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Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Lynn Williams born March 18, 1963 is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer She initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in 1983 However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue Amid growing media controversy and scrutiny, Williams resigned as Miss America in July 1984 under pressure from the Miss America Organization, and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles

Williams rebounded as a recording artist in the late 1980s and released her debut studio album The Right Stuff 1988, whose title single saw moderate success before "Dreamin'" peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States Her second and third studio albums, The Comfort Zone 1991 and The Sweetest Days 1994, saw continued commercial success and for which she received multiple Grammy Award nominations Her most recent studio albums include Everlasting Love 2005 and The Real Thing 2009 Williams has also enjoyed success as an actress in film and on television and stage, receiving an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Teri Joseph in the film Soul Food 1997 Her best known television roles are that of Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty 2006–10, for which she was twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Renee Perry on Desperate Housewives 2010–12


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Name
  • 3 Miss America
  • 4 Entertainment and fashion
    • 41 Music
    • 42 Television and film
    • 43 Theatre
    • 44 Additional roles
    • 45 Fashion
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 Honors and awards
  • 7 Discography
  • 8 Filmography
    • 81 Film
    • 82 Television
  • 9 Book
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Early life and educationedit

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in The Bronx, New York,1 with a birth announcement that read: "Here she is: Miss America"23 Later in life, she participated in a DNA test with the following results: 23% from Ghana, 17% from the British Isles specifically English, Welsh and Irish, 15% from Cameroon, 12% Finnish, 11% Southern European, 7% from Togo, 6% from Benin, 5% from Senegal, and 4% Portuguese4

Her maternal great-great grandfather was William A Feilds, an African-American legislator in the Tennessee House of Representatives56 Her mother, Helen Tinch, met her father, Milton Augustine Williams Jr 1935–2006, while both were music education students at Fredonia State Teachers College in the late 1950s7 They both became elementary school music teachers after marriage, though their teaching positions were in separate districts7 Milton also served as the Assistant Principal of his school for an extended period of time8

Williams was raised Roman Catholic, the religion of her father Her mother, who had been raised Baptist, converted to Catholicism when she got married Williams was baptized at Our Lady of Grace Church in the Bronx Williams' mother played the organ at St Theresa's Church in Briarcliff Manor for weddings and at mass and Williams used to assist her mother by turning the pages of sheet music2

Williams and her younger brother Chris who would later become an actor grew up in a predominantly white middle-class suburb of New York City3 Williams believes that she may have been the first African-American student to go from the first grade to the 12th grade in the Chappaqua Central School District6

As the child of music teachers, Williams grew up in a musical household, studying classical and jazz dance, French horn, piano, and violin12 She was offered the Presidential Scholarship for Drama to attend Carnegie Mellon University during the college application period, one of 12 students to receive it but decided instead to attend Syracuse University1 on a different scholarship9 Thus, in 1981, Williams joined Syracuse's College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Drama as a musical theater major910 She stayed at Syracuse through her sophomore year, until she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 198310

Twenty-five years later in May 2008, Syracuse granted Williams a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree11 According to Syracuse News, "Williams earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and her substantial performances on stage and screen"10 Williams also delivered the 2008 convocation address, telling Syracuse seniors to "treasure this moment These days are irreplaceable and are the beginning of the rest of your life"12


Williams is most often referenced and publicly recognized simply as "Vanessa Williams" There is, however, occasional confusion with similarly named actress Vanessa A Williams, who is just two months younger It has been reported that Williams first became aware of Vanessa A in the 1980s when her New York University registrar told her that another, similarly aged student with the same name and from the same state had applied1314 When Williams appeared as Miss America in a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Vanessa A accidentally received her check for the appearance, which she returned13

In the area of acting, the two ran into name conflict when Screen Actors Guild rules prohibited duplicate stage naming Vanessa A had registered the name "Vanessa Williams" first,13 so as a compromise, Williams was occasionally credited as "Vanessa L Williams" in acting credits To compound the confusion, both actresses starred in versions of the drama Soul Food Williams in the film version, and Vanessa A in its TV series adaptation The Screen Actors Guild eventually took the issue to arbitration and decided that both actresses could use the professional name "Vanessa Williams"14

Miss Americaedit

Vanessa Williams at the conclusion of her performance of "Oh How the Years Go By" at Miss America 2016 Main article: Vanessa Williams and Miss America

Williams, who was Miss New York 1983, initially gained public recognition as the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss America when she was crowned Miss America 1984 on September 15, 1983 Several weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized nude photographs of Williams Williams was pressured to relinquish her title, and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey 1983, Suzette Charles15 161718 Exactly thirty years later, on September 15, 2013, Nina Davuluri, who is also from Syracuse, but is the daughter of Indian immigrants, followed suit as Miss Syracuse who goes on to become Miss New York and eventually Miss America Despite winning Miss America thirty years apart from one another, Williams and Davuluri both faced racist backlash after winning the crown In September 2015, Williams served as head judge for the Miss America 2016 pageant At the beginning of the event, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell made a public apology to Williams for what was said to her during the events of 198419

Entertainment and fashionedit


Williams first received public recognition for her musical abilities when she won the preliminary talent portion of the Miss America pageant with her rendition of "Happy Days Are Here Again" Williams would later be crowned Miss America 198415 Four years later in 1988, Williams released her debut album, The Right Stuff1 The first single, "The Right Stuff", found success on the R&B chart, while the second single, "He's Got the Look", found similar success on the same chart The third single, "Dreamin'", was a pop hit, becoming Williams' first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No 8, and her first number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart The album reached platinum status in the US and earned her a NAACP Image Award and three Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best New Artist1

Her second album The Comfort Zone became the biggest success in her music career1 The lead single "Running Back to You" reached top twenty on the Hot 100, and the top position of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on October 5, 1991 Other singles included "The Comfort Zone" #2 R&B, "Just for Tonight" #26 Pop, a cover of The Isley Brothers' "Work to Do" #3 R&B, and the club-only hit "Freedom Dance Get Free!" The most successful single from the album, as well as her biggest hit to date, is "Save the Best for Last" It reached No 1 in the United States, where it remained for five weeks, as well as No 1 in Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada, and was in the top 5 in Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom The album sold 22 million copies in the US at its time of release and has since been certified triple platinum in the United States by the RIAA, gold in Canada by the CRIA, and platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI The Comfort Zone earned Williams five Grammy Award nominations1

The Sweetest Days, her third album, was released in 1994 to highly-favorable reviews1 The album saw Williams branch out and sample other styles of music that included jazz, hip hop, rock, and Latin-themed recordings such as "Betcha Never" and "You Can't Run", both written and produced by Babyface Other singles from the album included the adult-contemporary and dance hit "The Way That You Love" and the title track The album was certified platinum in the US by the RIAA and earned her two Grammy Award nominations1

Other releases include two Christmas albums, Star Bright in 1996, and Silver & Gold in 2004; Next in 1997, and Everlasting Love in 2005, along with a greatest-hits compilation released in 1998, and a host of other compilations released over the years1 Notable chart performances from subsequent albums, motion picture and television soundtracks have included the songs "Love Is", which was a duet with Brian McKnight, the Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning "Colors of the Wind", "Where Do We Go from Here", and "Oh How the Years Go By"1

Television and filmedit

Williams at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City

Williams has had a successful career in television Her first television appearance was on a 1984 episode of The Love Boat20 followed by guest appearances in a number of popular shows In 1995, Williams starred as Rose Alvarez in a television adaptation of the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie and portrayed the nymph Calypso in the 1997 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries The Odyssey In 2001, Williams starred in the Lifetime cable movie about the life of Henriette DeLille, The Courage to Love and in 2003, Williams read the narrative of Tempie Herndon Durham from the WPA slave narratives in the HBO documentary Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives In 2006, Williams received considerable media attention for her comic/villainess role as former model/magazine creative director turned editor-in-chief Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty1 Her performance on the series resulted in a nomination for outstanding supporting actress at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards21 and in 2008 and 2009, she was nominated in the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series category for Ugly Betty1 Williams next joined the cast of Desperate Housewives for its seventh season, where she portrayed Renee Perry, an old college "frenemy" of Lynette Scavo Felicity Huffman22 In 2016, she joined the cast of The Librarians, as recurring villainess General Rockwell23 She is scheduled to star as Maxine on the VH1 television series Daytime Divas in June 20172425

Williams has also appeared in a number of feature films She received a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Teri Joseph for the 1997 feature film Soul Food In 2007, she starred in the independent film My Brother,26 for which she won Best Actress honors at the Harlem International Film Festival, the African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival, and at the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Festival She also notably co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser,27 Samuel L Jackson in the 2000 remake of Shaft, the characters from Sesame Street in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland as the Queen of Trash, and with Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana: The Movie28


Williams began her career on stage in the 1985 production, One Man Band, as one of "the women"29 She followed it in 1989 as "Laura" in Checkmates30

In 1994, she broadened her ascendant music career into a theatrical role when she was cast as the understudy for Aurora in the Broadway production of Kiss of the Spider Woman31 In 1998, she portrayed Della Green in the revival of St Louis Woman, 32 and Carmen Jones in the 2002 Kennedy Center Special Performance of Carmen Jones33 In the same year, she was also featured in the Tony/Drama Desk Award winning revival production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, for which she was nominated a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her performance as the Witch This production included songs revised for her34 In 2010, Williams starred in a new Broadway musical revue entitled Sondheim on Sondheim, a look at Stephen Sondheim through his music, film and videotaped interviews Sondheim ran from March 19 to June 13 at Studio 54 in New York City35 In 2013, she starred as Jessie Mae Watts in the Horton Foote play The Trip to Bountiful, which was later turned into a 2014 television film36 In 2014, she starred in the Broadway musical, After Midnight37 and in 2015 she appeared in a PBS production of Show Boat as Julie La Verne38

Additional rolesedit

Williams served as the host of the 1994 Essence Awards,39 co-host of Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters: Verve Records at 50,40 host of the 1998 NAACP Image Awards,41 host of the 2002 documentary, It's Black Entertainment, host of The 6th Annual TV Land Awards in 2007,42 host of the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2009,43 and finally host of the documentary Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation 2009

Williams is a spokesmodel for Proactiv Solution,44 and was the first African-American spokesmodel for L'Oréal cosmetics in the late 1990s45 She appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2000 as a contestant, and once again on August 10, 2009, as a celebrity guest during the show's 10th anniversary prime-time special editions, winning $50,000 for her charity4647

In a commercial that began running during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Williams voiced the new character Ms Brown, a brown M&M48


In March 2016, Williams launched her own clothing line, V by Vanessa Williams for EVINE Live49

Personal lifeedit

Williams and her mother Helen co-authored a memoir entitled You Have No Idea, published in April 2012 In the book, Williams discusses her childhood, rise to fame, and personal struggles including life with type 1 diabetes, including the fact that she was sexually molested by a woman when she was 10 years old5051 She also spoke candidly about having an abortion while she was in high school52

Williams is a Roman Catholic, something she spoke about on the ABC News program, Focus On Faith with Father Edward L Beck2

Williams is also involved with a number of humanitarian causes She is a supporter of gay rights and same sex marriage, and in 2011 she participated in a human rights campaign entitled “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality"53 She is also partnered with Dress For Success, an organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process2554 In addition, Williams is involved with The San Miquel Academy of Newburgh, a school for boys at risk55

Williams has been married three times She married her first husband, Ramon Hervey II,5657 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church58 in 19875960 just a few years after giving up her crown, and gave birth to her first child at this time Hervey is a public relations specialist who was hired to resuscitate her career after her resignation as Miss America in July 1984596162 They have three children Melanie, Jillian Hervey, and Devin63 and divorced in 19976465 She then married NBA basketball player Rick Fox in 1999 They have one daughter, Sasha Gabriella Fox,6366 and divorced in 200416768 In 2015, Williams married Jim Skrip, a businessman from Buffalo, New York697071

Honors and awardsedit

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Vanessa Williams

Williams is the recipient of many awards and nominations including Grammy nominations for hits such as "The Right Stuff", "Save the Best for Last", and "Colors of the Wind" In addition, she has earned multiple Emmy nominations, a Tony Award nomination, seven NAACP Image Awards, and four Satellite Awards

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 19, 200772


Main article: Vanessa Williams discography Studio albums
  • 1988: The Right Stuff
  • 1991: The Comfort Zone
  • 1994: The Sweetest Days
  • 1996: Star Bright
  • 1997: Next
  • 2004: Silver & Gold
  • 2005: Everlasting Love
  • 2009: The Real Thing



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Pick-up Artist, TheThe Pick-up Artist Rae, girl with dog
1988 Under the Gun Samantha Richards
1991 Another You Gloria
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Lulu Daniels
1996 Eraser Dr Lee Cullen
1997 Soul Food Teri Joseph
1997 Hoodlum Francine Hughes
1998 Dance with Me Ruby Sinclair
1999 Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, TheThe Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Queen of Trash
1999 Light It Up Detective Audrey McDonald
2000 A Diva's Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge
2000 Shaft Carmen Vasquez
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Dorothy Johnson
2006 My Brother L'Tisha Morton
2007 And Then Came Love Julie Davidson
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Vita
2011 Delhi Safari Beggum voice English version
2012 He's Way More Famous Than You Vanessa Williams
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Janice
2014 When Marnie Was There Hisako voice English version


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Love Boat Herself Episode: "Ace's Valet; Mother Comes First; Hit or Miss America"
1984 Partners in Crime Roselle Robins Episode: "Celebrity"
1986 Redd Foxx Show, TheThe Redd Foxx Show Jessica Episode: "The Prodigal Son"
1986 T J Hooker Officer Pat Williamson Episode: "Partners in Death"
1986 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Pearl Episode: "My Stepmother, Myself/Almost Roommates/Cornerback Sneak"
1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Valentine Hayward Movie
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Terri Knight Movie
1990 Kid Who Loved Christmas, TheThe Kid Who Loved Christmas Lynette Movie
1992 Stompin' at the Savoy Pauline Movie
1992 Jacksons: An American Dream, TheThe Jacksons: An American Dream Suzanne de Passe Miniseries; 2 episodes
1992 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Danny Mitchell Episode: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Home from the Forum"
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Beauty voice Episode: "Beauty and the Beast"
1995 Nothing Lasts Forever Dr Kathy "Kat" Hunter Movie
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Rose Alvarez Movie
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Arandis Episode: "Let He Who Is Without Sin"
1997 The Odyssey Calypso 2 episodes
1998 Futuresport Alex Torres Movie
1999 LA Doctors Dr Leanne Barrows 3 episodes
2000 Courage to Love, TheThe Courage to Love Henriette DeLille Movie
2000 Don Quixote Dulcinea/Aldonza Movie
2000 Diva's Christmas Carol, AA Diva's Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge Movie
2001 WW3 MJ Blake Movie
2001 Santa, Baby! Alicia voice Movie
2002 Keep the Faith, Baby Hazel Scott Movie
2002 Ally McBeal Sheila Hunt Episode: "Another One Bites the Dust"
2002 Proud Family, TheThe Proud Family Debra voice Episode: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thingy, Baby"
2003 Boomtown Detective Katherine Pierce 6 episodes
2006 South Beach Elizabeth Bauer Main role 8 episodes
2006–10 Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater Main role 85 episodes
2007–08 Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies Mama Mirabelle voice Main role 23 episodes
2010–12 Desperate Housewives Renee Perry Main role 45 episodes in seasons 7–8
2011 Who Do You Think You Are Herself Season 2, episode 1
2012 Phineas and Ferb Flight attendant voice Episode: "Where's Perry Part One"
2012–13 666 Park Avenue Olivia Doran Main role 13 episodes
2014 Trip to Bountiful, TheThe Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts Movie
2014 Oprah's Master Class Herself Season 4, episode 7
2015 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Dr Suzanne Phillips Episode: "Danny Castellano Is My Nutritionist"
2015 Royal Pains Olympia Houston 2 episodes
2015 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Courtney Paige 4 episodes
2016 Broad City Elizabeth Carlton Episode: "Game Over"
2016 Milo Murphy's Law Eileen Underwood voice
2016–17 The Librarians Gen Cynthia Rockwell Season 3, 10 episodes
2017 Daytime Divas Maxine Robinson


  • Wiliams, Vanessa; Wiliams, Helen April 17, 2012 You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss and Each Other New York: Gotham Books ISBN 978-1-5924-0759-0 

See alsoedit

  • Biography portal
  • List of artists who reached number one in the United States
  • List of artists who reached number one on the US dance chart


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External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Vanessa Williams on Internet Movie Database
  • Vanessa Williams at AllMusic
  • Vanessa Williams at the Internet Broadway Database
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Debra Maffett
Miss America
Succeeded by
Suzette Charles
Preceded by
Eileen Clark
Miss New York
Succeeded by
Melissa Manning

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