- NAME: Vanessa Williams
- OCCUPATION: Actress, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: March 18, 1963 (Age: 50)
- Did You Know?: Six months after entering her first beauty pageant, Vanessa Williams made history when she was crowned the first African-American Miss America on September 17, 1983.
- EDUCATION: Syracuse University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: The Bronx, New York
- Full Name: Vanessa Lynn Williams
- AKA: Vanessa Williams
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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Vanessa Williams is an actress and singer known for her Miss America scandal and her roles on television shows such as Ugly Betty.
Vanessa Williams made magic happen after releasing the Grammy-nominated single, "Save the Best for Last."
Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America in 1984. Shortly thereafter a series of nude photographs surfaced causing a great scandal for Williams.
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On the small screen, career highlights include her performance as Motown execute Suzanne de Passe in the TV movie The Jacksons - An American Dream (1992); a starring role as demanding boss Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty (2006-10); and a recurring role as Renee Filmore-Jones in the drama Desperate Housewives (2010).
In film, Williams has demonstrated a wide range of ability with movies such as Eraser (1996),
the action flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the romantic comedy Soul Food (1997), for which she earned an Image Award. She also appeared as the publicist for Miley Cyrus' character Hannah Montana in the wildly popular teen film Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009). She continued her success on the silver screen with a role in the Tyler Perry film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013).
Stage work also continues to be one of Williams's passions. She showed audiences her dark side as the seductress Aurora in the 1994 performance of the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. She then wowed audiences with her performance as the witch in Stephen Sonheim's fairytale musical, Into the Woods in 2002. And in 2013 she joined the cast of the Tony-nominated play The Trip to Bountiful in 2013, playing the role of Jessie Mae Watts alongside Cube Gooding, Jr. and Cicely Tyson.
Williams and Hervey ended their marriage in 1997. They have three children together: Melanie, Jillian and Devin. In 1999, Williams remarried to basketball star Rick Fox. The couple divorced in 2004, after Fox was caught with another woman by tabloid magazines. They have one child, Sasha Gabriella. Williams currently resides in Chappaqua, New York.
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