Michelle Williams at Cannes

In her first red carpet appearance since the death of Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams dazzles at Cannes

Michelle Williams made a dramatic, surprise entrance at Cannes last night – the very first red carpet appearance she’s made since the death of her daughter’s father, Heath Ledger, in January.

Looking resplendent in a Chanel couture gown from 1926, the actress was in town to promote her new film Wendy and Lucy, and has apparently agreed to stay until later in the week to help promote another of her movies showing in the competition, Synecdoche, New York.

‘It was decided on Monday night that she could come to Cannes, and she got on the next plane to arrive just in time to get dressed and come to our premiere,’ said a spokesperson for Wendy and Lucy. ‘She came in and had a long nap and then came to the screening.’

Of her appearance in the film, the rep said: ‘Some people said tonight it was a transcendent performance. It’s about things going on around her and she’s just she’s trying to go forward and things are not working out for her. You see her taking care of herself first, which is exactly what we must do.’

Since Heath passed away from an accidental overdose, Michelle has been keeping a low profile, preferring to be with their daughter, Matilda, in New York, and work, rather than attend premieres and celebrity events. She has also declined to speak to the press about Heath.

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