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Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American pop-R&B recording artist, producer, dancer, model and actress. In 1983, she became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal caused her to relinquish her title early. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.

Williams released her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988, which spawned the hits The Right Stuff , a #1 on Hot Dance Songs, and Dreamin' a #1 on R&B and #8 on Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album The Comfort Zone in 1991 topped the Billboard R&B Album Chart, which spawned the number-one hit Save the Best for Last.

In 1994 she debut on Broadway in the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman.In 1995 she recorded Oscar-winner for Best Original Song from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas the song Colors of the Wind,which reached #4 on Billboard Hot 100.

Williams's first acting role was as the star of the feature film Eraser in 1996. She also starred in the movies Soul Food, Dance with Me, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Shaft and Johnson Family Vacation.

From 2006 to 2010 she played the role of self-absorbed diva and former supermodel Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty. In 2009, Williams released her eighth studio album, The Real Thing. In 2010 she joined the ensemble cast of the series Desperate Housewives as spoiled rich woman Renee Perry.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American pop-R&B recording artist, producer, dancer, model and actress. In 1983, she became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal caused her to relinquish her title early. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.

Williams released her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988, which spawned the hits The Right Stuff , a #1 on Hot Dance Songs, and Dreamin' a #1 on R&B and #8 on Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album The Comfort Zone in 1991 topped the Billboard R&B Album Chart, which spawned the number-one hit Save the Best for Last.

In 1994 she debut on Broadway in the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman.In 1995 she recorded Oscar-winner for Best Original Song from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas the song Colors of the Wind,which reached #4 on Billboard Hot 100.

Williams's first acting role was as the star of the feature film Eraser in 1996. She also starred in the movies Soul Food, Dance with Me, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Shaft and Johnson Family Vacation.

From 2006 to 2010 she played the role of self-absorbed diva and former supermodel Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty. In 2009, Williams released her eighth studio album, The Real Thing. In 2010 she joined the ensemble cast of the series Desperate Housewives as spoiled rich woman Renee Perry.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Vanessa L. Williams, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1963-03-18

Place of Birth Tarrytown, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Vanessa L. William
  • Vanessa Lynn Williams

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Not Black Enough
2018 Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay as Amanda Waller (voice)
2017 The Man from Earth: Holocene as Carolyn
2016 The Secret She Kept as Beverly
2015 Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat as Julie LaVerne
2014 The Librarians(2 episodes) as General Cynthia Rockwell
2014 The Trip to Bountiful as Jessie Mae Watts
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You as Vanessa Williams
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor as Janice
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars(1 episode) as Herself
2012 Delhi Safari as Begum (voice: English version)
2012 666 Park Avenue(13 episodes) as Olivia Doran
2011 A Mother's Love
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie as Vita
2008 The Wendy Williams Show(1 episode)
2007 Shear Genius(1 episode)
2007 And Then Came Love as Julie
2006 Ugly Betty(44 episodes) as Willhelmina Slater
2006 Rehearsing a Dream
2006 South Beach(8 episodes) as Elizabeth Bauer
2006 My Brother as L'Tisha Morton
2005 Broadway's Lost Treasures III - The Best of the Tony Awards as Herself
2004 Desperate Housewives(46 episodes) as Renee Perry
2004 The Tony Danza Show(5 episodes)
2004 Johnson Family Vacation as Dorothy Johnson
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(1 episode)
2003 Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
2003 The Bachelorette(1 episode)
2002 Boomtown(6 episodes)
2002 Keep the Faith, Baby as Hazel Scott
2001 Santa, Baby! as Alicia (voice)
2001 Good Day Live(1 episode)
2000 A Diva's Christmas Carol as Ebony Scrooge
2000 Christmas is Coming: Rob Mathes & Very Special Friends as Herself
2000 Shaft as Carmen Vasquez
2000 Don Quixote as Dulcinea / Aldonza
2000 The Courage to Love as Mother Henriette Delille
1999 Light It Up as Audrey McDonald
1999 The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland as Queen of Trash
1998 Charmed(1 episode)
1998 L.A. Doctors(24 episodes) as Dr. Leanne Barrows
1998 Dance with Me as Ruby Sinclair
1998 VH1 Divas(1 episode)
1998 LateLine(1 episode)
1998 Futuresport as Alexandra 'Alex' Torres
1997 Soul Food as Teri
1997 Hoodlum as Francine Hughes
1997 The View(5 episodes)
1997 The Odyssey(2 episodes) as Calypso
1996 Jungle Cubs(1 episode)
1996 Eraser as Lee Cullen
1995 Bye Bye Birdie as Rose Alvarez
1995 Nothing Lasts Forever(1 episode) as Dr. Kathy 'Kat' Hunter
1995 Nothing Lasts Forever as Dr. Kathy 'Kat' Hunter
1995 MADtv(1 episode)
1994 Chicago Hope(2 episodes)
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream(2 episodes) as Suzanne de Passe
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man as Lulu Daniels
1991 Another You as Gloria
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air(1 episode) as Danny Mitchell
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer as Terri Knight
1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal as Valentine Hayward
1988 Under the Gun as Samantha Richards
1987 The Pick-up Artist as Rae, Girl with Dog
1984 Partners in Crime(1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1982 T. J. Hooker(1 episode)
1954 Miss America(63 episodes)
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)

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