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Vanessa Williams
Photo Credit: Dawn_light93
Age: 53
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: First Black Miss America

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

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Songs

300 Songs »
RankTitleYear*
1 Save the Best for Last 1991
2 Colors Of The Wind 1905
3 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 1905
4 Baby, It's Cold Outside 2003
5 Dreamin' 1994
6 What Child is This 1996
7 The Right Stuff 1998
8 The Sweetest Days 1994
9 Running Back to You 1991
10 The Comfort Zone 1991
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

Quotes

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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.

Awards

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Nominated for 39 Awards | Won 9

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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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