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
Born (1988-04-13) April 13, 1988 (age 26)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Education Yale University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Ricky Van Veen (engaged)
Parents Brian Williams
Jane Gillan Stoddard

Allison Williams (born April 13, 1988)[1] is an American actress, comedian, and musician. She stars as Marnie Michaels on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Hartford, Connecticut,[2] and is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams[3] 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.[3] While at Yale, Williams was a member of the improv comedy troupe Just Add Water for four years,[4] as well as being a part of the YouTube series College Musical,[5] and was inducted into St. Elmo.[6]

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.[7] The YouTube video of the performance received widespread praise on the Internet,[8] and convinced Judd Apatow that she should be given a part in the HBO series Girls.[3] She was cast shortly after and credited her experience at Just Add Water for passing the audition.[4][9] Girls premiered on April 15, 2012.

Williams wrote a series of Funny or Die sketches, in which she starred as newlywed Kate Middleton,[3] with English actor and model Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[10] Williams appeared as Danielle in an episode of the third season of The League titled "The Guest Bong".

Williams has appeared as a recurring character, Cheryl, in the CollegeHumor series Jake and Amir.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Williams became engaged to Ricky Van Veen, the co-founder of CollegeHumor.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 American Dreams Deborah 2 episodes
2011 Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After Kate Middleton Web series; 4 episodes
2011–2012 Jake and Amir Cheryl Web series; 2 episodes
2011 League, TheThe League Danielle Episode: "The Guest Bong"
2012–present Girls Marnie Michaels Main cast
2013 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Jillian 3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebrity birthdays on April 13". The Miami Herald. April 13, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Allison Williams taps some regional memories". The Boston Globe. March 8, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Schuster, Dana (August 5, 2011). "Anchor's away". New York Post. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Serna, Danny (January 11, 2011). "HBO picks up new television series starring Allison Williams '10/". Yale Daily News. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Farris, Emily A. (July 19, 2010). "Brian Williams' Daughter Plays Sensual TA in College Musical Web Series". Gawker. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Klein, Alex (May 5, 2010). "WEB EXCLUSIVE: Every Yale Secret Society, 2009–2010 (or, A Tribute to Rumpus)". IvyGate. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ Shea, Danny (October 13, 2010). "Allison Williams, Brian Williams' Daughter, Sings 'Mad Men' Theme Song (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Sklar, Rachel (October 14, 2010). "Allison Williams, This Week The Biggest Star In Her Family (Sorry, BriWi)". Mediaite. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 28, 2010). "Trio Cast In Lena Dunham's HBO Pilot, Including Brian Williams' Daughter Allison". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Allison Williams". Funny or Die. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jake and Amir / Cheryl". CollegeHumor. December 1, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jake and Amir / Cheryl Part 2 (starring Allison Williams)". CollegeHumor. August 14, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ Blumm, K.C.; Jordan, Julie (February 26, 2014). "Allison Williams Engaged to Ricky Van Veen". People. Time. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 

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