Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963), known professionally as Vanessa L. Williams or Vanessa Williams, is an American singer, actress, producer and former fashion model. In 1983, she became the first African-American woman crowned Miss America, but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her. She relinquished her title early and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Suzette Charles of New Jersey. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. She is arguably the most successful Miss America winner in the field of entertainment.

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Filmography

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Selected Vanessa Williams film and TV show credits.

Acting Credits

2014
Jessie Mae Watts

2013
Vanessa Williams

2012
Begum

2012
666 Park Avenue (TV Show)
Olivia Doran

2007
Julie

2007
The Beautiful World of Ugly Betty (TV Movie)

2007
Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies (TV Show)
Mama Mirabelle

2006
L'Tisha Morton

2006
South Beach (TV Show)
Elizabeth Bauer

2006
Ugly Betty (TV Show)

2004
Dorothy Johnson

2004
Renee Perry

2004
Beck and Call (TV Show)
Zoe

2002
Hazel Scott

2002
Boomtown (TV Show)
Detective Katherine Pierce

2001
Santa, Baby! (TV Movie)
Alicia

2001
WW 3 (TV Movie)
M.J. Blake

2001
The Proud Family (TV Show)
Debra

2000
Carmen Vasquez

2000
Don Quixote (TV Movie)

2000
The Courage to Love (TV Movie)
Mother Henriette Delille

1999
Audrey McDonald

1998
Ruby Sinclair

1998
Futuresport (TV Movie)
Alex Torres

1998
L.A. Doctors (TV Show)
Dr. Leanne Barrows

1997
Francine Hughes

1997
Teri

1997
The Odyssey (TV Movie)
Calypso

1997
Ally McBeal (TV Show)
Sheila Hunt

1995
Bye Bye Birdie (TV Movie)
Rose Alvarez

1995
Nothing Lasts Forever (TV Movie)
Dr. Kathy 'Kat' Hunter

1993
Arandis

1992
Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Movie)
Pauline

1992
Suzanne de Passe

1991
Gloria

1990
Terri Knight

1990
Lynette Parks

1990
Danny Mitchell

1989
Valentine Hayward

1988
Samantha Richards

1987
Rae, Girl with Dog

1986
The Redd Foxx Show (TV Show)
Jessica

1984
Partners in Crime (TV Show)
Roselle Robins

1982
T.J. Hooker (TV Show)
Officer Pat Williamson

1977
The Love Boat (TV Show)
Pearl

1976
Graduates, Off Stage Voices

Producer Credits

2004
Vanessa Williams Christmas: Live by Request (TV Show)
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2000
The Courage to Love (TV Movie)
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Soundtrack Credits

2011
Pan Am (TV Show)
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2011
New Girl (TV Show)
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2006
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2006
Ugly Betty (TV Show)
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2004
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2002
The 56th Annual Tony Awards (TV Movie)
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2000
Our Favorite Things: Christmas in Vienna (TV Show)
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1998
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1996
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1996
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (TV Movie)
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1995
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1995
Bye Bye Birdie (TV Movie)
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1995
People: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie)
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1994
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1993
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1986
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1975
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1971
Great Performances (TV Show)
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Styles

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  • 44th NAACP Image Awards
  • Vanessa Williams: at LAX airport in Los Angeles
  • Vanessa Williams: at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Gray Line at Pier 78 in New York City
  • Vanessa Williams: at 666 Park Avenue series premiere party in NYC
  • Vanessa Williams: attends the Carlos Miele Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center
  • Vanessa Williams: 2012 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills

Quotes

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List of Vanessa Williams quotes.

I throw myself into my work. It's exhausting. It's time-consuming. I feel guilty for not being with my kids all the time, But then when I'm home with my children and devoting my life to my kids, in the back of my mind I'm wondering whether I'll ever get employed again. So there's a constant battle of doing what fuels me and what I do best. And also, being there for my kids.


Magazine Covers

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Magazine issues featuring Vanessa Williams on the cover.
  • Vanessa Williams - More Magazine Cover [United States] (February 2008)
  • Vanessa Williams - Backstage Magazine Cover [United States] (25 April 2013)
  • Vanessa Williams - Hamptons Magazine Cover [United States] (5 September 2007)
  • Vanessa Williams - McCall's Magazine Cover [United States] (April 1992)
  • Vanessa Williams - Ebony Magazine [United States] (December 2010)
  • Vanessa Williams - Working Mother Magazine [United States] (June 2010)

Pictorials

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List of Vanessa Williams magazine photoshoot appearances.
  • Vanessa Williams - Celebrity Sleuth Magazine Pictorial [United States] (June 1992)
  • Vanessa Williams - Celebrity Skin Magazine Pictorial [United States] (August 1993)
  • Heather Locklear - Playboy Special Edition Magazine [United States] (August 1999)
  • Vanessa Williams - Penthouse Magazine [United States] (January 1985)
  • Vanessa Williams - Penthouse Magazine [United States] (November 1984)

Dating History

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List of Vanessa Williams relationships, in date order.

Albums

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List of albums by Vanessa Williams, including album cover photos.

Songs

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List of top 10 songs by Vanessa Williams.
Song TitleYear Released *Song Rank
Save the Best for Last 1998 21,362
Colors Of The Wind 1995 69,159
Dreamin' 1998 141,714
The Sweetest Days 1998 183,269
Running Back to You 1998 245,257
The Comfort Zone 1998 261,429
Breathless 2009 279,201
The Right Stuff 1998 268,357
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 2007 73,668
Baby, It's Cold Outside 2003 183,424
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

Music Videos

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List of music videos for all major Vanessa Williams songs.




First NameVanessa
Middle NameLynn
Last NameWilliams
Full Name at BirthVanessa Lynn Williams
Other NamesMiss America 1984
Age51
Date of BirthMarch 18, 1963
BirthplaceTarrytown, New York, USA
Height5' 6" (168 cm)
BuildSlim
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorBrown - Dark
Distinctive FeaturesEyes
Eyebrows
Star SignPisces
ReligionRoman Catholic
EthnicityBlack
NationalityAmerican
UniversitySyracuse University
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Model, Actress
Occupation CategoryActress
Claim to FameFirst Black Miss America
Music GenreR&B
Music StyleDance-Pop, Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary R&B, Urban, Adult Contemporary
Music MoodSoothing, Stylish, Laid-Back/Mellow, Carefree, Earnest, Elegant, Sensual, Sentimental, Romantic, Sexy
InstrumentVocals
Measurements (inches)36C-24-34
Official Websitevanessawilliamsmusic.com

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