Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American actress and singer who is particularly well known for her roles as Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives, and Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food. She initially gained recognition as the first African American woman to win the title of Miss America (during the Miss America 1984 pageant on September 17, 1983). Seven weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized nude photographs of Williams. She relinquished her title and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey 1983, Suzette Charles. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy and Emmy nominations and a Tony Award nomination. She is also the recipient of 7 NAACP Image Award and 3 Satellite Awards. In September, 2015 at the Miss America 2016 pageant, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell apologized to Williams (who was serving as head judge) for what was said to her by the Miss America Organization during the events of 1984. Wikipedia

Age: 52
Born: 18 March 1963, Tarrytown, New York, USA
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: First Black Miss America

Dating History

7 Relationships »
Vanessa Williams is married to Jim Skrip.
Jim Skrip
  • Commenced Dating: 2012
  • Date Engaged: September 2014
  • Date Married: 4 July 2015
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285 Credits »
2015 Fantasy Life Terry
2014 The Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Vanessa Williams
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Janice
2012 Delhi Safari Begum
2012 666 Park Avenue Olivia Doran
2012 The Mindy Project Dr. Phillips
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Vita
2009 Royal Pains Olympia Houston
2007 And Then Came Love Julie
2007 The Beautiful World of Ugly Betty Narrator, Wilhelmina Slater


300 Songs »
1 Save the Best for Last 2002
2 Colors Of The Wind 1905
3 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 1905
4 Baby, It's Cold Outside 2003
5 Dreamin' 2006
6 What Child is This 1996
7 The Right Stuff 2006
8 The Sweetest Days
9 Running Back to You 2002
10 The Comfort Zone 2002
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)



I throw myself into my work. It's exhausting. It's time-consuming. I feel guilty for not being with my kids all the time, But then when I'm home with my children and devoting my life to my kids, in the back of my mind I'm wondering whether I'll ever get employed again. So there's a constant battle of doing what fuels me and what I do best. And also, being there for my kids.


38 Awards »
Nominated for 38 Awards | Won 9

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