Height: 5' 4''
Birth Date: September 9, 1980
Birth Place: Kalispell, Montana
Claim to fame: as Jennifer Lindley in Dawson's Creek
Michelle Ingrid Williams was born on September 9, 1980, in the small town of Kalispell in Montana. By the age of 10, she moved to San Diego where her parents enrolled her in a community theatre. Williams quickly caught the acting bug and soon found herself traveling back and forth from San Diego to Los Angeles on a regular basis for professional auditions.
Williams' first screen debut was at the age of 14 in an adaptation of the Lassie. Her career then shifted towards a darker road with appearances in two science-fiction movies called Timemaster and Species, where she played the little scared human-alien hybrid that escapes from the government lab and eventually evolves into a fully grown Natasha Henstridge.
Convinced by her acting talents and the signs that her career was starting to heat up, Williams turned to accelerated home schooling and graduated early. She then moved into a small Burbank apartment at the age of 15, and sought and got legal emancipation from her parents in order to pursue her career as an adult.
Michelle landed a series of small roles in television projects such as Raising Caines (1995), My Son Is Innocent (1996), and Killing Mr. Griffin (1997). After Michelle landed a role as Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter in the movie, A Thousand Acres, Michelle's real big break came in the form of a soap for teenagers.
In 1998, Michelle Williams landed a role playing Jennifer Lindley on Dawson's Creek, a show that opened a window into the lives of four friends with many adolescent issues. Williams admits to drawing on her own life experiences to inform her characterization of Dawson's Jennifer. The show made her instantly recognizable as the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Dawson Leery played by James Van Der Beek, the main character of the show.
Her career took a serious turn towards the big screen in 1998, when she landed a supporting role alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Her next two big screen flicks in 1999, had Williams co-starring with Kirsten Dunst in the comedy Dick, and then in the cult hit about being a gay teenager, But I'm a Cheerleader, with Natasha Lyonne.
In 2001, when Dawson's Creek was still in full swing, Michelle starred in three more big screen movies: Perfume, Prozac Nation and Me Without You.
In 2003, when the Creek bid adieu to its fans (Michelle's character died in the finale), Michelle's movie career was in full swing, seeing the release of The United Stated of Leland (at the Sundance Film Festival), The Station Agent and A Hole in One.