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Born: September 9, 1980
Birthplace: Kalispell, Montana
Michelle Ingrid William is an American actress. She started her career with television guest appearances during the 1990s.
Williams got recognition from her role as Jen Lindley on The WB teen drama Dawson’s Creek.
Williams started acting by making guest appearances in television programs such as Step by Step and Home Improvement. She made her official debut in the film Lassie.
After finishing her high school freshman year at the Upper School of Santa Fe Christian Schools in California, Williams left school because of bullying. She continued her education being tutored at home by her father.
She moved to Los Angeles, CA and snagged her role in Dawson’s Creek.
In 2000, Williams appeared in the HBO television movie sequel If These Walls Could Talk 2. It follows lesbian couples in different time periods. In 2001, Williams appeared in Me Without You alongside Anna Friel. In 2002, Williams had a role in Prozac Nation starring Christina Ricci.
In 2004, Williams appeared in Land of Plenty, which investigates post 9/11 America.
Williams gained some more positive public recognition for her role as Ennis Del Mar's wife in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. Williams received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2009, Williams snagged a role in the psychological thriller Shutter Island alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. She played DiCaprio’s wife. In December 2010, Williams landed a role in the romantic drama Blue Valentine alongside Ryan Gosling. Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress, as well as an Academy Award.
Williams snagged a coveted role in My Week with Marilyn. Williams won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance. After that, Williams starred alongside James Franco in the Walt Disney Oz the Great and Powerfule. Subsequently, Williams has signed on for the sequel.
Williams dated Heath Ledger for 3 years and has a daughter with him, Matilda Rose Ledger.