Allison Williams (actress)

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Allison Williams
Allison Williams July 2012.jpg
Williams during an interview in New York City's Washington Square Park in July 2012
EducationYale University
OccupationActress
ParentsBrian Williams
Jane Gillan Stoddard
 
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Allison Williams
Allison Williams July 2012.jpg
Williams during an interview in New York City's Washington Square Park in July 2012
EducationYale University
OccupationActress
ParentsBrian Williams
Jane Gillan Stoddard

Allison Williams is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She stars as Marnie Michaels on the HBO television series Girls.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Connecticut,[1] and is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams[2] and Jane Gillan Stoddard, a TV producer. On her mother's side, she is a three times great-granddaughter of the abolitionist Rev. Owen Lovejoy.[citation needed] Williams was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. She graduated from Yale University in 2010.[2] While at Yale, Williams was a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years,[3] as well as being a part of the YouTube web series College Musical,[4] and was inducted into St. Elmo.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2010, Williams performed a mashup of "Nature Boy" set to RJD2's "A Beautiful Mine", the theme song for the television series Mad Men.[6] The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet,[7] and convinced Judd Apatow that she should be given a part in the HBO TV series Girls.[2] She was cast shortly after and credited her experience at Just Add Water for passing the audition.[3][8] Girls premiered on April 15, 2012.

Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton[2] with British actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[9] Williams appeared in the third season of The League, as Danielle in the episode "The Guest Bong."

Williams has appeared as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.[10][11]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004Our GenerationDeborah2 episodes
2011Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever AfterKateWeb series
The LeagueDanielle1 episode
2012–presentGirlsMarnie MichaelsMain role
2013The Mindy ProjectJillian3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allison Williams in town for Boston Common". The Boston Globe. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d Schuster, Dana (2011-08-05). "Anchor’s away". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  3. ^ a b Serna, Danny (2011-01-11). "HBO picks up new television series starring Allison Williams ’10". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  4. ^ Emily A. Farris (2010-07-19). "Brian Williams' Daughter Plays Sensual TA in College Musical Web Series". Gawker.com. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  5. ^ Klein, Alex. "WEB EXCLUSIVE: Every Yale Secret Society, 2009-2010 (or, A Tribute to Rumpus)". IvyGate Blog. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Shea, Danny (2010-10-13). "Allison Williams, Brian Williams' Daughter, Sings 'Mad Men' Theme Song". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  7. ^ Sklar, Rachel (2010-10-14). "Allison Williams, This Week The Biggest Star In Her Family (Sorry, BriWi)". Mediaite. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2010-10-28). "Trio Cast In Lena Dunham’s HBO Pilot, Including Brian Williams’ Daughter Allison". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  9. ^ "Allison Williams on Funny or Die". Funnyordie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Jake and Amir: Cheryl - CollegeHumor Video". Collegehumor.com. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Jake and Amir: Cheryl Part 2 (starring Allison Williams) - CollegeHumor Video". Collegehumor.com. 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 

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