The 10 Most Influential Women Of 2008: Michelle Williams

The guys at unveiled their list of the “49 Most Influential Men of 2008″ and the results, voted on by their readers, may surprise you. Check out the full list and then, over the next two weeks, check out our picks for the “10 Most Influential Women of 2008″ — The Frisky picked a female counterpart for each of the men in AskMen’s Top Ten. We hope you agree with our choices!
#4—Our Pick: Michelle Williams
AskMen’s Pick: Robert Downey Jr.

2008 didn’t start off well for Michelle Williams. On January 22, her ex and the father of her daughter, Heath Ledger, died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Throughout the fallout, she showed grace. Though she stayed out of the spotlight for a while after Heath’s death, she’s been promoting the Charlie Kaufman film “Synecdoche, New York” lately, and her indie film “Wendy and Lucy” has gotten positive reviews. While she received a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her amazing work in “Brokeback Mountain”, some critics are saying that “Wendy and Lucy” could win her one. Like Downey Jr., it’s been a comeback year for the former “Dawson’s Creek” star.

Her personal life is looking up too: Michelle’s got a new boy, director Spike Jonze. And her daughter is the cutest child ever.


  • #10: Sarah Palin
  • #9: Nastia Lukin
  • #8: Sarah Haskins
  • #7: Anne Hathaway
  • #6: Giada De Laurentiis
  • #5: Tina Fey