as they realize I'm not her, they run.

Annie/Glinda says: [as the bubbles are flying towards the shield] The shield allows a good-hearted person to pass.

Annie/Glinda says: The shield allows a good-hearted person to pass.

Oz says: [Panicking] I'm gonna die!

Oz says: I'm gonna die!

Oz says: [sotto voice, to Glinda] I might not actually be a wizard...

Oz says: I might not actually be a wizard.

Annie/Glinda says: Yes, but they don't know that.

Annie/Glinda says: The shield allows a good-hearted person to pass.

Oz says: I'm gonna die!

Annie/Glinda says: For the record, I knew you always had it in you.

Oz says: Greatness?

Annie/Glinda says: No, something better. Goodness.

Annie/Glinda says: If you can make them believe... then you're wizard enough

Annie/Glinda says: If you can make them believe, then you're wizard enough

Annie/Glinda says: I always knew you had it in you.

Oz says: Greatness?

Annie/Glinda says: No, better. Goodness.

Cindy says: How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?

Dean says: What's your name?

Cindy says: Go away.

Dean says: Go away? That's a weird name.

Dolores says: You have to let me go.

Teddy Daniels says: I can't!

Teddy Daniels says: I'm not gonna leave. I love you so much.

Dolores says: I'm just bones in a box, Teddy.

Ruby says: Lizzy, I'm not crying because you're mean. I just can't imagine how incredibly painful it must be to be you.

Margot says: I'm afraid of being afraid.

Daniel says: That sound like the most dangerous thing in the world.

Alma says: Don't try to fool me no more,Ennis! I know what that means! Jack Twist... Jack Nasty!! You didn't go up there to fish, you and him...

Alma says: Don't try to fool me no more, Ennis! I know what that means! Jack Twist... Jack Nasty! You didn't go up there to fish, you and him...

Ruby says: Lizzy, I'm not crying because you're mean. I just can't imagine how incredibly painful it must be to be you.

Marilyn Monroe says: Why do the people I love always leave me?

Marilyn Monroe says: People always see Marilyn Monroe. As soon as they realize I'm not her, they run.

Marilyn Monroe says: Don't forget me.

Colin Clark says: As if I could.

Marilyn Monroe says: Little girls shouldn't be told how pretty they are. They should grow up knowing how much their mother loves them.

Marilyn Monroe says: Thank you for being on my side.

Arthur Jacobs says: Marilyn, is it true you wear nothing in bed but Perfume?

Marilyn Monroe says: Darling, as I'm in England let's say I sleep in nothing but Yardley's lavender.

Marilyn Monroe says: People always see Marilyn Monroe. As soon as they realize I'm not her, they run.

Marilyn Monroe says: Little girls shouldn't be told how pretty they are. They should grow up knowing how much their mother loves them.

Dean says: But I'm not getting old.

Cindy says: Oh really?

Dean says: He's a dummy for dying.

Cindy says: Walter's a dummy for dying?

Dean says: Yeah.

Cindy says: What are you gonna do wise guy?

Bobby says: Not do it.

Dean says: You know I just talked to your Grandmother? That sounds weird, huh?

Cindy says: Yeah!

Dean says: Ok, let me put it into context.

Marilyn Monroe says: First loves is such a sweet Despair

Marilyn Monroe says: First love is such sweet despair.

Marilyn Monroe says: Surprise!

Marilyn Monroe says: All people ever see is Marilyn Monroe.

Alma says: You don't go there to fish.

Alma says: You didn't go up there to fish!

Claire Keen says: Knowing that you don't know is the first step to knowing, you know ?

Claire Keen says: Knowing that you don't know is the first and the most essential step to knowing, you know?

John Tate says: It just occurred to me today that I've never celebrated Halloween before.

Molly Cartwell says: And why's that?

John Tate says: Oh, we've got a psychotic serial killer in the family who loves to butcher people on Halloween, and I just thought it in bad taste to celebrate.

Will Brennan says: Just checking on the Hillcrest remains. You girls okay?

Molly Cartwell says: Good. Thanks, Mr. Brennan.

Sarah Wainthrope says: And how are you, Mr. Brennan? ...Looking cute as ever.

Sarah Wainthrope says: And how are you, Mr. Brennan? Looking cute as ever.

Will Brennan says: Thank you, Sarah. What are you two up to tonight?

Sarah Wainthrope says: Well, we thought we'd hit the town, pick up some guys. You know, drop some Roofies in their drinks. Have a whole date-rape evening.

Will Brennan says: Oh...Sounds good.

Will Brennan says: Oh. Sounds good.

Molly Cartwell says: Care to join us?

Will Brennan says: I can't. I'm, uh, I'm having my nipples pierced...But you two have a good time.

Will Brennan says: I can't. I'm, uh, I'm having my nipples pierced, But you two have a good time.

Will Brennan says: I can't. I'm, uh, I'm having my nipples pierced. But you two have a good time.

John Tate says: I just thought it in bad taste to celebrate.

Molly Cartwell says: So why now?

John Tate says: Mm, because there comes a point in your life where you have to concentrate...on what's right about it.

John Tate says: Mm, because there comes a point in your life where you have to concentrate on what's right about it.

Molly Cartwell says: Really?

John Tate says: And you...are a sterling example...of what's right. And tonight you get my full concentration.

John Tate says: And you are a sterling example, of what's right. And tonight you get my full concentration.

Cindy says: You're scared kid? I got to walk out of this place alone..

Cindy says: You're scared kid? I got to walk out of this place alone.

Dolores says: You want to uncover the truth? You have to let her go! (If not) then you'll never leave this island.

Ethel Barton says: The psych-obvious genius of it. Once you're declared insane, then anything you do is considered part of that insanity.