Allison Williams was born in Hartford, Connecticut on April 13, 1988. NBC Evening News Anchor Brian Williams and Television Producer Jane Gillan Stoddard are her parents. Republican Party Congressman, Civil Rights for African-Americans Advocate and Anti-Slavery Abolitionist Reverend Owen Lovejoy (January 6, 1811 to March 25, 1864) is her three times Great Grandfather on her mothers side. After relocating to New Canaan, Connecticut where she spent most of her childhood, Yale University was the place where she perfected her acting skills. Among the clubs that she joined while in attendance to Yale was the improvisation group Just Add Water, the College Musical www.youtube.com series and the Yale University Secret Society Club called St. Elmos. It was her www.youtube.com skits that led her being cast as Marnie Michaels on the cable television drama series Girls on April 15, 2012.