publication date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 (part of Fall 2019)

category: Theater

clue: When he starred in Henry V with his wife Judi Dench, neither he nor the character he played were the actress who won an Emmy Award for Fosse/Verdon.

explanation: Actor Michael Williams played the Shakespearean character Michael Williams in Henry V in 1989. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Erik Bates

Not "The" Michelle Williams: After actress Michelle Williams devoted her Emmy acceptance speech to supporting women in Hollywood, online trolls started harassing singer Michelle Williams, who was amused at their confusing a black woman for a white woman. Her Instagram rant inspired this theme of seven celebrities who are all not Michelle Williams the actress, if you can possibly tell them apart.

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Michelle Ann Williams

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Carolyn Pickles

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Michael K. Williams

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