skip navigation
Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Candyman DVD An inner city children's fairytale comes to life in this gut-wrenching ghost... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

Flirting With Forty DVD Forty, single and ready to mingle! Heather Locklear stars in "Flirting with... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

And Then Came Love DVD A woman searches to make her anonymous sperm-donor not so anonymous in this 2007... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

Hannah Montana: The Movie... Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus star as Miley and Robby Ray Stewart in "Hannah... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

Hannah Montana: The Movie (Blu-ray + DVD +... MORE > $9.99 Regularly $9.99 Buy Now blu-ray

Imagine That DVD MORE > $6.99 Regularly $12.98 Buy Now blu-ray



Also Known As: Vanessa Lynne Williams, Vanessa L. Williams Died:
Born: March 18, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tarrytown, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A multi-faceted performer possessing both stunning looks and immense talent, Vanessa Williams found success in nearly every arm of the entertainment industry. Overcoming scandal and the loss of the Miss America title in 1984, due to a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, Williams' strength of character, grace and talent helped establish her as a sought-after vocalist and actress. As a Grammy-nominated singer, she released eight albums, selling over four million copies worldwide. As an actress, Williams starred on Broadway, television and in feature films. On stage, she turned in a Tony-nominated performance in "Into the Woods;" on the big screen, she starred in numerous films including "Eraser" (1996), "Soul Food" (1997), "Shaft" (2000) and "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004). With a career that spanned two decades, Williams established herself as a leading talent across the board, proving her staying power by returning to television as Wilhelmina Slater on the hit ABC series "Ugly Betty" (2006-2010). She furthered her stature on the small screen after joining the cast of the long-running hit, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), once again proving that Williams was capable of translating her talents to...

A multi-faceted performer possessing both stunning looks and immense talent, Vanessa Williams found success in nearly every arm of the entertainment industry. Overcoming scandal and the loss of the Miss America title in 1984, due to a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, Williams' strength of character, grace and talent helped establish her as a sought-after vocalist and actress. As a Grammy-nominated singer, she released eight albums, selling over four million copies worldwide. As an actress, Williams starred on Broadway, television and in feature films. On stage, she turned in a Tony-nominated performance in "Into the Woods;" on the big screen, she starred in numerous films including "Eraser" (1996), "Soul Food" (1997), "Shaft" (2000) and "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004). With a career that spanned two decades, Williams established herself as a leading talent across the board, proving her staying power by returning to television as Wilhelmina Slater on the hit ABC series "Ugly Betty" (2006-2010). She furthered her stature on the small screen after joining the cast of the long-running hit, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), once again proving that Williams was capable of translating her talents to just about any medium.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Soul Decisions (2004) Director

CAST: (feature film)

4.
 Phenom (2009)
5.
6.
 Ice Spiders (2007)
7.
 My Brother (2007)
8.
 Johnson Family Vacation (2004) Dorothy Johnson
9.
 Like Mike (2002) Pharmacist
10.
 Keep the Faith, Baby (2002) Hazel Scott
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
Grew up in Westchester County, NY
1983:
Won Miss New York pageant
1984:
Crowned first-ever black Miss America
1984:
Lost title as Miss America after <i>Penthouse</i> released unauthorized nude photographs
1984:
Moved to Los Angeles; launched entertainment career
1987:
Made film debut in "The Pick-Up Artist"
1988:
Released first album <i>The Right Stuff</i>
1991:
Released second and most successful album <i>The Comfort Zone</i>
1994:
Made Broadway debut in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" replacing Chita Rivera
1994:
Released third successful album <i>The Sweetest Days</i>
1996:
First leading role in features, "Eraser"
1997:
Co-starred in sleeper hit "Soul Food"
2000:
Played Dulcinea in TNT production "Don Quixote" and Ebony Scrooge in "A Diva's Christmas Carol' (VH1)
2000:
Starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in John Singleton's "Shaft"
2002:
Cast as the Witch in Broadway revival of "Into the Woods"
2002:
Performed title role of "Carmen Jones" at the Kennedy Center, directed by Debbie Allen
2004:
Cast in comedy "Johnson Family Vacation"
2006:
Played conniving editorial director Wilhelmina Slater on "Ugly Betty" (ABC)
2007:
Signed a $20 million deal to endorse products for Proactiv; also developed a cosmetics line for the company
2007:
Provided the voice for the main character in the PBS Kids version of "Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies"
2009:
Starred alongside Miley Cyrus in "Hannah Montana: The Movie"
2010:
Returned to Broadway for "Sondheim on Sondheim"
2010:
Joined cast of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as wealthy baseball wife Renee Perry
2012:
Co-starred on ABC's short-lived thriller "666 Park Avenue"
2013:
Cast in "Tyler Perry's Temptation"
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1981 - 1983
Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1981 - 1983

Notes

About the Miss America Pageant Williams has said: "Maybe it was to my advantage that I wasn't as hungry as those other girls, the ones who were bred to do this. I was certainly one of those people who said it was a joke. I think of myself as a feminist and pretty liberal, and there are aspects [of the pageant] that are pretty exploitative. You realize it once you're on the circuit." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 24, 1992.

Not to be confused with the actress Vanessa Williams from "Candyman" (1992), "Melrose Place" and the TV version of "Soul Food"

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Ramon Hervey. Publicist. Married January 1987; separated during the summer of 1996; born 1951; met c. 1984; divorced.
companion:
Christopher Salomine. Screenwriter. Wrote TV miniseries "The Odyssey"; no longer together.
husband:
Rick Fox. Professional athlete. Born c. 1969; began dating c. September 1998; married in summer 1999; remarried in a church wedding on September 26, 1999; announced separation July 2004; Fox filed for divorce August 10, 2004.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Chris Williams. Younger.
daughter:
Melanie Hervey. Born c. 1987; father is Ramon Hervey.
daughter:
Jillian Hervey. Born in 1989; father is Ramon Hervey.
son:
Devin Hervey. Born in 1993; father is Ramon Hervey.
step-son:
Kyle Fox. Born c. 1990; mother, Kari Hillsman.
daughter:
Sasha Gabriella Fox. Born May 1, 2000; father is Rick Fox.
VIEW COMPLETE FAMILY LISTING

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute