Michelle Williams: a cross between Brigitte Bardot and Clint Eastwood

8 January, 2011

Michelle Williams October 2009

Michelle Williams October 2009

ABC said the interview that aired on “Nightline” was an accurate representation of their interview with Michelle Williams. She most certainly was asked questions about Heath Ledger, which she answered. Her one-on-one interview lasted one hour, not three.
Heath Ledger died of “acute intoxication” caused by the combined effects of the six drugs, oxycodone, the main ingredient in the prescription drug OxyContin, and hydrocodone, the principal pain reliever in the prescription drug Vicodin, three anti-anxiety medications: diazepam, the generic name for Valium; alprazolam, commonly known as Xanax; and temazepam, which is sold under the brand name Restoril; the drug doxylamine was also found in his system. It is an ingredient in some over-the-counter sleeping pills, and is also marketed in some nonprescription cold medicines that contain decongestants.

He was found dead in his new Soho apartment. Six prescription drugs were found: Ambien, Valium, anti-depressant Zoloft, Xanax, Zoplicone and Donormyl. At the time of his death, Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was 28. He dosed himself. Ingestion was the proximate cause of his death. That is where the courts call a halt. But it is a contemporary observation that human behavior rarely has just one cause. Starting her acting career at 13 with a bit part in ‘Baywatch’ Ms. Williams graduated to the teen-TV big leagues with ‘Dawson’s Creek’, Dawson’s Creek was a primetime television drama [January 20, 1998, May 14, 2003]. Her film career started with the forgettable and has grown and grown. Ms. Williams, with wisdom and application, has become a superior actor. She is now appealing to an adult audience. It is not in her interest to peel back the onion rings of causation leading to Mr. Ledger’s death.

But no WB graduate has put as much distance between themselves and their small-screen origins as Michelle Williams. Ryan Gosling has said, “She’s a cross between Brigitte Bardot and Clint Eastwood.”

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