'Dawson's Creek': Where Are They Now?
Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley)
Although Jen Lindley dies of a fatal heart condition in the series finale, Michelle Williams, 31, has enjoyed the most successful career of the former Capeside crew.
After receiving a best-supporting actress Oscar nomination in 2005 for "
Brokeback Mountain," Williams appeared in a string of serious, critically acclaimed movies including "
, New York," "
Blue Valentine" (cue her second Oscar nomination), and "
Shutter Island." She's currently getting rave reviews (and another Oscar nod) for her star turn as the iconic Marilyn Monroe in "
My Week With Marilyn," and she's sure to dazzle as Glinda in 2013's "
Williams started dating her "Brokeback" co-star Heath Ledger in June 2004, and the couple had a daughter, Matilda, on October 28, 2005. In a tragic twist, Ledger died of a prescription drug overdose on January 22, 2008, only a few months after he and Williams called it quits. In the October 2011 issue of Vogue, Williams revealed, "For a really long time, I couldn't stop touching people's faces. I was like, 'Look at you. You move. You're here.' It all just seemed so fleeting, and I wanted to hold on to it."
In the wake of Ledger's death, Williams has developed a thing for guys behind the camera: After dating director Spike Jonze from 2008 to 2009, Williams was rumored to have had a relationship with "
Jane Eyre" director Cary Fukunaga in early 2011.
There's always been a lot of "City Girl" Jen in Williams -- emotional pain included. Fortunately, she hasn't let it bring her down. At all.