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Michelle Williams wins Spirit Award for portrayal of Marilyn

Michelle Williams wins Spirit Award for portrayal of Marilyn

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- To prepare for her role in "My Week with Marilyn," Michelle Williams learned to sing, dance, walk, talk and flirt like Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Artist,' 'Descendants' win big at Spirit Awards

'Artist,' 'Descendants' win big at Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "The Artist" was declared Best Feature at the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif., Saturday.
Poll: 'The Help' should win top Oscar

Poll: 'The Help' should win top Oscar

NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- "The Help" should be named Best Picture and George Clooney Best Actor at Sunday's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, respondents to a Harris poll said.
'Marilyn' to expand into 600 theaters

'Marilyn' to expand into 600 theaters

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- "My Week with Marilyn" is to expand into 600 American theaters in the days leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony, The Weinstein Co. said.
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Spielberg, Pitt, Streep attend Oscar lunch

Spielberg, Pitt, Streep attend Oscar lunch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg were among those who attended Monday's Oscar nominees luncheon in Los Angeles.
Clooney, Pitt to be SAG Award presenters

Clooney, Pitt to be SAG Award presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Kathy Bates, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain and Ben Kingsley are to be presenters at this weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles.
Stars line up to be SAG Awards presenters

Stars line up to be SAG Awards presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh and Jean Dujardin are confirmed to be presenters at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles.
'Hugo' leads with 11 Oscar nods

'Hugo' leads with 11 Oscar nods

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" led the field with 11 nods, including one for Best Picture, when Oscar nominations were announced in Los Angeles Tuesday.
'The Artist' up for 12 BAFTAs

'The Artist' up for 12 BAFTAs

LONDON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- "The Artist" was nominated for 12 Orange British Academy Film Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Tuesday.
'Artist,' 'Descendants' take top Globes

'Artist,' 'Descendants' take top Globes

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "The Descendants" and "The Artist" won the top-film prizes at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
'Help,' 'Moneyball' score Globe nods

'Help,' 'Moneyball' score Globe nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- "The Descendants," "The Help," "Hugo," "The Ides of March," "Moneyball" and "War Horse" were tapped for the Best Drama Golden Globe in Los Angeles Thursday.

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'Help,' 'Descendants' lead SAG Award nods

'Help,' 'Descendants' lead SAG Award nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- "The Artist," "The Help" and "The Descendants" earned multiple Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in Los Angeles Wednesday.
'Hugo,' 'Artist' earn 11 Critics' Choice nods apiece

'Hugo,' 'Artist' earn 11 Critics' Choice nods apiece

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- "Hugo" and "The Artist" each earned 11 nominations for the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, organizers announced in Los Angeles Tuesday morning.
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Actress Michelle Williams arrives at the 24th annual Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on February 21, 2009. Mickey Rourke and "The Wrestler" won top honors at the Spirit Awards here Saturday, the annual eve-of-Oscars salute to the best of independent cinema. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Michelle Ingrid Williams (born September 9, 1980) is an American actress. She first achieved recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on The WB television teen drama, Dawson's Creek, from 1998 to 2003. Williams later graduated to full-length features, including Prozac Nation (2001), Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as I'm Not There (2007), Shutter Island (2010) and Blue Valentine (2010), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Williams was born in Kalispell, Montana, the daughter of Carla Ingrid (née Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a stock and commodities trader. When Williams was nine, her family moved to San Diego, California, and, at an early age, she became interested in acting. At age 15, faced with her parents' disapproval, she emancipated herself from them. After completing the ninth grade at the Upper School of Santa Fe Christian Schools, in Solana Beach, California, she left school in order to pursue her acting career in Dawson's Creek.

In 1997, she won the Robbins World Cup Trading Championship, as her father had done 10 years earlier. She won after turning $10,000 into $110,000 over the course of a year and that gain (as of 2006) is the fourth highest in the history of that competition (her father has the highest).

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