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Vanessa Williams
Williams arriving at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City, New York on February 9, 2007
Williams arriving at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City, New York on February 9, 2007
Background information
Birth name Vanessa Lynn Williams
Born March 18, 1963 (1963-03-18) (age 45)
Tarrytown, New York, United States
Genre(s) Pop, R&B, jazz, dance, adult contemporary
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 1983–present
Label(s) Wing / Mercury (1987–1995)
Mercury (1996–1999)
Lava / Atlantic (2004–2005)
Concord (2006–Present)
Website www.vanessawilliamsmusic.com

Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Williams made history on September 17, 1983 when she became the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America. Williams' reign as Miss America came to an abrupt end when scandal led to her subsequent resignation of the title. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award recognition while perfecting her craft. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 853 pixel, file size: 99 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Vanessa Williams entering the Bryant Park tents during the 2007 Mercedes-Benz fashion week show. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... Bryant Park, August 2003 Bryant Park is a 9. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the state. ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Tarrytown is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... R&B redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream contemporary pop music, excluding hip hop, hard rock, and some teen pop music, which is intended for an adult audience. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Wing Records was a subsidiary of Mercury Records that enjoyed its greatest success during the 50s. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... Lava Records was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Jason Flom, who began his career with Atlantic Records. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Concord Records is a well-known Beverly Hills, California based jazz record label. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... For the patriotically-themed comic book superheroines, see Miss America (comics). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An Emmy Award. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...

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Early life

Williams was born in Tarrytown, New York, the daughter of music teachers Helen and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr.[1][2] Williams and her younger brother Chris, who is also an actor, grew up in the predominantly white middle-class suburban area of Millwood, New York. Prophetically, her parents put "Here she is: Miss America" on her birth announcement.[3] Tarrytown is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the socio-economic class from a global vantage point. ... Millwood is the name of several places in the United States: Millwood Township in Minnesota Millwood Township in Ohio Millwood in South Carolina Millwood in Washington This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the state. ...


Williams studied piano and French horn growing up, but was most interested in singing. She received a scholarship and attended Syracuse University as a Theatre Arts major. She discontinued her education at Syracuse during her sophomore year to fulfill her duties as Miss America, and then subsequently left university to focus on her entertainment career. A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... The horn is a brass instrument consisting of tubing wrapped into a coiled form. ... This article is about scholarship (noun) and scholarship as a form of financial aid. ... Crouse College, a 19th-century Romanesque building which houses the universitys visual arts and music programs Syracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States the geographic center of the state, about 250 miles northwest of New York City. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... For the patriotically-themed comic book superheroines, see Miss America (comics). ...


Pageants and Miss America title

Williams began competing in beauty pageants in the early 1980s. Williams won Miss New York in 1983, and went to the Miss America national pageant in Atlantic City. She was crowned Miss America 1984 on September 17, 1983 making her the first-ever African American Miss America. Prior to the final night of competition, Williams won both the Preliminary Talent and Swimsuit Competitions from earlier in the week. Williams' reign as Miss America was not without its challenges and controversies. For the first time in pageant history, a reigning Miss America was the target of death threats and angry racist hate mail.[4] A beauty contest, or beauty pageant, is a competition between people, based largely, though not always entirely, on the beauty of their physical appearance. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The Miss New York competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New York in the Miss America pageant. ... Alternate meanings: See Atlantic City (disambiguation) Atlantic City is a city located in USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 40,517. ... Miss America 1984, the 59th Miss America, pageant, was from on the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 17, 1983 on NBC Network. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...


Ten months into her reign as Miss America, she received an anonymous phone call stating that nude photos of her taken by a photographer prior to her pageant days had surfaced. Williams believed the photographs were private and had been destroyed; she claims she never signed a release permitting the photos to be used.[5]


The genesis of the photos dated back to 1982, when she worked as an assistant and makeup artist for Mount Kisco, N.Y. photographer Tom Chiapel. According to Williams, Chiapel advised her that he wanted to try a "new concept of silhouettes with two models." He photographed Williams and another woman in several nude poses. The photographs depicted mild overtones of simulated lesbian sex, which was quite controversial for its time.[6] Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ...


Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, was initially offered the photos, but turned them down. Later Hefner would explain why in People Weekly. "Vanessa Williams is a beautiful woman. There was never any question of our interest in the photos. But they clearly weren't authorized and because they would be the source of considerable embarrassment to her, we decided not to publish them. We were also mindful that she was the first black Miss America." Days later, Bob Guccione, the publisher of Penthouse, announced that his magazine would publish the photos in their September 1984 issue, and paid Chiapel for the rights to them without Williams' consent. According to the PBS documentary, "Miss America," the Vanessa Williams issue of Penthouse would ultimately bring Guccione a $14 million windfall.[7] Hugh Marston Hefner (born April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois), also referred to colloquially as Hef, is the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine. ... For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... Bob Guccione and friend Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini Guccione (b. ... Penthouse, a mens magazine founded by Bob Guccione, combines urban lifestyle articles and soft-core pornographic pictorials that, in the 1990s, evolved into hardcore. ... This article is about the year. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ...


After days of media frenzy and sponsors threatening to pull out of the upcoming 1985 pageant, Williams felt pressured by Miss America Pageant officials to resign, and did so in a press conference on July 23, 1984. The title subsequently went to first-runner up Suzette Charles, who is also African-American. In early September 1984, Vanessa filed an unheralded $500 million lawsuit against Chiapel and Guccione. According to a Williams family representative, she eventually dropped the suit to avoid further legal battles choosing to move on with her life. Vanessa is quoted as saying "the best revenge is success." is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Suzette Charles (born March 2, 1963) is an American singer and entertainer. ...


Although she resigned from fulfilling the duties of a current Miss America, she was allowed to keep the bejeweled crown and scholarship money and is officially recognized by the Miss America Organization today as "Miss America 1984" and Suzette Charles as "Miss America 1984b."


Music career

After time out of the spotlight, Williams secured a record deal, and released her debut album, The Right Stuff in 1988. The first single, "The Right Stuff", found major success on the R&B Chart while the second single "(He Got) The Look" found similar success on the R&B charts. The third single, "Dreamin'", was a pop hit becoming Williams' first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8, and her first number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album reached gold status in the US and earned her three Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best New Artist. Album cover. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known by various names including Hot Soul Singles, Hot Black Singles, and Hot R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1960. ...


Her second album The Comfort Zone became the biggest success in her music career. The lead single Running Back to You reached top twenty on the Hot 100, and the top position of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on October 5, 1991. Other singles included "The Comfort Zone" (#2 R&B), "Just for Tonight" (#26 Pop), "Work To Do" and the club-only hit "Freedom Dance (Get Free!)". The most successful single from the album, as well as her biggest hit to date is "Save the Best for Last". The song was #1 in the United States for five weeks, as well as #1 in Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada and was in the top 5 in Japan and the United Kingdom.The album sold 2.2 million copies in the US at its time of release and has since been certified three times platinum in the United States by the RIAA, gold in Canada by the CRIA, and platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI. The Comfort Zone earned Williams five Grammy Award nominations. The Comfort Zone is the second studio album by American R&B singer Vanessa Williams, released by Polydor on August 20, 1991 (see 1991 in music). ... Running Back To You is the first single of the album The Comfort Zone by Vanessa Williams. ... The Comfort Zone was a 1991 single release by Vanessa Williams, it peaked at number-two on the US R&B chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award. ... Just for Tonight is a single by Vanessa Williams, taken from her album The Comfort Zone in 1992. ... Save The Best For Last is considered as the biggest hit of Vanessa Williams. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... The RIAA Logo. ... The Canadian Recording Industry Association is a non-profit trade organization that was founded in 1964 to represent the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... The Comfort Zone was a 1991 single release by Vanessa Williams, it peaked at number-two on the US R&B chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Sweetest Days, her third album, was released in 1994 to rave reviews. The Sweetest Days saw Williams branch out and sample other styles of music that included jazz, hip-hop, rock, and Latin-themed recordings such as "Betcha Never" and "You Can't Run", both written and produced by Babyface. Other singles from the album included the Adult Contemporary and Dance hit "The Way That You Love" and the title track "The Sweetest Days". The album was certified platinum in the US by the RIAA and earned her two Grammy Award nominations. The Sweetest Days is a single by Vanessa Williams. ... Kenneth Babyface Edmonds (born April 10, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an R&B and pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entreprenuer. ... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... The RIAA Logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Other albums include two Christmas albums, Star Bright released in 1996 and Silver and Gold in 2004; Next in 1997, and Everlasting Love in 2005, along with a greatest hits compilation released in 1998 and a host of other compilations released over the years. For the U2 song, see Silver and Gold (song). ... For other meanings, see Next. ... Everlasting Love is a song first made famous by Love Affair, an English pop group. ...


Notable chart performances from subsequent albums, motion picture and television soundtracks have included the songs "Love Is", "Colors of the Wind", "Where Do We Go From Here", and "Oh How The Years Go By". In total, Williams has sold over six million records and received fifteen Grammy Award nominations. Love Is is a single released by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight in 1993. ... Alternate meaning: Sing-Along Songs: Colors of the Wind Colors of the Wind by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz was the 1995 Oscar-winner for Best Original Song from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas. ... Where Do We Go From Here is the third album by Christian rock band Pillar. ... Written by Simon Climie & Will Jennings, this song was performed by singer Amy Grant and released on her 1994 album House of Love. ...


In 2007, it was announced that Williams had signed with Concord Records. A new album, which will be her eighth, is expected in 2008 and will feature old standards as well as some new material. Williams herself describes the new project as "sassy". [8] Concord Records is a well-known Beverly Hills, California based jazz record label. ...


Acting career

Theatrical roles

Williams parlayed her ascendant music career into a theatrical role when she was cast in the Broadway production of Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1994. She was also featured in the Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award nominated performance as the Witch in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods in a revival of the show in 2002, which included songs revised for her. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1993 Broadway musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb with book by Terrence McNally. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical is awarded to the actress who was voted as the best actress in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... Stephen Joshua Sondheim (b. ... This article is about the musical production. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Other notable theatrical roles include her performances in Carmen Jones at the Kennedy Center, the off-Broadway productions of One Man Band and Checkmates, and the New York City Center's Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, St. Louis Woman. Carmen Jones was a 1943 Broadway musical, later also performed a 1954 musical film; the play also ran for a season in 1991 at Londons Old Vic and most recently in Londons Royal Festival Hall in the South Bank Centre in 2007[1]. It is an updating of... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ... New York City Center Logo New York City Center is a 2,750-seat performing arts venue located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan, New York City. ... New York City Centers Encores!® Great American Musicals in Concert has been performing since 1994. ...


Feature film roles

Williams has appeared in several feature films. Her most prominent role was in the film Soul Food (1997), for which she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Vanessa appeared in the 1991 cult classic film Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. She also co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Eraser and opposite Latin sensation Chayanne in Dance with Me. For the type of cuisine, see soul food. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... The NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: (1) Out of 12 films which featured Blacks in leading roles in 1980, Cicely Tyson was the only female in that category. ... Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is a 1991 action film,starring Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson, Tom Sizemore, Chelsea Field, Branscombe Richmond, Daniel Baldwin, Tia Carrere, Giancarlo Esposito, and the late Big John Studd. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Eraser is a 1996 action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams. ... Dance With Me may refer to: Dance With Me (Orleans song), a song by Orleans Dance With Me (TSOL album), a 1981 album by TSOL Dance With Me (Alphaville song), a song by Alphaville, from their 1986 album Afternoons in Utopia Dance With Me (musical), a 1975 Broadway musical directed...


In 2007, Vanessa returned to the big screen starring in two independent motion pictures. The first being My Brother, for which she won Best Actress honors at the Harlem International Film Festival, the African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival and at the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Festival, and the second being And Then Came Love. And Then Came Love is a 2007 romantic comedy film that premiered at the Urban Film Series Festival in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 2007. ...


Television

Williams' first television appearance was on a 1984 episode of The Love Boat, playing herself. She subsequently made guest appearances on a number of shows, including T.J. Hooker, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, LateLine, MADtv, Ally McBeal and Boomtown. This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... For the Taiwanese youth program informally known as Love Boat, see Overseas Chinese Youth Language Training and Study Tour to the Republic of China. ... T.J. Hooker was a weekly police drama that premiered as a mid-season replacement in early 1982 on ABC-TV and ran on ABC primetime through summer 1985. ... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an Emmy, BAFTA, and RTS-award winning popular American television sitcom that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. ... SNL redirects here. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... LateLine was an American TV sitcom that ran on NBC from March 17, 1998, through March 16, 1999. ... For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation). ... For the character, see Ally McBeal (character). ... A boomtown is a community that experiences sudden and rapid population and economic growth. ...


She has had many appearances in television movies and miniseries, including Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer and The Jacksons: An American Dream. She played the nymph Calypso in the 1997 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries The Odyssey, starring Armand Assante. She appeared as the Ebenezer Scrooge character in an update of the Charles Dickens story "A Christmas Carol" called "A Diva's Christmas Carol". In 2001, Williams starred in the Lifetime cable movie about the life of Henriette DeLille, The Courage to Love. In early 2006 she starred in the short lived UPN drama South Beach. Now hes left to pine on an island, wracked with grief (Odyssey V): Calypso and Odysseus, by Arnold Böcklin, 1883 Calypso (Greek: Καλυψώ, I will conceal, also transliterated as Kalypsó or Kālypsō), was a naiad, daughter of Atlas who lived on the island of Gozo in Greek mythology. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... RHI Entertainment is an American producer of television movies and miniseries, founded in the 1980s by Robert Halmi Jr. ... The Odyssey was a 1997 miniseries on NBC. For other uses of Odyssey see Odyssey (disambiguation). ... Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. ... Ebenezer Scrooge encounters Ignorance and Want in Dickenss novel, A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dickens 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol. ... Dickens redirects here. ... For other uses, see A Christmas Carol (disambiguation). ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... LMN is a sister network to Lifetime which shows women-oriented movies exclusively, especially made for television movies. ... Henriette DeLille Henriette DeLille (1813-1862) was born in New Orleans to Jean Baptiste DeLille Sarpy , a wealthy French Creole, and Poupone Dias, a quadroon. ... The year 2006 in television involved some significant events. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... South Beach is a primetime television drama that ran from January 11, 2006 until February 22, 2006 on UPN. Created by Matt Cirulnick, one of its executive producers was entertainer Jennifer Lopez. ...


In 2007, Williams received considerable media attention for her comic/villainess role as magazine creative director Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty, produced by Salma Hayek. Her performance on the series resulted in a nomination for outstanding supporting actress at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards. Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Wilhelmina Slater (born Wanda Slater) is a fictional character in the American dramedy series Ugly Betty. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Ugly Betty is a Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning[1] American television comedy-drama series starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Rebecca Romijn and Vanessa Williams. ... Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is an award-winning Mexican-American actress, director, and television and film producer. ... The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, September 16, 2007 and were televised live on FOX and CTV at 8:00 p. ...


She also provides a voice for the main character in Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies. This article is considered orphaned, since there are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


She is to guest appear on Hannah Montana, as Hannah's pushy publicist. This article is about the Disney Channel original series. ...


For the complete list of her television appearances, see Vanessa L. Williams at TV.com. TV.com is a website belonging to the CNET Games and Entertainment family of websites. ...


Other media appearances

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Name conflict

In Williams' career, she was initially known simply as "Vanessa Williams". However, there is occasionally confusion or conflicts with similarly-named actress Vanessa A. Williams, who first came to national notice when she appeared in the first season of Melrose Place. Vanessa A. Williams (born May 12, 1963) is an African-American actress who has appeared in several TV series such Melrose Place and the Showtime cable TV show Soul Food. ... Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that ran between 1992 and 1999, created by Darren Star for the FOX network and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. ...


Williams (VLW) first became aware of Vanessa A. Williams (VAW) in the 1980s when her New York University registrar told her that another, similarly aged girl with the same name and from the same state had applied.[9][10] When VLW appeared as Miss America in a Macy's Day Parade, VAW accidentally received her cheque for the appearance (which she returned).[9] New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... For the patriotically-themed comic book superheroines, see Miss America (comics). ... The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, originally called the Macys Christmas Parade, is an annual parade sponsored by Macys Department Store. ...


In the area of acting, the two ran into name conflict when Screen Actors Guild rules prohibited duplicate stage naming. VAW had registered the name "Vanessa Williams" first,[9] so as a compromise, VLW was occasionally credited as "Vanessa L. Williams" in acting credits. VLW says the Screen Actors Guild eventually took the issue to arbitration and decided that both actresses could use the stage name "Vanessa Williams".[10] She is credited this way in the opening credits for Ugly Betty. Both actresses starred in versions of the drama Soul Food (VLW in the film version, and VAW in its TV series adaptation). The Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) is the labor union representing over 120,000 film actors in the United States. ... Arbitration is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts, wherein the parties to a dispute refer it to one or more persons (the arbitrators or arbitral tribunal), by whose decision (the award) they agree to be bound. ... Ugly Betty is a Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning[1] American television comedy-drama series starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Rebecca Romijn and Vanessa Williams. ... For the type of cuisine, see soul food. ... For the type of cuisine, see soul food. ...


In a 1997 interview with Playboy magazine, VLW claims VAW made a "catty remark" about her when VAW appeared in a Broadway play.[11] A year later, VLW told Canoe.ca: "[The other Vanessa Williams] registered the name first, but I made the name famous so I have more claim to it these days".[9] For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ...


Personal life

Williams is Catholic.[12] She has been married twice. Her first marriage, to her then-manager Ramon Hervey II, was from 1987 to 1997. They have three children: Melanie (born 1987), Jillian (born 1989), and Devin (born 1993). This article is about the year 1987. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Her second marriage was to former NBA basketball player Rick Fox. They married in September 1999 and have a daughter, Sasha Gabriella (born May 2000). After The National Enquirer published pictures of Fox kissing another woman in mid-2004, Fox's representative announced that the couple had been "headed toward divorce" for over a year.[13] A few months later in August 2004, Fox filed for divorce.[14] During some press interviews, Williams cast some doubt on the divorce status,[15] but while visiting the Howard Stern radio show in March 2005, she said that while she and Fox were intimate with each other briefly during the 2004 holidays, a reconciliation was unlikely.[16] NBA redirects here. ... Ulrich Alexander (Rick) Fox (born July 24, 1969 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian television actor and retired professional basketball player. ... For the technology tabloid website, see The Inquirer. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ...


In early 2006, Williams dated 29-year-old actor Rob Mack, whom she met on the set of her show South Beach.[17] South Beach is a primetime television drama that ran from January 11, 2006 until February 22, 2006 on UPN. Created by Matt Cirulnick, one of its executive producers was entertainer Jennifer Lopez. ...


She's currently single and resides in Beverly Hills, California and Chappaqua, New York. Beverly Hills redirects here. ... Chappaqua is an unincorporated hamlet and census_designated place located in Westchester County, New York. ... This article is about the state. ...


Her father died on January 17, 2006, at the age of 70.[18] is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


During an interview with Barbara Walters which aired on February 24, 2008, Williams not only admitted to using Botox but also called it a miracle drug saying "It's a miracle drug, no cutting, nothing, and I love it. But I also want to act so I don't do it to freeze my face."[19] Barbara Jill Walters[1] (born September 25, 1929) is an American journalist, writer, and media personality who has been a regular fixture on morning television shows (Today and The View), an evening news magazine (20/20), and on The ABC Evening News as the first female evening news anchor. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Botulin toxin or botox is the toxic compound produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. ...


Discography

Main article: Vanessa L. Williams discography

Awards and accolades

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Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1993 Broadway musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb with book by Terrence McNally. ... The NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding Female Artist: Categories: NAACP Image Awards ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1993 Broadway musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb with book by Terrence McNally. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Soul Train is a long-running music-related syndicated television program. ... Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is a popular singer of African-American descent. ... 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The Black Reel Awards began in 2000 and were designed to annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in feature, independent and television films. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, shooting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. ... Johnson Family Vacation is an American comedy film directed by Christopher Erskin, released on April 7, 2004 by Fox Searchlight Pictures. ... The Satellite Awards are an annual award given by the International Press Academy. ... Ugly Betty is a Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning[1] American television comedy-drama series starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Rebecca Romijn and Vanessa Williams. ... The Actor: The Screen Actors Guild Award Statue The Screen Actors Guild Awards are an annual award given by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to recognize outstanding performances by members. ... Ugly Betty is a Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning[1] American television comedy-drama series starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Rebecca Romijn and Vanessa Williams. ... The NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Categories: NAACP Image Awards ... Ugly Betty is a Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning[1] American television comedy-drama series starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Rebecca Romijn and Vanessa Williams. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... An Emmy Award. ... 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Popular culture

  • In The Simpsons episode "Lisa the Beauty Queen", Krusty the Klown informs the pageant audience that it is possible for the runner-up to inherit the crown. He says, "And don't say it'll never happen. Because we all remember that thing that happened with what's her name. Click, click. You know," a reference to Williams' nude photographs.
  • Also in the episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land", when driving to the amusement park, Homer turns on the radio to hear the following "Continuing our "Sign of Evil" countdown, here's Vanessa Williams," another reference to Williams' singing career.
  • Williams also contributes in an album featuring English-language translations of songs from the world-popular Japanese pop music girl group Morning Musume. She sings a translated version of their 10th single, "I Wish".
  • Digital Underground referenced Vanessa Williams in the remix version of their song "Doowutchyalike." The line goes "Vanessa Williams, ooh you're so divine, just wanna put your name in my rhyme..." They also reference her in their song "Packet Man."
  • Calypso singer Mighty Sparrow wrote and recorded a song about her following her Miss America scandal entitled Vanessa.

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See also

This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ...

References

  1. ^ Vanessa L. Williams Biography (1963-)
  2. ^ AN APPRECIATION; Remembering Milton Williams, A Mentor to Music Students - New York Times
  3. ^ Entertainment Tonight interview. December 11, 2005.
  4. ^ pbs.org
  5. ^ time.com
  6. ^ Tom Chiapel. "Here she comes, Miss America", Pictorial, Penthouse, September, 1984, pp. 66-75. ISSN 0090-2020. 
  7. ^ pbs.org
  8. ^ Ask Billboard
  9. ^ a b c d B. Hobson, Louis. Vanessa dancing up a storm, Canoe.ca. August 16, 1998.
  10. ^ a b Vanessa Williams: Boomtown's New Bombshell!. TV Guide. September 02, 2003.
  11. ^ Funny Facts
  12. ^ Halle Berry, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams talk about their careers after marital breakups - Cover Story | Jet | Find Articles at BNET.com
  13. ^ contactmusic.com
  14. ^ usatoday.com
  15. ^ contactmusic.com
  16. ^ However, Williams remains good friends with both her exes.marksfriggin.com
  17. ^ nydailynews.com
  18. ^ twincities.com
  19. ^ The Barbara Walters Special, Interview with Vanessa L. Williams. February24, 2008.

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Preceded by
Debra Maffett
Miss America
1984
Succeeded by
Suzette Charles
Persondata
NAME Williams, Vanessa
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Williams, Vanessa Lynn
SHORT DESCRIPTION American television, film, and theatre actress, singer-songwriter, and former Miss America.
DATE OF BIRTH March 18, 1963
PLACE OF BIRTH Tarrytown, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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