Vanessa L. Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams ( born March 18, 1963 in Tarrytown, New York ) is an American actress and singer.


The parents of Williams were music teachers. She studied piano at Syracuse University. In 1983 she was Miss New York, she was elected as the first African-American Miss America on September 17, 1983. In 1984 appeared in Penthouse magazine nude photos of Williams, which showed her in lesbian poses with another woman. Williams was forced to return her crown of Miss America on 23 July 1984.

Their debut album, The Right Stuff (1988 ) was awarded the gold record and was nominated for three Grammy Awards. Their single Save The Best For Last (1992 ) reached five weeks, the first position of the chart list Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. She also sang the winning song Colors of the Wind, which was used in the Disney film Pocahontas (1995).

As an actress, Williams debuted mid-1980s; particularly known it was her role in the film Eraser (1996 ), in which she starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. For her starring role in the film Soul Food (1997), she won the Image Award and was nominated for Black Film Award at the Acapulco Black Film Festival. For her role in the action film Shaft - Any questions? (2000), in which she starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson, she was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award and an Image Award. Goes for her starring role in the comedy Johnson Family travel (2004 ) she was nominated for a BET Comedy Award.

From 2006 to 2010 she played the " Wilhelmina Slater " in the ABC production Ugly Betty. For the part of scheming editor of a fashion magazine, she was nominated between 2007 and 2009 three times in a row for an Emmy and won two Image Awards.

From her first marriage to Ramon Hervey (1987-1996) Williams has three children. A born in 2000, daughter comes of her marriage to NBA star Rick Fox. The marriage ended in divorce in 2004. 2010 Vanessa Lynn Williams was taken for the 7th season of Desperate Housewives and embodied under contract until the end of the series the character " Renee Perry ," a new neighbor who moves into Wisteria Lane. In March 2012, she landed a starring role in the ABC thriller 666 Park Avenue.

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