And choosing the East Coast over the West Coast is still a smart move if you want to be relatively left alone.While the Big Apple, Brooklyn included, isn't exactly devoid of Hollywood-type activity, Los Angeles remains the heart of the biz—and all the pitfalls of fame that come with it.So Williams quickly had to get used to interest in her and her daughter increasing by a hundred-fold.And somehow, she has since managed to give Matilda a quiet, private life, while simultaneously cementing her own reputation as one of the finest actresses of her generation and having an enviable career as a star of film and theater and the face of luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Band of Outsiders.Michelle Williams went through the unimaginable, and then she proceeded to accomplish the impossible. The movie he would posthumously win an Oscar for the following year, .The actress' daughter, Matilda Ledger, was only 2 years old when the child's father, Heath Ledger, died of an accidental drug overdose on Jan. But while Hollywood was devastated by the senseless loss, and people started to dig into the destructive lifestyle Ledger was leading in the months leading up to his death, it was the loved ones left behind whose lives changed forever., for which both scored their first Oscar nominations—and they couldn't have looked more in love as they navigated, first, the film's festival circuit, and then the 2006 award season together.Williams, in particular, was positively radiant—not least because they were in the midst of becoming a family of three at the time—and every chance she got she talked about how proud she was of Ledger's performance."It's just deserved," she told E!News in December 2005, two months after she and Ledger had become parents. I forgot he was my boyfriend when I was watching it, I really did." And he was equally congratulatory, saying about Williams, "She's a phenomenal actress.
It wasn't difficult to imagine that she would never have broken up with him in the first place if his issues hadn't put their relationship in dire straits—and that hopes of a reconciliation were still on the table.
In some ways I'm sad to be moving further and further away from it."But first and foremost, Michelle had a child to raise—as a working mom, a single mom and, perhaps just as trickily, as a famous mom.
Though his films, of which Ledger made enough to suit any movie-watching mood, gave him cinematic immortality, it's Matilda who remains the human embodiment of Ledger's legacy.
"I email [Bell] once every couple of months and say, 'I owe you everything.
My daughter's happiness is in your hands.' Talk about a go-getter!