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Michelle Williams Biography

MICHELLE WILLIAMS (Sally Bowles)'s performances have established her as one of Hollywood's most sought-after and respected actors, earning her a Golden Globe Award and three Academy Award® nominations. Williams was most recently seen in Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, opposite James Franco, in which she starred as Glinda the Good Witch. She last played opposite Seth Rogen in Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. In late 2011, she took on the iconic Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn opposite Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench, a role that garnered her third Academy Award nomination, as well as nods from BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, in addition to Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award wins. Previously, Williams was seen in Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine opposite Ryan Gosling. Williams's captivating performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations and Independent Spirit Award nominations. Williams's performance in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, released in 2005, earned her nominations from Independent Spirit Award, SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Williams was also nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in Wim Wenders's Land of Plenty. In her first collaboration with Kelly Reichardt in the critically acclaimed independent film Wendy and Lucy, Williams's moving and evocative performance as Wendy garnered a Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 2009 and her third Independent Spirit Award Nomination. 2010 marked Williams second collaboration with director Kelly Reichardt in the period drama Meek's Cutoff, which won the Producers Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards as well as the SIGNIS Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Williams's other film credits include Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island, Sharon Maguire's Incendiary, Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Todd Haynes's I'm Not There, Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State, Thomas McCarthy's The Station Agent, Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You, and Andrew Fleming's Dick. In 2005, Williams was honored by the Motion Picture Club as Female Star of Tomorrow. On television, Williams starred opposite Chloë Sevigny in Martha Coolidge's HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk 2. She also had a six-year run as Jen Lindley on the WB's hit television series "Dawson's Creek." The series premiered in 1998 and remained one of the WB's top-rated shows throughout its run. On stage, Williams received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Varya in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also achieved critical acclaim for her run in Mike Leigh's Smelling a Rat at the Samuel Beckett Theatre and her off-Broadway debut in Killer Joe.

 
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