Michelle Williams on screen and stage

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Michelle Williams is gently smiling for the camera.
Williams at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con

Michelle Williams is an American actress who has appeared in film, television, and on stage. Her first screen appearance was at the age of 13 in a 1993 episode of the television series Baywatch, and she made her film debut as the love interest of a teenage boy in Lassie (1994).[1][2] She subsequently had guest roles in the television sitcoms Step by Step and Home Improvement, and played the younger version of Natasha Henstridge's character in the science fiction film Species (1995).[3][4] Greater success came to Williams when she began starring as the sexually troubled teenager Jen Lindley in the teen drama series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003).[1][3] In 1999, she made her stage debut with the Tracy Letts-written play Killer Joe.[1]

In the 2000s, Williams eschewed parts in big-budget films in favor of roles with darker themes in independent productions such as Me Without You (2001) and The Station Agent (2003).[5][6] Despite positive reviews, these films were not widely seen.[7][8] This changed in 2005 when Williams played the neglected wife of Heath Ledger's character in Brokeback Mountain, a drama about star-crossed gay lovers, which became a critical and commercial success; Williams gained a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[9][10][11] Her career did not progress much in the next few years, but Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy (2008), in which she starred as a drifter searching for her missing dog, was critically acclaimed.[7][8][12]

Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island (2010), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, in which Williams had a supporting part, became her most widely seen film to that point.[8][11] She went on to receive two consecutive Oscar nominations for Best Actress for starring as an unhappily married woman in Blue Valentine (2010) and Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011); she also won a Golden Globe Award for the latter.[13][14][15] Williams next played Glinda in the commercially successful fantasy feature Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).[16][17] On Broadway, she played Sally Bowles in a revival of the musical Cabaret in 2014, and a sexual abuse survivor in a revival of the play Blackbird in 2016.[18] For the latter, she gained a Tony Award for Best Actress nomination.[19] Also in 2016, Williams took on the role of a grieving mother in Manchester by the Sea, for which she received her fourth Academy Award nomination.[20] The 2017 musical The Greatest Showman and the 2018 superhero film Venom emerged as two of her most commercially successful releases.[8][21] She returned to television in 2019 to portray Gwen Verdon opposite Sam Rockwell's Bob Fosse in the FX biographical miniseries Fosse/Verdon, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress.[22][23]

Film[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
1994 Lassie April Porter Daniel Petrie [2]
1995 Timemaster Annie James Glickenhaus [24]
1995 Species Young Sil Roger Donaldson [25]
1997 A Thousand Acres Pammy Jocelyn Moorhouse [26]
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Molly Cartwell Steve Miner [27]
1999 Dick Arlene Lorenzo Andrew Fleming [28]
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Kimberly Jamie Babbit [29]
2001 Perfume Halley Hunter Carson
Michael Rymer
[30]
2001 Me Without You Holly Sandra Goldbacher [6]
2001 Prozac Nation Ruby Erik Skjoldbjærg [31]
2003 The United States of Leland Julie Pollard Matthew Ryan Hoge [32]
2003 The Station Agent Emily Tom McCarthy [33]
2004 Land of Plenty Lana Wim Wenders [34]
2004 Imaginary Heroes Penny Travis Dan Harris [35]
2004 A Hole in One Anna Watson Richard Ledes [36]
2005 The Baxter Cecil Mills Michael Showalter [37]
2005 Brokeback Mountain Alma Beers del Mar Ang Lee [38]
2006 The Hawk Is Dying Betty Julian Goldberger [39]
2006 The Hottest State Samantha Ethan Hawke [40]
2007 I'm Not There Coco Rivington Todd Haynes [41]
2008 Deception S Marcel Langenegger [42]
2008 Incendiary Young mother Sharon Maguire [43]
2008 Synecdoche, New York Claire Charlie Kaufman [44]
2008 Wendy and Lucy Wendy Carrol Kelly Reichardt [45]
2009 Mammoth Ellen Vidales Lukas Moodysson [46]
2010 Blue Valentine Cindy Derek Cianfrance Also executive producer [14]
2010 Shutter Island Dolores Chanal Martin Scorsese [47]
2010 Meek's Cutoff Emily Tetherow Kelly Reichardt [48]
2011 My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe Simon Curtis [15]
2011 Take This Waltz Margot Sarah Polley [49]
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful Annie / Glinda[a] Sam Raimi [51]
2015 Suite Française Lucille Angellier Saul Dibb [52]
2016 Manchester by the Sea Randi Kenneth Lonergan [53]
2016 Certain Women Gina Lewis Kelly Reichardt [54]
2017 Wonderstruck Elaine Todd Haynes [55]
2017 The Greatest Showman Charity Barnum Michael Gracey [56]
2017 All the Money in the World Gail Harris Ridley Scott [57]
2018 I Feel Pretty Avery LeClaire Abby Kohn
Marc Silverstein
[58]
2018 Venom Anne Weying Ruben Fleischer [59]
2019 After the Wedding Isabel Bart Freundlich [60]
2021 Venom: Let There Be Carnage Not yet released Anne Weying Andy Serkis Post-production [61]

Television[edit]

Key
Denotes series that have not yet been aired Denotes series that have not yet been aired
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1993 Baywatch Bridget Episode: "Race Against Times: Part 1" [62]
1994 Step by Step J.J. Episode: "Something Wild" [63]
1995 Home Improvement Jessica Lutz Episode: "Wilson's Girlfriend" [64]
1995 Raising Caines Trish Caines Main role; season 1 [65]
1996 My Son Is Innocent Donna Winston Television movie [66]
1997 Killing Mr. Griffin Maya Television film [67]
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Jen Lindley Main role; 6 seasons [68]
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Linda Television film [69]
2013 Cougar Town Laurie's foster sister Episode: "Blue Sunday" [70][71]
2019 Fosse/Verdon Gwen Verdon Miniseries; also executive producer [72]

Stage[edit]

Year Production Role Theater Ref.
1999 Killer Joe Dottie SoHo Playhouse [73]
2002 Smelling a Rat Melanie-Jane Samuel Beckett Theatre [74]
2004 The Cherry Orchard Varya Williamstown Theatre Festival [75]
2014 Cabaret Sally Bowles Studio 54 [76]
2016 Blackbird Una Belasco Theatre [77]

Music video[edit]

Year Title Performer(s) Director Album Ref.
2012 "Paradise" Wild Nothing Matt Amato Nocturne [78]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ She played a dual role in the film.[50]

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