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The Michelle Williams Bio

The Michelle Williams Review – MovieActors.com

by Nate Lee

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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)
Blockbusters:
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.
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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

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