Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams was one of the few actresses who displayed the talent and drive to parlay success on a primetime teen drama into a career as a respected film actress. She spent six seasons on the flagship adolescent offering, "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), while spending her summers building a fan base of independent film fans in smart, dark comedies and dramatic explorations of the twenty-something experience. She reached critical heights with her heartbreaking portrayal of a young, small-town wife opposite Heath Ledger in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," earning Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her supporting role. The onscreen pairing took on an even more heartbreaking poignancy following the 2008 death of Ledger, who had since become the father of he and Williams child after the couple enjoyed a seemingly happy and domesticated two years together. Despite the tragic setback, Williams nonetheless continued to perform at a high level, earning award recognition and critical acclaim with her brave performances in "Blue Valentine" (2010) and "My Week with Marilyn" (2011), while confirming her status as one of the more talented leading actresses of her generation.