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Meet Heath Ledger's Daughter Matilda Who Will Inherit His Millions Although Her Mother Kept Her Out of the Spotlight

Esther NJeri
Jan 17, 2022
09:20 A.M.
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Heath Ledger was an Australian actor and music video director. His films include "I'm Not There," "The Patriot," and "Lords of Dogtown," among many others. 

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Ledger died unexpectedly of acute drug intoxication at his home on Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan in 2008. 

Before his passing, Ledger worked on his movie "The Dark Knight," but he did not live to see its release. He, however, won the posthumous Oscar for the superhero film. 

Actor Heath Ledger and his daughter Matilda, now 15 | Photo: Getty Images

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MATILDA IS BORN

Ledger and Michelle Williams met on "Brokeback Mountain" and immediately fell in love. They culminated their relationship when they welcomed home a daughter, Matilda Ledger. 

After Ledger's death, Williams started raising her daughter single-handedly. And while Hollywood mourned the loss of a star, Williams had to deal with the public's renewed interest in her and her daughter's life. 

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2006. | Photo: Getty Images

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Following Ledger's demise, Williams got out of the city and stayed off social media in an attempt to keep her daughter off the radar. She left Brooklyn and lived in the country for six years.

MATILDA TAKES AFTER HER DAD

Matilda was only two when her father died, but she has blossomed into a beautiful teenager. Now 15, she is the spitting image of her dad. 

But looks are not the only resemblance Matilda has with her father. According to Kim, Ledger's dad, Matilda has her father's mannerisms, curiosity, and energy.

Heath Ledger on season 12 of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." | Photo: Getty Images

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She has also taken after her father's love for chess and plays on Ledger's old chessboard. The teen is also an avid skateboarder, just like her dad. Matilda's aunt says that whenever she sees Matilda skateboarding, it reminds her of Ledger.

Despite staying away from the limelight, Matilda has thrived and is now a big sister. Her mother married Thomas Kail in 2020 and, shortly after, welcomed Matilda's half-sibling. 

Michelle Williams and her daughter, Matilda Ledger, in New York City in 2013. | Photo: Getty Images

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SET TO INHERIT MILLIONS

And now, Matilda is set to inherit her father's millions. Two years before he passed on, Ledger indicated in his will that he would be leaving his fortune to his parents and sisters.

However, in a surprising turn of events, Kim says they, as a family, have decided that Ledger's fortune will go to his daughter. Despite Ledger and Williams having separated when he died, Kim says the plan was always to include Williams and Matilda. 

Heath Ledhger posing for portraits during the Toronto International Film Festival, September 2006 | Source: Getty Images

"There was never any question about the fact that Heath's estate would go to Matilda. Never a question. We are very close to Michelle and Matilda." Kim said, as reported by People.

Some reports say the value of Ledger's assets is $20 million. However, the actor's state's executor, Mark Dyson, has not named the amount that Matilda will inherit.  

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