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  • First NameMichelle Williams

Michelle Williams is an American actress. She has been a professional actress since she was 13 and has been nominated for numerous accolades. 

In addition to being nominated for four Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, and a Tony Award, Michelle has won two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award and two Critics’ Choice Awards.   

In this article, we look at the net worth of Michelle Williams.

What Is The Net Worth, Salary, And Income Sources Of Michelle Williams? 

As of April 2020, Michelle Williams’ net worth is believed to be somewhere between $16 million (therichest.com) and $30 million (celebritynetworth.com). 

Michelle made her acting debut when she was 13 when she appeared in an amateur production of the musical play, Annie. She made her on-screen debut in the TV series Baywatch and her film debut in the 1994 family movie, Lassie.

When she got emancipated from her parents at 15 and started living alone in Burbank, Los Angeles, she struggled to find substantial work until she landed a lead role in the teen-drama, Dawson’s Creek. She starred as Jen Lindley from 1998 and 2003.

She also became a staple of arthouse indie projects such as Dick and But I’m a Cheerleader.     

Michelle spent the next few years balancing a stint in Dawson’s Creek with breaking the typecast and playing avant-garde roles in indie projects.

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In 2004, Michelle got in the good graces of both the blockbuster movie buffs and indie cinephiles with a starring role in the romantic-drama, Brokeback Mountain starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Anne Hathaway.

The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards (winning three) including a nomination in the Supporting Actress category for Michelle. 

The movie proved monumental in more ways than one as Michelle started dating her on-screen husband, Heath Ledger and would go on to have a daughter with him.   

Michelle would go on to be nominated for three additional Academy Awards: for Blue Valentine (2011), My Week with Marilyn (2012), and Manchester by the Sea (2016) — albeit without a win.

She also starred in blockbuster movies like Shutter Island (2010), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), The Greatest Showman (2017), and Venom (2018). 

She recently starred in the FX biographical miniseries Fosse/Verdon, where she won the Primetime Emmy Award and the Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of actress and dancer Gwen Verdon.  

Box Office Earnings

Movie TitleBudget (In $)Earnings (In $)
Brokeback Mountain (2005) 14 million178.1 million
Shutter Island (2010) 80 million294.8 million
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) 200–215 million493.3 million
Manchester by the Sea (2016) 9 million79 million
The Greatest Showman (2017) 84 million435 million
Venom (2018) 100–116 million856.1 million

Early Life And Childhood

Michelle Williams was born Michelle Ingrid Williams on September 9, 1980. Born to the author, stock and commodity trader, and politician Larry R. Williams, and his wife, Carla, Michelle spent nine years of her life in Kalispell, Montana, with her three paternal half-siblings, and younger sister, Paige.

Her family moved to San Diego, California when she was 9. She was enamored with acting when she saw a local production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

She studied at Santa Fe Christian Schools while continuing to audition for roles and realizing that she had to give up on or the other, she dropped out of school and was home-schooled. She filed for emancipation from her parents at age 15 so that she could pursue acting more rigorously.

Personal Life, Marriages, And Children

Michelle was in a relationship with the Australian actor Heath Ledger from 2004 to 2007. They met on-set of Brokeback Mountain and subsequently started dating.  

They welcomed their first and only child, Matilda Rose Ledger, on October 28, 2005. They separated in 2007, mere months before Heath Ledger would die of an accidental overdose on January 22, 2008.

Heath is most known for his portrayal of the Joker in the 2008 superhero movie, The Dark Knight, which was in the midst of editing when he passed away. His performance would garner him a posthumous win at the Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, and the BAFTA Awards.

Michelle’s love life would stay under the radar for the better part of a decade before she made the leap and married the musician Phil Elverum in July 2018. Their marriage lasted all of nine months before they called it off in 2019.

She also dated Spike Jonze for a brief time. 

On December 30, 2019, People Magazine broke the news that Michelle Williams was engaged to director Thomas Kail and expecting a child with Kail; her second after Matilda.