A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle
Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and
Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is
Norwegian, as well as German, English, Swedish, Swiss-German, Danish,
Welsh, and Scottish.
Williams was first known as bad girl Jen Lindley in the television series Dawson's Creek (1998). She appeared in the comedy film Dick (1999) which was a parody of the Watergate Scandal along with Kirsten Dunst as well as Prozac Nation (2001) with Christina Ricci. Since then, Michelle has worked her way into the world of independent films such as The Station Agent (2003), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and The Baxter (2005). But her real success happened in 2005 when she starred in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005) as Alma Beers Del Mar. A woman who realizes her husband is in love with another man. Her talent shown in Brokeback Mountain
(2005) landed her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting
Actress. In 2011, she received her first lead role Academy Award
nomination for Blue Valentine (2010). She followed this in 2012 with a lead role Academy Award nomination for My Week with Marilyn (2011).
In 1999, she was chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21."
Loves reading in her spare time.
Legally emancipated from her parents at age 15.
Wrote a script called "Don't Blink" which was sold but never made.
Collects rare books. Owns a first edition of The Great Gatsby amongst others.
Was in a relationship with Conor Oberst (1999-2001). Some songs for his band, 'Bright Eyes', are about her.
In 2000, she was on Entertainment Weekly's annual It List.
At age 16, she won the Robbins Trading Company World Cup Championship of Futures Trading by turning $10,000 into $100,000. It is the second highest profit in the tournament's history.
Dated singer/songwriter Andy Herod (of "The Comas") for two years. His latest album "Conductor" is about their relationship and his heartbreak after it ended. Michelle also features in the accompanying short film of the same name.
Was roommates with Christina Ricci whilst filming Prozac Nation (2001) with her.
Has one younger sister Paige and three older half siblings from her father's first marriage - Jason, Kelley, and Sara.
Her father Larry is a Commodities Trader and is divorced from her mother Carla.
In 2003, she was one of ELLE girl's 25 Favorite Hot, Young, Talented New Stars.
Michelle and her fiancé Heath Ledger had a girl, Matilda Ledger, on October 28, 2005, in Brooklyn, New York.
The godparents of her daughter Matilda are Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps (her Dawson's Creek (1998) co-star).
Her father Larry is a former Republican candidate for Montana State Senate.
First cast-member of Dawson's Creek (1998) to receive an Oscar nomination.
Was in a relationship with Heath Ledger, having met on the set of Brokeback Mountain (2005) (June 2004-September 2007). They were both nominated for Oscars for their performances in the film.
Her ex-fiancé and father of her daughter Matilda, Heath Ledger, died on January 22, 2008.
Was in a relationship with Spike Jonze, having met on the set of Where the Wild Things Are (2009) (July 2008-September 2009).
Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her daughter Matilda to begin filming The Hottest State (2006).
Michelle's father is of half Norwegian, one quarter German, and approximately one quarter English, ancestry. Michelle's mother is of three eighths Norwegian descent, with Michelle's mother's other ancestry including Swedish, Swiss-German, Danish, English, Welsh, and Scottish.
Resides in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York.
Katharine Hepburn is one of her favorite actresses.
Received the Desert Palm Achievement Actress award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 7, 2012.
The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is 5 years, between Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Blue Valentine (2010).
Living in Brooklyn, New York with her daughter, Matilda Ledger. [February 2009]
Was offered the role of Miss San Antonio in Machete Kills (2013) but declined. The role went to Amber Heard.
Was director Liv Ullmann's original choice to play the title role of Miss Julie (2014), but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
Face of Louis Vuitton Handbags and Jewellery since 2013.
Accepted the role of Glinda in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) so that her daughter Matilda could watch a movie with her.
Was on director Baz Luhrmann's shortlist for the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (2013). The role went to Carey Mulligan.
Was considered for the role of Helene in Burnt (2015). The role went to Sienna Miller.
Was considered for the role of Daisy Domergue in The Hateful Eight (2015). Jennifer Jason Leigh was cast instead.
Has starred in three films directed by Kelly Reichardt: Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek's Cutoff (2010) and Certain Women (2016).
Williams and her Shutter Island (2010) co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, have both appeared in Lassie productions. DiCaprio appeared in two episodes of The New Lassie (1989) when he was 15 years old, while Williams made her film debut in Lassie (1994), when she was 13.
Appeared in two films with Ryan Gosling: The United States of Leland (2003) and Blue Valentine (2010). They lived in the same house for four weeks while filming Blue Valentine in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
Two of her films premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea (2016) and Certain Women (2016). She couldn't attend the festival because she was in rehearsals for the Broadway play "Blackbird".
Nominated for the 2016 Best Leading Actress in a Play Tony Award
for her performance in "Blackbird". She lost the award to Jessica Lange for her performance in "Long Day's Journey into Night".