Hollywood actress Michelle Williams first came into the limelight in the late 1990s when she secured a spot in the main cast of the teen drama series Dawson’s Creek. For her groundbreaking role as Alma Beers Del Mar in the 2005 love drama movie Brokeback Mountain, Williams received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She received further Oscar nominations for her performances in Manchester by the Sea (2016), Blue Valentine (2010), and My Week with Marilyn (2011).
Williams’ portrayal of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011) also earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. The talented actress also received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway revival of the drama Blackbird (2016). Well over two decades after her acting debut, Michelle Williams has become an accomplished Hollywood actress.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
Michelle Ingrid Williams was born on September 9, 1980, in Kalispell, Montana, the daughter of Carla Ingrid (née Swenson) and Larry R. Williams. Her father Larry Williams is a stockbroker and a former Republican party politician. She has a younger sister Paige and three older half-brothers and sisters from her father’s previous marriage – Jason, Kelley, and Sara.
At the age of 9, Michelle’s family moved to San Diego, California. She developed a keen interest in acting from an early age and her parents, who supported her, were always willing to drive her to Los Angeles for film screenings.
In 1993 Michelle Williams made her acting debut on television in an episode of the hit series Baywatch. The following year she made her feature film debut in the adventure family film Lassie. Several guest roles in many television series, as well as film roles, followed. To combine her education with her flourishing acting career, Michelle decided to take homeschooling and was able to graduate from high school. She also emancipated herself from her parents at the age of 15 and moved to Los Angeles to live alone.
In 1997 Williams got her first big role as Jen Lindley in the teen drama series Dawson’s Creek. The talented actress appeared in all 6 seasons of the series from January 1998 to May 2003. She then moved to New York and played supporting roles in the drama film The United States of Leland (2003) and the comedy-drama The Station Agent (2003). The latter was highly acclaimed by critics and earned Michelle a SAG Award nomination for outstanding performance by a cast. She has also received recognition for her impeccable portrayal of emotionally troubled characters in films such as Land of Plenty (2004), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Blue Valentine (2010), and Manchester by the Sea (2016).
In 2005 Michelle Williams achieved her groundbreaking role in the tragic romance Brokeback Mountain, for which she received her first Oscar nomination. She also received another Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the romantic drama Blue Valentine (2010). Her performance of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011) also earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and her second consecutive Oscar nomination.
The talented actress made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival of the musical Carabet and also starred in the 2016 Broadway revival of Blackbird, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Michelle returned to the silver screen to star in the feature film Manchester by the Sea (2016), for which she received her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017 she received another Golden Globe nomination for her leading role in the crime thriller All the Money in the World.
Michelle Williams is notorious for her well-protected private life, although it is not known that she has been married in the past. Between 2004 and 2007 Michelle was in a relationship with the Australian actor and director Heath Ledger. The duo had met on the set of the film Brokeback Mountain. As a couple, Williams and Ledger lived together in New York, and in October 2005 the couple welcomed a child together. Their relationship ended in September 2007 and the couple separated amicably.
Michelle Williams also had a relationship with the director and filmmaker Spike Jonze. She and Jonze met on the set of Synecdoche, New York, where Michelle starred and Jonze was the producer. The relationship lasted from July 2008 to September 2009.
The star was also associated with other eligible men, including fellow actor Jason Segel. However, her relationship with the star of How I Met Your Mother ended in January 2013 and Michelle found love again in 2017 when she started dating a New York financial advisor named Andrew Youmans. The duo was seen together on several occasions.
Michelle Williams’ Daughter (Matilda Ledger)
The talented actress has a daughter, Matilda Rose Ledger, who was born during her relationship with the late Australian actor and director Heath Ledger. Matilda Ledger was born on October 28, 2008, in New York City. True to her character, Williams has shielded her daughter as much as possible from the eyes of the media.
But then the mother-daughter duo came into the limelight in early 2008 after the tragic death of Heath Ledger. Since then, Michelle has spent much of her time trying to make her daughter’s life as “normal” as possible.
Height and Body Measurements
The Hollywood star stands at a height of 163 cm (5 feet 4 inches). The talented actress, who is known for her ageless appearance, keeps her body weight at 54 kg (119 lb).
For her role as Marilyn Monroe in the 2011 drama My Week with Marilyn, the actress had to gain a few pounds to embody Monroe’s curvaceous figure. In the meantime, however, she has regained her slender physique. Michelle Williams’ trademark is undoubtedly her blonde hair and elfin haircut.