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Vanessa Williams
photo credit: Dawn_light93
Age 54
Birthday 18 March, 1963
Birthplace Tarrytown, New York, USA
Height 5' 6" (168 cm)
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame First Black Miss America
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Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983. However, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, she learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue. Williams thus resigned as Miss America on July 22, 1984 (under pressure from the Miss America Organization), and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles. A few years later, she rebounded as an entertainer with the song "The Right Stuff." She then had a string of successful albums and singles and also found success as an actress (she is particularly well known for her roles as Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food, Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, and Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives).

Dating History

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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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302 Credits »
2017 The Man from Earth: Holocene -
2017 Daytime Divas Maxine Robinson
2016 Milo Murphy's Law Eileen Underwood, Dr. Eileen Underwood
2015 Fantasy Life Terry
2014 Broad City Elizabeth Carlton
2014 The Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts
2014 Omoide no Mânî Hisako
2014 The Librarians General Cynthia Rockwell
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Vanessa Williams
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Janice
2012 Delhi Safari Begum


303 Songs »
1 Save the Best for Last 1991
2 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 1905
3 Colors Of The Wind 1905
4 Colours of the Wind
5 Dreamin' 1994
6 The Sweetest Days 1994
7 Sister Moon 1994
8 Baby, It's Cold Outside 2003
9 Oh How The Years Go by 1997
10 Betcha Never 1998
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)


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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.


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Nominated for 39 Awards | Won 9

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