Vanessa Williams

Singer, Actor
A multi-faceted performer possessing both stunning looks and immense talent, Vanessa Williams found success in nearly every arm of the entertainment industry. Overcoming scandal and the loss of the Miss America title in ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1963 in Tarrytown, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (143)

Royal Pains 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mindy Project 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baby of the Family 2014 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

The Trip to Bountiful 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

666 Park Avenue 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomtown 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Delhi Safari 2012 (Movie)

(Voice)

Desperate Housewives 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

RuPaul's Drag Race 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Who Do You Think You Are? 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2006 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Hates Chris 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hannah Montana: The Movie 2009 (Movie)

Vita (Actor)

Knight Rider 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

And Then Came Love 2007 (Movie)

Julie Davidson (Actor)

My Brother 2007 (Movie)

L'Tisha Morton (Actor)

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beautiful World of Ugly Betty 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

South Beach 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Black in the '80s 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Rehearsing a Dream 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 7th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Johnson Family Vacation 2004 (Movie)

Dorothy Johnson (Actor)

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep the Faith, Baby 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa, Baby! 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

A Home For the Holidays 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Donny Osmond: This Is the Moment 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

WW3 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Carmen Vasquez (Actor)

The 4th Annual Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Light It Up 1999 (Movie)

Audrey McDonald (Actor)

My Favorite Christmas Songs 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Pavarotti and Friends 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

Queen of Trash (Actor)

The International DanceSport Championship II 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Vanessa Williams 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

Francine Hughes (Actor)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

Teri (Actor)

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Live From the House of Blues 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

People 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee... Looking For Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

David Foster's Christmas Album 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy's Greatest Moments 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah: Behind the Scenes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Fiesta at Ford's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1991 Billboard Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jaleel White Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Soul of VH1 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Another You 1991 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

Lulu Daniels (Actor)

Seriously... Phil Collins 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Live! Dick Clark Presents 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Gun 1988 (Movie)

Samantha Richards (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Rae (Actor)

The Redd Foxx Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Goes to College 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Salute to Lady Liberty 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

A Diva's Christmas Carol (TV Show)

Actor

Bye Bye Birdie (TV Show)

Actor

Don Quixote (TV Show)

Actor

Futuresport (TV Show)

Actor

Ice Spiders (TV Show)

Actor

It's Black Entertainment (TV Show)

Actor

Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Show)

Actor

The Courage to Love (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

Definitely, Maybe 2008 (Movie)

("Save The Best For Last") (Song Performer)

What Happens in Vegas 2008 (Movie)

("Save The Best For Last") (Song Performer)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

("Open Your Heart") (Song Performer)

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

("I See a Kingdom") (Song Performer)

Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)

("You Are My Home (Salsa)" "You Are My Home") (Song Performer)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

("Colors of the Wind") (Song Performer)

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1991 (Movie)

("What Will I Tell My Heart" "The Better Part of Me" "Work to Do") (Song Performer)

Skin Deep 1989 (Movie)

("Dreamin'") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

And Then Came Love 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

Johnson Family Vacation 2004 (Movie)

Alligator Tango Choreographer (Choreographer)

Biography

A multi-faceted performer possessing both stunning looks and immense talent, Vanessa Williams found success in nearly every arm of the entertainment industry. Overcoming scandal and the loss of the Miss America title in 1984, due to a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, Williams' strength of character, grace and talent helped establish her as a sought-after vocalist and actress. As a Grammy-nominated singer, she released eight albums, selling over four million copies worldwide. As an actress, Williams starred on Broadway, television and in feature films. On stage, she turned in a Tony-nominated performance in "Into the Woods;" on the big screen, she starred in numerous films including "Eraser" (1996), "Soul Food" (1997), "Shaft" (2000) and "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004). With a career that spanned two decades, Williams established herself as a leading talent across the board, proving her staying power by returning to television as Wilhelmina Slater on the hit ABC series "Ugly Betty" (2006-2010). She furthered her stature on the small screen after joining the cast of the long-running hit, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), once again proving that Williams was capable of translating her talents to just about any medium.

Relationships

Rick Fox Actor

Husband
Introduced by Fox's then-girlfriend Tyra Banks Began dating in September 1998 Married Sept. 26, 1999 Fox filed for divorce in August 2004 Divorce finalized in 2005 Acted together in 2007 on ABC's "Ugly Betty"

Sasha Fox

Daughter
Born May 1, 2000; father, Rick Fox

Ramon Hervey Actor

Husband
Met c. 1984 Married Jan. 2, 1987 Divorced in 1997

Jillian Hervey

Daughter
Born in 1989; father, Ramon Hervey

Melanie Hervey

Daughter
Born c. 1987 father is Ramon Hervey

Devin Hervey

Son
Born in 1993; father, Ramon Hervey

Robert Anthony Mac Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "South Beach" (UPN) in 2006 No longer together

Chris Solimine Actor

Companion
Wrote the NBC miniseries "The Odyssey" (1997), starring Williams No longer together

Milton Williams

Father

Helen Williams

Mother

Chris Williams

Brother
Younger

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1981 - 1983
Won a musical theater scholarship in 1981; left Syracuse during her sophomore year to fulfill her duties as Miss America and to focus on her entertainment career; received her bachelor of fine arts degree in 2008, earning the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and performances on stage and screen

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1981 - 1983
Won a musical theater scholarship in 1981; left Syracuse during her sophomore year to fulfill her duties as Miss America and to focus on her entertainment career; received her bachelor of fine arts degree in 2008, earning the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and performances on stage and screen

Milestones

2013

Cast in "Tyler Perry's Temptation"

2012

Co-starred on ABC's short-lived thriller "666 Park Avenue"

2010

Joined cast of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as wealthy baseball wife Renee Perry

2010

Returned to Broadway for "Sondheim on Sondheim"

2009

Starred alongside Miley Cyrus in "Hannah Montana: The Movie"

2007

Provided the voice for the main character in the PBS Kids version of "Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies"

2007

Signed a $20 million deal to endorse products for Proactiv; also developed a cosmetics line for the company

2006

Played conniving editorial director Wilhelmina Slater on "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

2004

Cast in comedy "Johnson Family Vacation"

2002

Performed title role of "Carmen Jones" at the Kennedy Center, directed by Debbie Allen

2002

Cast as the Witch in Broadway revival of "Into the Woods"

2000

Starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in John Singleton's "Shaft"

2000

Played Dulcinea in TNT production "Don Quixote" and Ebony Scrooge in "A Diva's Christmas Carol' (VH1)

1997

Co-starred in sleeper hit "Soul Food"

1996

First leading role in features, "Eraser"

1994

Made Broadway debut in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" replacing Chita Rivera

1994

Released third successful album The Sweetest Days

1991

Released second and most successful album The Comfort Zone

1988

Released first album The Right Stuff

1987

Made film debut in "The Pick-Up Artist"

1984

Crowned first-ever black Miss America

1984

Lost title as Miss America after Penthouse released unauthorized nude photographs

1984

Moved to Los Angeles; launched entertainment career

1983

Won Miss New York pageant

Grew up in Westchester County, NY

Bonus Trivia

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About the Miss America pageant, Williams has said: "Maybe it was to my advantage that I wasn't as hungry as those other girls, the ones who were bred to do this. I was certainly one of those people who said it was a joke. I think of myself as a feminist and pretty liberal, and there are aspects [of the pageant] that are pretty exploitative. You realize it once you're on the circuit." – quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 24, 1992

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She was not to be confused with the actress Vanessa Williams from "Candyman" (1992) and "Melrose Place" (Fox).

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In the 2012 memoir Williams co-wrote with her mother Helen, titled You Have No Idea, the actress revealed she was molested at the age of 10 by an 18-year-old daughter of a family friend. Williams also opened up in the book about receiving death threats after winning the Miss America crown.

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