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.



Carolyn Pickles

publication date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

category: Television

clue: Her character in a long-running British soap opera died in the 4000th episode, before she could meet great and powerful men like Oz, P.T. Barnum, and Venom.

explanation: Pickles played the character Shelley Williams for three years on Emmerdale. more…

difficulty: very hard

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


Michael C. Williams

publication date: Monday, September 30, 2019

category: Movies

clue: He played himself in a surprise hit horror movie, which was not Shutter Island.

explanation: Williams used his own real name to play Mike Williams in The Blair Witch Project. more…

difficulty: hard

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


Michael Williams

publication date: Sunday, September 29, 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


Michael K. Williams

publication date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

category: Television

clue: He rose to fame as the terrifying Omar in The Wire, not as teenaged Jen Lindley in Dawson's Creek.

difficulty: very easy

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


Michelle Toro

publication date: Friday, September 27, 2019

category: Sports

clue: In 2016, this swimmer was too busy winning an Olympic medal for Canada to have been nominated for a Tony Award for Blackbird on Broadway.

explanation: Toro competed as Michelle Williams before changing her name after marrying her childhood teammate Guillermo Toro. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates


Michelle Ann Williams

publication date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

category: Education

clue: This renowned Jamaican scientist is a dean at Harvard, which is in Cambridge, not in nearby Manchester-by-the-Sea.

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates


Michelle Williams

publication date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

category: Music

clue: This former member of Destiny's Child starred in Chicago on Broadway, not in Brokeback Mountain.

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates


Other Themes in Fall 2019

Facial Hair Famosos

After Erik created two goos in a row out of celebrities who happened to have distinctive beards, he asked if he could turn it into an entire theme. Scott scheduled it for "Movember," the annual event where men grow facial hair to raise awareness of men's health issues. These seven goos are Erik's only creations for the Fall 2019 season, but look for a bonus beard in December. Go »