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Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams


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Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Beverly Hills, California on February 13, 2006.

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The movie Brokeback Mountain played an important role in the relationship of Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. They met on the set of Brokeback Mountain and were both nominated for Academy Awards for their roles as husband and wife in Brokeback Mountain.

Here's information about their relationship, daughter, wedding plans, separation, Heath's death, and more.

News Updates:

2/09/08: Friends of Heath Ledger, after a sunset swim after his cremation, "The sun goes down on our love, but it will never go down on Heathy."
Source: People.com

2/06/08: According to the New York City medical examiner, "Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other prescription drugs."
Source: SFGate.com

Kim Ledger, Heath's father: "While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."
Source: People.com

1/22/08: Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment.

9/03/07: News reports circulated that Heath and Michelle agreed to an amicable split.

1/23/07: People wondered if Michelle and Heath were secretly married when he was observed wearing a wedding ring.


Michelle Ingrid Williams: September 9, 1980 in Kalispell, Montana.

Heath Andrew Ledger: April 4, 1979 in Perth, Australia.


Heath: 1/22/2008 in Manhattan at the age of 28. The first memorial service held for Heath was for relatives and close friends only at a L.A. cemetery. A second service was held on the Sony lot in Los Angeles for friends and entertainment industry colleagues.

After a memorial service at Penrhos College, Heath was cremated on 2/9/08 at Fremantle Cemetery near Perth, Australia. As the sun started to set, mourners swam in the ocean at Cottesloe Beach, a favorite area of Heath's.

How Heath and Michelle Met:

Michelle and Heath met on the set of Brokeback Mountain and began dating in June, 2004.

Wedding Plans:

Although Michelle often referred to Heath as her husband and Heath referred to Michelle as his fiancée, the couple did not set a marriage date.

In September 2007, Michelle and Heath ended their relationship.


Michelle and Heath had one daughter, Matilda Rose Ledger. Matilda was born on October 28, 2005 in Brooklyn, New York. Actor and friend Jake Gyllenhaal is Matilda's godfather.

Occupations and Interests:

Heath was an actor. Heath planned on taking time off from his acting career so he could be a full-time dad to his daughter, Matilda for awhile. He enjoyed photography, reading, surfing, writing, art, watching black and white movies, skateboarding, and rainy days.

Michelle is an actress. Michelle collects rare books and loves reading.


At one time, Heath and fiancée Michelle resided in a $2 million townhouse on Boerum Hill near Cobble Hill in Brooklyn, New York. They also spent time in Los Angeles. Their home in Los Feliz, California was 5000 square feet.

On July 21, 2006, the SFGate.com reported that Heath and Michelle purchased a $2.3 million home in the Hollywood Hills. It is nicknamed the "Treehouse."

Heath and Michelle's Quotes About Marriage and Family:

Michelle Williams on 2/02/08 about the death of Heath: "My heart is broken. I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father ... She will be brought up in the best memories of him."
Source: Associated Press. SFGate.com. 2/1/08.

Heath about their relationship: "My relationship with Michelle was something that slowly fell into place. We were brought together during this amazing story and our relationship began to unfold."
Source: SFGate.com

Ang Lee on Heath and Michelle falling in love: “Well, it started happening shortly after rehearsal."
Source: Movies.about.com

Michelle on wedding plans and calling Heath her husband: "It's strange to watch the film now because it means so much more to me. I met my husband there, the seed of my daughter was born there -- it's just really, really powerful. I had a few fantasies about a husband and a wedding when I was a little girl. But I'm really happy with things just the way they are right now."
Source: SFGate.com

Heath on true love: "Michelle and I are like two peas in a pod. When it's true love, it feels like something you're rekindling. As if you've met the person before. Everyday I just fall deeper, and deeper and deeper in love with my two girls."
Source: Heathbaby.com

Heath on wedding plans: "There are no plans for marriage, yet. But I could not be more excited or happier. I really don't feel like I need a piece of paper to validate the love I have for her. She's my soulmate and we couldn't love each other any more."
Source: Heathbaby.com

Michelle about their relationship: "Our love for each other grows. We had a really good relationship [before Matilda]...and we still love, respect and are patient with each other. Even with all the new demands, pressures and challenges we still work really well together and it doesn't break us."
Source: Heathbaby.com

Heath on having more children: "Six is our magic number. We feel like it's ideal."
Source: In Touch. pg. 54. Dec. 26th issue.

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