Vanessa Williams

Actor
This lissome, bright-eyed, black American actress shares a name with the controversial former Miss America-turned-singer/actress. Williams first registered in features as a feral yet attractive killer in Mario Van ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

When Marnie Was There 2015 (Movie)

Hisako (Voice)

2013 Soul Train Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Imagine That 2009 (Movie)

Lori Strother (Actor)

Lincoln Heights 2009 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

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The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Retrosexual: The '80s 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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When Melrose Place Ruled The World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Soul Food 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

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

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4th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Like Mike 2002 (Movie)

Pharmacist (Actor)

Punks 2001 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Style World 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Incognito 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Playing With Fire 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Chicago Hope 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Living Single 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Malcolm and Eddie 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Steve Harvey Show 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Between Brothers 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Mother 1996 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Murder One 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The D.R.O.P. Squad 1994 (Movie)

Mali (Actor)

Candyman 1992 (Movie)

Anne-Marie McCoy (Actor)

Melrose Place 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

Keisha (Actor)

Flirting With Forty (TV Show)

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Incognito (Movie)

Wilhelmina Hunter (Actor)

Our America (TV Show)

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Total Recall 2070 (TV Show)

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Biography

This lissome, bright-eyed, black American actress shares a name with the controversial former Miss America-turned-singer/actress. Williams first registered in features as a feral yet attractive killer in Mario Van Peebles' gangster movie, "New Jack City" (1991). Before that she appeared on TV in guest spots on "T.J. Hooker," "The Love Boat," "The Cosby Show" and "Law & Order." As aerobics instructor Rhonda Blair of "Melrose Place," Williams was the first black to figure prominently as a regular on one of the recent slew of glamorous, youth-targeted TV shows. Sadly the show's writers didn't have a clue as what to do with her; she was often paired in platonic subplots with Doug Savant's token gay character while the straight white folks were having a far more interesting time. Rhonda was married off and eliminated from the series by the end of the second season. Williams also offered a strong supporting performance as a protective single mother in "Candyman" (1992), a smart urban horror flick, and she played a lead role in the satire, "DROP Squad" (1994), executive produced by Spike Lee. In 1995, she returned to series TV as the law firm receptionist (and only regular black character) on the Steven Bochco-produced drama "Murder One"; Williams' character, however, was written out at the end of the first season.

Relationships

Andre Wiseman

Companion

Omar Wiseman

Son
born on March 5, 1997 father, Andre Wiseman

EDUCATION

Marymount Manhattan College

New York , New York

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

Marymount Manhattan College

New York , New York

Milestones

2000

Signed to star in the Showtime series "Soul Food" (which perhaps ironically starred the other Vanessa Williams, the former Miss America)

1995

Cast as Lila Marquette, the law firm receptionist on the ABC drama "Murder One"

1992

TV debut as a series regular, "Melrose Place" (Fox)

1991

Made feature debut in a supporting role in "New Jack City"

1988

Broadway debut, "Sarafina!"

Appeared on various TV series including "T.J. Hooker", "The Love Boat", "Law & Order", and "The Cosby Show" during the mid-1980s

Began performing at age 11 in New York City Opera Children's Chorus; was member for five years

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the former Miss America with the same name.

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