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Early life

Williams, youngest of five children, was born in Kalispell, Montana, the daughter of Carla, a homemaker, and Larry Williams, a well-known stock and commodities trader who is currently living in Australia while fighting extradition to the United States on allegations of U.S. Federal Income Tax evasion which he disputes. Further information: Larry Williams (trader)#Legal troubles When Williams was nine, her family moved to San Diego, California, and, at an early age, she became interested in acting. At age fifteen, faced with her parents' disapproval, she emancipated herself from them and, after completing the ninth grade at the Upper School of Santa Fe Christian Schools, in Solana Beach, California, she left school in order to pursue her acting career in Dawson's Creek. In 1997, at age sixteen, she won the Robbins World Cup Trading Championship, as her father had done ten years earlier. She turned $10,000 into $110,000 over the course of a year and that gain (as of 2006) is the fourth highest in the history of that competition (her father's being the highest).


Career

Williams's career began in television, appearing in programs such as the 1990's version of Lassie, Baywatch, Step by Step, and Home Improvement. Williams' first film role was in the motion picture Species. Soon after, she won additional roles, including the Jessica Lange-Michelle Pfeiffer film A Thousand Acres and the 1998 movie Halloween H20: 20 Years Later with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Hartnett. Williams's star profile rose considerably when in 1998, she was cast as one of the lead characters on the WB show Dawson's Creek. She would play Jen Lindley for all six seasons of the successful show.

During and after Dawson's Creek's run, Williams made strong turns in several notable indie films. Her first starring role was as Arlene in the film Dick, a satire of the Watergate scandal, opposite Kirsten Dunst. She starred opposite Christina Ricci in Prozac Nation, and also appeared in the HBO film If These Walls Could Talk 2, and several acclaimed indie pictures such as The United States of Leland, Me Without You, and Imaginary Heroes with Sigourney Weaver. For her performance in The Station Agent, Williams along with the rest of the cast received a Screen Actors Guild award nomination for Best Acting Ensemble. In 2005, critics and audiences took note of Williams's performance in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. For her performance, she won a Critic's Choice Award and received Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.

Since then, Williams has been cast in several highly anticipated films. In 2006, she appeared in The Hawk Is Dying, with Paul Giamatti; and in 2007, in The Hottest State, opposite Ethan Hawke, and in I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes, which also features Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Julianne Moore, among others.

She stars, along with Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman, in the film Deception, directed by Marcel Langenegger, released on April 25, 2008 in the U.S. She won best-supporting actress for Wendy and Lucy (2008) from Online Film Critics Society and Toronto Films Critics Association. For her film Blue Valentine in 2010 she won the best actress from San Francisco Film Circle and also got the nomination for best actress for Oscar. She was awarded eleven awards for her as best actress for her film Meek's cutoff. She played the role of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn in 2011.

In 2010, Martin Scorsese cast her as the dead wife who haunts marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Shutter Island, a psychological thriller based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 best-selling novel of the same name. It was released on 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.

In December 2010 she appeared with Ryan Gosling as a struggling married couple in the romantic drama Blue Valentine.

Williams co-starred with James Franco in Walt Disney Pictures's Oz the Great and Powerful, a 3-D prequel of The Wizard of Oz, released March 8, 2013, in which she played Glinda the Good Witch. She has signed to do a sequel to the film. In July 2013, she became the new face of Louis Vuitton handbags. Williams was featured in the music video for Wild Nothing's "Paradise", featured on the 2012 album Nocturne.

In 2015, she starred in the film adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky's World War II novel Suite Francaise, in which she played Lucille Angellier, a French villager who falls in love with Bruno von Falk, a German soldier played by Matthias Schoenaerts.


Personal Life

Williams was engaged to Australian actor Heath Ledger and gave birth to their daughter, Matilda Rose Ledger, on October 28, 2005, in New York City. Matilda's godfather is Jake Gyllenhaal while her godmother is Busy Philipps, Michelle's co-star on Dawson's Creek. The couple met on the set of the film Brokeback Mountain, in which they played husband and wife. During their time together they lived in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York. On September 2, 2007, People.com reported that Williams and Ledger had decided to split after three years together. On September 4, 2007, Williams' father confirmed to Sydney Daily Telegraph that Ledger and Williams had indeed split. In an interview given to Wonderland magazine, prior to Ledger's death, Michelle Williams spoke of their break-up and of her life as a single mother."

After Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment on January 22, 2008, from what was later determined to be an accidental overdose of doctor-prescribed medications, an unidentified source reported to Us Weekly the reaction of Williams, who was in a hotel room in Sweden, where she was filming Mammoth: "She cried and screamed as soon as she heard." On February 1, 2008, Ledger's publicist released the first public statement from Michelle Williams on her own response to his death: "Please respect our need to grieve privately. My heart is broken. I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him." In early February 2008, Williams flew from New York City first to Los Angeles and then to Perth, to attend memorial and funeral services, including a wake on Cottesloe Beach.


 
 
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