A Kiss for Matilda Ledger

03/03/2009 at 07:00 PM ET
Bauer Griffin

Michelle Williams plants a gentle kiss on 3-year-old daughter Matilda Rose‘s forehead as they wait — with Michelle’s boyfriend Spike Jonze — for their flight to be called at LAX on Monday.

The trio were returning to NYC after a few weeks spent in Los Angeles, where Michelle, 28, attended the Independent Spirit Awards as a nominee for Best Female Lead and reportedly visited with Heath Ledger‘s family, who were in town for the Oscars.

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Christine on

Michelle Williams is an amazing mother. Devoted to only the best interest of her daughter.
Despite the loss of her Dad, Matilda is a very lucky girl to have such a wonderful mother.

Susan on

Woooooooooooow!!! this little girl looks exactly like her father. What a percious girl and Heath would have been one proud papa!!!

Jenise on

Cute kid, looks just like her father. I have to say that Michelle is one of the best celebrity moms I have seen.

Deb on

omg she looks exactly like her dad… what a beautiful reminder.

L on

Michelle is the most down to earth and hands on celeb mom and Matilda is lucky to have her for a mother.

Matilda is just the spitting image of her father. What a beautiful little girl!

Kimber Christian on

It’s so awesome to see Heath living on through Matilda. I don’t think any celebrity child looks as much like their parent as Matilda does like Heath. I admire Michelle’s strength so much.

HeatherR on

She really is the spitting image of Heath. It is bittersweet.

pia on

ohhh sweet matilda. i love her and her mama.
she looks like she just woke up. just wanna smooch her myself🙂

Laura on

I can’t imagine how much Michelle must love that little girl. She seems like a very good mother.

Matilda is too precious.

Jen on

Looks like a sleepy little girl to me! Not only did I love the celebrity parenting style of Michelle and Heath together, now that he’s passed away I think Michelle has stepped up to the plate and given her daughter something that could have been rare for this child–a stable, normal life.
As tragic as her father’s early death was, Matilda will be able to look back on Heath in film, possibly learning more about him that way than simply from other people’s memories.

P.S.–I LOVE the name Matilda Rose!

dannie on

I used to know Heath when he was younger and Matilda not only looks just like him but she is just like him in EVERY way!
The way she speaks (well, except for the accent!), the way she laughs, the way she behaves, the way she walks, her mannerisms, EVERYTHING! She’s Heath’s mini-me! It’s so beautiful to see!

Really happy that Michelle is such a great mother and that she is going to raise her knowing about her Daddy and hopefully Matilda will get to be an Aussie kid like her Dad too, and not just a New York kid…(not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

Brandi on

What a nice image. I agree it’s so bittersweet how much Matilda looks like Heath, but I feel it will be (if it is not already) a great comfort to Michelle, Heath’s family, and Matilda as she matures.

SouthernBelle on

Definitely a bittersweet picture…she looks SO much like her gorgeous Daddy. And I, too, have such a respect for Michelle and her devotion to Matilda and her efforts to keep Matilda in her father’s family’s life. She really is strong and “grown up” beyond her years. I hate it so badly that Matilda will not get to grow up with her Daddy around. It still makes me cry.

Monica on

I’m so proud of Michelle. She seems like the most down to earth, normal actress out there. Matilda seems very well taken care of:) I wish them both nothing but the best:)

Eliza on

Aww! Michelle seems like such a sweet, attentive mother. I think she has the right amount of kindness and toughness to raise Matilda (I can’t stand when other celeb parents give their kids everything they want). I love how she encourages the “Heath” in her daughter. Such a beautiful woman. I wish her all the happiness in the world.

eternalcanadian on

Oh my, she’s got lots of Heath in her face. What a sweet girl!

alexia on

I adore Michelle and Matilda. The strength they both must have and the mother-daughter bond they share is soooo amazing to see. Its still very upsetting Heath isnt around to see what a gorgeous little thing his baby is turning into, but its such a comfort that she looks like him. I cant wait to see who Matilda becomes in years to come, and I know she will be very proud of her Daddy. Love and best wishes to them both from all my family here in Australia, the whole country loves them xxx

Kathy on

Matilda is SO beautiful, just a split image of her gorgeous dad! Amazing! She carries something special that belonged only to Heath. It’s SO wonderful and comforting. I hope she’ll grow into a beautiful person just like Heath.

brandi on

you guys are making me cry🙂, i agree with all of your statements.

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