THE COUPLE: Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams
THE STORY: Ledger and Williams earned Oscar nominations for their marvelous work in Brokeback Mountain. They also succumbed to a strong mutual attraction, falling in love during production—she gave birth to their daughter, Matilda Rose, a few months after the shoot.
WHAT BECAME OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP: The young couple—soon to be a small family—settled down in a quiet Brooklyn neighborhood. In October of 2007, they announced an amicable split. Only a few months later, Ledger dies of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS: (in a statement issued after Ledger’s death) “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. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day.”