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A collector of rare books, Michelle Williams made her appearance in the world Sept. 9, 1980, in Kalispell, Mont. When she was 10, her family moved to San Diego, where she began her acting career in community theater. Two years later, she was commuting to Tinseltown for auditions.

Williams splashed onto the big screen for the first time in 1994's Lassie. She also started landing roles on television shows such as "Step by Step" and "Home Improvement." In 1995, she played a memorable part in Species and continued in the horror vein with Halloween: H20 in 1998. Next up was the mordant comedy Dick (1999), followed by her breakthrough role on the TV series "Dawson's Creek."

Among the star's other notable films are A Thousand Acres (1997), Prozac Nation (2001) and Brokeback Mountain (2005), which netted Williams an Oscar nomination. Her work in 2010's Blue Valentine earned her Independent Spirit, Golden Globe and Academy Award nods.

Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

2016 R

While working as a handyman in Boston, taciturn loner Lee Chandler gets word that his brother Joe has died of a coronary. After returning to the siblings' hometown, Lee receives another shock: He's been named legal guardian of Joe's 16-year-old son.

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  • Michelle Williams in Dick Dick
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  • Michelle Williams in Lassie Lassie
  • Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn My Week with Marilyn
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  • Michelle Williams in I'm Not There I'm Not There
  • Michelle Williams in If These Walls Could Talk 2 If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Michelle Williams in Prozac Nation Prozac Nation
  • Michelle Williams in The Hawk Is Dying The Hawk Is Dying
  • Michelle Williams in Incendiary Incendiary
  • Michelle Williams in Take This Waltz Take This Waltz
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  • Michelle Williams in Perfume Perfume
  • Michelle Williams in Wendy and Lucy Wendy and Lucy
  • Michelle Williams in Dawson's Creek Dawson's Creek
  • Michelle Williams in Me Without You Me Without You
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  • Michelle Williams in Imaginary Heroes Imaginary Heroes
  • Michelle Williams in Land of Plenty Land of Plenty
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  • Michelle Williams in A Hole in One A Hole in One
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