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The Michelle Williams Bio

The Michelle Williams Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:

My Week With Marilyn

Anyone who can begin to play Marilyn Monroe has to be a brilliant actress. In her Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance, Williams is transcendent. Though she often plays frumpy, waifish lower-class losers, she uses that to portray a vulnerable truer Marilyn, and one that is beautiful, sensitive and delightful. The film follows the behind-the-scenes travails of Monroe and Laurence Olivier in the making of "The Prince and the Showgirl."
Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Blue Valentine (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance opposite loser husband Ryan Gosling)
My Week with Marilyn (Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance as Marilyn Monroe, opposite Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier)
The Station Agent (a small-town librarian)
Dick (with Kirsten Dunst, a dog walker for Richard Nixon)
Me Without You (in a destructive friendship with Anna Friel)
Land of Plenty (in the wake of 9/11, a young altruistic woman)
Take This Waltz (wife of cookbook author Seth Rogen but in love with another man)
Shutter Island (murdered wife of Leonardo DiCaprio)
Brokeback Mountain (Oscar Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performance as the forlorn and neglected wife of cowboy Heath Ledger)
I'm Not There (Edie Sedgwick)
The Real Michelle Williams:
Me Without You / Blue Valentine >

A rather precocious teen, Michelle tried to emancipate herself from her parents.
Bits and Quirks:
Expert at disappearing into actual people (Sedgwick, Monroe), Williams can also disappear into "real" people, without charm or hope. Her petite frame and puffy cheeks, combined with a penchant for stooping her tiny shoulders and pouting, make her all the more vulnerable. She can add squinty, disapproving eyes to make herself less empathetic, too.
Great Scenes:
Brokeback Mountain

> Witnessing the kiss between husband Heath Ledger and his cowboy lover, Jake Gyllenhaal
> The quiet talk in bed with Heath
> The revelation about the made-up fishing story and her note

My Week With Marilyn

> The argument with husband Arthur Miller
> The nude swimming scene
> The sleepy break-up
> Visiting Colin Clark at the bar at the end
> The press conference

Shutter Island

> The dream scene where she turns to ashes
> The dream scene where she dies

The Station Agent

> At the bar, with Fin, revealing she is pregnant, and afterward with her boyfriend
> At the depot with Fin

Me Without You

> The heart to heart at the end with Marina and the following scene with her brother
> Discovering that Marina is seeing Kyle MacLachlan, the professor, and afterward with the brother
> The argument during the wedding dress fitting

Blue Valentine

> "I'm pregnant" scene on the bridge and afterward
> The fight at the hospital
> Singing the President's Song and dancing while Ryan Gosling plays the uke
> Meeting Gosling at the senior center
> Meeting on the bus
> Talking with her Gramma about love