ALLISON WILLIAMS (Rose) is best known as Marnie on HBO's
Primetime Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning television series Girls.
The Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow comedy is about four friends facing the ups and
downs of life as 20 somethings in New York City. The sixth and final season of
Girls will premiere on February 12, 2017.
Williams won over critics from The New York Times to The Hollywood Reporter when
she starred as Peter Pan in NBC's live-action musical event Peter Pan Live!,
which aired on December 4, 2014.
Williams is currently a face of Keds and the former face of Simple skincare.
In January 2013, Williams guest-starred on the television series The Mindy
Project. In 2011, she starred as Kate Middleton in a four-part, self-written
original miniseries for Funnyordie.com called Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever
In spring 2010, Williams graduated from Yale University. Afterwards, she began
working on a video that was released on YouTube in October 2010 entitled "Mad
Men Theme Song...With a Twist." She moved to Los Angeles just before releasing
the video, which quickly became a viral sensation and garnered much attention in
the blog and entertainment world. Among the video's fans were Judd Apatow and
the executives at HBO, who, upon seeing the video, reached out to Williams for
an audition for Girls. Ironically, within a month of moving to Los Angeles,
Williams was back in New York, filming the pilot episode.
While she may have found success quickly, Williams has been honing her craft for
years. She has been involved in theater since an early age and, while at Yale,
she refined her improv skills as a member of the improvisational comedy group
Just Add Water. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in English and is trained
in acting and singing as well.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Williams declared to her parents at the age of
four that she wanted to be an actress. Brian and Jane Stoddard Williams-who
required their daughter graduate from college before pursuing an acting career-
are both involved in the media. Jane has a weekly radio show on Bloomberg Radio
called Bloomberg EDU which discusses the education issues in the U.S. Brian is
the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. Williams enjoys singing,
improvisational comedy and writing fiction. She currently resides in New York
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