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Vanessa Williams

Williams arriving at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City on February 9, 2007
Background information
Birth name Vanessa Lynn Williams
Born March 18, 1963 (1963-03-18) (age 46)
Tarrytown, New York, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop, soul, jazz, dance, adult contemporary
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 1983–present
Labels Wing / Mercury (1987-1995)
Mercury (1996-1999)
Lava / Atlantic (2004-2005)
Concord (2007-present)
Website http://www.vanessawilliams.com
.Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American model, singer, songwriter and actress.^ Read Full Biography Born March 18, 1963 .
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^ Vanessa L. Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18 , 1963 ) is an American singer-songwriter and actress .
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^ Cached Vanessa L. Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American model, singer, songwriter and actress.

.In 1984, she became the first woman of African American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal caused her to relinquish her title early.^ First black Miss America .
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^ She made history on September 17, 1983 when she became the first woman of African descent to be crowned Miss America .
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^ She was crowned Miss America 1984 on September 17, 1983 making her the first-ever African-American Miss America.
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.Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.^ Williams launched her recording career with The Right Stuff , and received three Grammy nominations.
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^ Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.
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^ Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy , Emmy , and Tony award recognition.
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Early life

Williams was born in Tarrytown, New York, the daughter of music teachers Helen and Milton Augustine Williams Jr.[1][2] Williams and her younger brother Chris, who is also an actor, grew up in the predominantly white middle-class suburban area of Millwood, New York. .Prophetically, her parents put "Here she is: Miss America" on her birth announcement.^ Prophetically, her parents put "Here she is: Miss America" on her birth announcement.
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^ Her parents used to call her Miss America since her birth.
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^ When Vanessa was born, her parents sent out birth annoucement that read "Here she is, Miss America" and on September 17, 1983 she became the first black woman to be crowned "Miss America" .

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Education

.Williams studied piano and French horn growing up, but was most interested in singing and songwriting.^ Williams studied piano and French horn growing up, but was most interested in singing.
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^ She studied piano and French horn growing up, but was most interested in singing.
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^ Williams taught his daughter, Vanessa, to play the French horn and piano.
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.She received a scholarship and attended Syracuse University as a Theatre Arts major from 1981 to 1983. She discontinued her education at Syracuse during her sophomore year to fulfill her duties as Miss America, and then subsequently left the university to focus on her entertainment career.^ She majored in musical theater at Syracuse University.
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^ She later received a scholarship to the Syracuse University in New York, where she majored in Musical Theater.

^ In 1981, she won a musical theatre scholarship to Syracuse University.
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.Twenty-five years later she graduated from Syracuse by earning her remaining college credits through her life experience with two long running Broadway shows and a Tony Award nomination under her belt.^ She earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and performances on ...
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^ Williams eventually became a platinum-selling recording artist, Tony-nominated Broadway actress, film and Emmy-nominated TV star.
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^ He has starred in film’s like Save The Last Dance , which did over $90 million theatrically in the U.S., and starred on the hit TV show, Moesha , for five years.

.Williams delivered the convocation address on May 10, 2008, with 480 other students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.^ By: Showbiz News and Celebrity Gossip VANESSA WILLIAMS RECEIVES BA FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY 2008-05-12 15:30:00 Vanessa Williams has received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University, nearly 25 years after she dropped out to become the first black Miss America.The 45-year-old actress-singer, who stars in ABC's "Ugly Betty," also delivered the convocation address Saturday to graduates of Syracuse's College of Visual and Performing Arts.She encouraged her fellow graduates to "treasure this moment."
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^ The 45-year-old actress-singer, who stars in ABC's "Ugly Betty," will also deliver the convocation address Saturday to graduates of Syracuse's College of Visual and Performing Arts.
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^ May 6th, 2008 at 7:37 pm thats funny because in allentown, pa there is a community college who boasts “actress and model Vanessa Williams” is a graduate of their college and that she used her “communication degree” from the college to help further her career….
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She stated:
It's been 25 years since I was a student here. .It just brought home what my message was, which is cherish the moment; these days are irreplaceable and are the beginning of the rest of your life.^ "These are my sweetest days.
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^ Catering: “I just hosted an eighteenth birthday/graduation party for my daughter and used Thai at Home by Nisa Lee.
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^ I'll squeeze in the interviews in the middle of the day, and as soon as I'm finished with these, I'll pick up my daughter from school, and my son has a football game later this afternoon.
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Pageants and Miss America title

.Williams began competing in beauty pageants in the early 1980s.^ Pageants and Miss America title: Williams began competing in beauty pageants in the early 1980s.
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^ Vanessa Williams began competing in beauty pageants in the early 1980s.
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^ Vanessa began competing in beauty pageants when she elegance and grace matured.
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.Williams won Miss New York in 1983, and went to the Miss America national pageant in Atlantic City.^ After being crowned Miss New York in 1983, she went on to compete in the 1984 Miss America Pageant.
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^ Titleholder Williams won Miss New York in 1983, and went to the Miss America national pageant in Atlantic City.
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^ Williams won Miss New York in 1983, and went to the Miss America national pageant in Atlantic City.
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.She was crowned Miss America 1984 on September 17, 1983 making her the first-ever Miss America of African American descent.^ First black Miss America .
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^ She made history on September 17, 1983 when she became the first woman of African descent to be crowned Miss America .
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^ Miss America crown in 1984 when it emerged she'd posed for nude pictures.
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[6] .Prior to the final night of competition, Williams won both the Preliminary Talent and Swimsuit Competitions from earlier in the week.^ Prior to the final night of competition, Williams won both the Preliminary Talent and Swimsuit Competitions from earlier in the week.
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^ Before the final night competition she had won the Preliminary Talent and Swimsuit Competitions from earlier in the week.
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^ Miss Williams, 20 years old, of Millwood, N.Y., won preliminary talent and swimming suit competitions earlier in the week.
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.Williams' reign as Miss America was not without its challenges and controversies.^ Williams' reign as Miss America was not without its challenges and controversies.
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^ According to the PBS documentary, "Miss America," the Vanessa Williams issue of Penthouse would ultimately bring Guccione a $14 million windfall.
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^ For the first time in pageant history, a reigning Miss America was the target of death threats and angry racist hate mail.
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.For the first time in pageant history, a reigning Miss America was the target of death threats and hate mail.^ First black Miss America .
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^ For the first time in pageant history, a reigning Miss America was the target of death threats and angry racist hate mail.
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^ That led to her entry in the Miss America pageant.
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.Ten months into her reign as Miss America, she received an anonymous phone call stating that nude photos of her taken by a photographer prior to her pageant days had surfaced.^ Former Miss America 1984, resigned after nude photos surfaced in Penthouse magazine.
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^ It was in the tenth month of her reign when she received an anonymous phone call stating that nude photos of her taken by a photographer prior to her pageant days had been found out and to be released for public.
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^ That led to her entry in the Miss America pageant.
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.Williams believed the photographs were private and had been destroyed; she claims she never signed a release permitting the photos to be used.^ In addition, she insisted that she had never signed a release form for the photographs to be published.
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^ Williams believed the photographs were private and had been destroyed; she claims she never signed a release permitting the photos to be used.
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^ She believed the photographs were private and had been destroyed; she claims she never signed a release permitting the photos to be used.
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.The genesis of the photos dated back to 1982, when she worked as an assistant and makeup artist for Mount Kisco, New York photographer Tom Chiapel.^ The photographs had a history in the times, when she used to work a makeup artist and Photographer.
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^ The genesis of the photos dated back to 1982, when she worked as an assistant and makeup artist for Mount Kisco, N.Y. photographer Tom Chiapel.
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^ The genesis of the photos dated back to 1982, when she worked as an assistant and makeup artist for photographer Tom Chiapel.
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.According to Williams, Chiapel advised her that he wanted to try a "new concept of silhouettes with two models."^ According to Williams, Chiapel advised her that he wanted to try a "new concept of silhouettes with two models."
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^ He asked her to shoot for a new concept of silhouettes with two models.
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^ Mrs Williams has since been honored with two NAACP Image Awards, nine Grammy Award nominations and a number of New York Music Awards.
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.He photographed Williams and another woman in several nude poses, including simulated lesbian sex.^ He photographed Williams and another woman in several nude poses.
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^ Chiapel photographed Williams and another woman in several nude poses.
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^ Nude photos of Williams taken in 1982 with another woman are sold to Penthouse , and Williams is pressured to give up her crown and at least $2 million worth of contracts.
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.Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, was initially offered the photos, but turned them down.^ Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, was initially offered the photos, but turned them down.
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^ Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner turned down a chance to buy the nude photos of Vanessa Williams.
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^ The photographs were offered to the publisher of the Playboy magazine, who refused it on grounds of being not authorized and it would ultimately cause embarrassment to William.
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.Later Hefner would explain why in People Weekly, "Vanessa Williams is a beautiful woman.^ "Vanessa Williams is a beautiful woman.
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^ Later Hefner would explain why in People Weekly .
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^ Why is Vanessa Williams famous?
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.There was never any question of our interest in the photos.^ There was never any question of our interest in the photos.
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^ If you're interested in DVDs, visit our DVD section for reviews, movie photos, trailers, and more.
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.But they clearly weren't authorized and because they would be the source of considerable embarrassment to her, we decided not to publish them.^ "They clearly weren't authorized (by Williams) and because they would be the source of considerable embarrassment to her, we decided not to publish them," Hefner told PEOPLE in 1984.
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^ But they clearly weren't authorized and because they would be the source of considerable embarrassment to her, we decided not to publish them.
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^ The photographs were offered to the publisher of the Playboy magazine, who refused it on grounds of being not authorized and it would ultimately cause embarrassment to William.
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.We were also mindful that she was the first black Miss America."^ First black Miss America .
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^ Black American to be crowned Miss America?
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^ We were also mindful that she was the first black Miss America."
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.Days later, Bob Guccione, the publisher of Penthouse, announced that his magazine would publish the photos in their September 1984 issue, and paid Chiapel for the rights to them without Williams' consent.^ The news came to light when adult magazine Penthouse announced that they would be publishing the photos in their September 1984 issue, without her consent.
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^ Days later, Bob Guccione, the publisher of Penthouse, announced that his magazine would publish the photos in their September 1984 issue, and paid Chiapel for the rights to them without Williams' consent.
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^ After the pictures were published in Penthouse magazine without her consent, Williams was forced to give up her crown to her runner-up.
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.According to the PBS documentary Miss America, Williams' issue of Penthouse would ultimately bring Guccione a $14 million windfall.^ According to the PBS documentary, "Miss America," the Vanessa Williams issue of Penthouse would ultimately bring Guccione a $14 million windfall.
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^ She won the Miss America title but, in 1984, she was forced to relinquish her crown when nude photos of her were published in Penthouse magazine.
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^ The first African-American to win the Miss America title, Williams was forced to give up her crown ten months later when nude photos of her were sold to Penthouse .
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.After days of media frenzy and sponsors threatening to pull out of the upcoming 1985 pageant, Williams felt pressured by Miss America Pageant officials to resign, and did so in a press conference on July 23, 1984. The title subsequently went to the first-runner up, African-American Suzette Charles.^ As a result, she resigned as Miss America.
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^ After several days of media frenzy and sponsors threatening to pull out of the upcoming 1985 pageant, Williams felt pressured by Miss America Pageant officials to resign, and did so in a press conference on July 23, 1984.
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^ Suzette Charles took her place as Miss America.
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.In early September 1984, Williams filed a $500 million lawsuit against Chiapel and Guccione.^ In early September 1984, Vanessa filed an unheralded $500 million lawsuit against Chiapel and Guccione.
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^ According to the PBS documentary, "Miss America," the Vanessa Williams issue of Penthouse would ultimately bring Guccione a $14 million windfall.
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^ Vanessa L. Williams Celebration for Patti LaBelle's One Woman Show - September 11, 1984 New York City 09/11/1984 .
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.According to a Williams family representative, she eventually dropped the suit to avoid further legal battles choosing to move on with her life.^ According to a Williams family representative, she eventually dropped the suit to avoid further legal battles choosing to move on with her life.
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^ According to a Williams's family representative, she dropped the suit at later stages to avoid further legal battles choosing to move on with her life.
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^ Synopsis: The ruthless leader of a New York City drug syndicate battles to maintain his power and avoid imprisonment in this fast-moving action drama.
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.Williams is quoted as saying "the best revenge is success."^ Success is the sweetest revenge.” Vanessa L. Williams .

^ Vanessa Williams says that success is the sweetest revenge .
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^ But at this point, success is the best revenge."
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[citation needed]
Although she resigned from fulfilling the duties of a current Miss America, she was allowed to keep the bejeweled crown and scholarship money and is officially recognized by the Miss America Organization today as "Miss America 1984" and Suzette Charles as "Miss America 1984b."

Music career

.After time out of the spotlight, Williams secured a record deal, and released her debut album, The Right Stuff in 1988. The first single, "The Right Stuff", found major success on the R&B chart while the second single "He's Got the Look" found similar success on the R&B charts.^ The first one I got was for a recording, my album The Right Stuff back in 1988.
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^ Released second and most successful album The Comfort Zone .
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^ Music career: After time out of the spotlight, Williams secured a record deal, and released her debut album, The Right Stuff in 1988.
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.The third single, "Dreamin'", was a pop hit becoming Williams' first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8, and her first number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.^ The first single, "The Right Stuff," was successful on the R&B charts and the third single, "Dreamin'", was a chart success becoming Williams' first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and her first number one single in the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - chart.
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^ The title track was a decent-sized hit, and the ballad "Dreamin'" became Williams' first Top Ten single, going all the way to number one on the R&B charts.
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^ The chart-topping single earned Williams and Knight the Billboard Music Award for Number One Adult Contemporary Single.
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.The album reached gold status in the U.S. and earned her three Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best New Artist.^ The album reached gold status and earned her three Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best New Artist.
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^ The album reached gold status in the US and earned her three Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best New Artist.
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^ The album went three times platinum and earned her four Grammy Award nominations.
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.Her second album The Comfort Zone became the biggest success in her music career.^ In 1991 her second album, The Comfort Zone was released.
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^ Her second album The Comfort Zone became the biggest success in her music career.
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^ Released second and most successful album The Comfort Zone .
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.The lead single Running Back to You reached top twenty on the Hot 100, and the top position of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on October 5, 1991. Other singles included "The Comfort Zone" (#2 R&B), "Just for Tonight" (#26 Pop), a cover of The Isley Brothers' "Work to Do" (#3 R&B), and the club-only hit "Freedom Dance (Get Free!^ Lyrics of the songs from the album The Comfort Zone (1991) By vanessa williams .
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^ Running Back To You lyrics 83.
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^ The lead single "Running Back to You" became another chart topper for her, reaching the top position of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - chart in October 5, 1991.
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)". .The most successful single from the album, as well as her biggest hit to date is "Save the Best for Last". The song was #1 in the United States for five weeks, as well as #1 in Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada and was in the top 5 in Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom.^ The most successful single from the album, as well as her biggest hit to date is "Save the Best for Last".
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^ Save the best for last .
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^ The song was at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks and reached #1 on charts in countries all over the world, including Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada and in the top 5 in Japan and the United Kingdom.
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.The album sold 2.2 million copies in the U.S. at its time of release and has since been certified triple platinum in the United States by the RIAA, gold in Canada by the CRIA, and platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI.^ The album went three times platinum in the United States by the RIAA, gold in Canada by the CRIA, and platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI. The Comfort Zone earned her five Grammy Award nominations.
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^ The album sold 2.2 million copies in the US at its time of release and has since been certified three times platinum in the United States by the RIAA, gold in Canada by the CRIA, and platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI. The Comfort Zone earned Williams five Grammy Award nominations.
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^ Forced to relinquish her Miss America crown in 1984, Vanessa Williams has since rebounded with the hit single "Save The Best For Last", a gold-certified album, The Comfort Zone, and a starring role in the remake of Shaft.
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.The Comfort Zone earned Williams five Grammy Award nominations.^ Williams then launched a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.
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^ The album earned Williams three more Grammy nominations and three American Music Award nominations.
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^ Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.
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.The Sweetest Days, her third album, was released in 1994 to rave reviews.^ Released third successful album, The Sweetest Days .
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^ THE SWEETEST DAYS (1994) song list .
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^ That same year, Williams released her third album, The Sweetest Days.
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.The album saw Williams branch out and sample other styles of music that included jazz, hip hop, rock, and Latin-themed recordings such as "Betcha Never" and "You Can't Run", both written and produced by Babyface.^ Also in 1994, Williams released her third album, The Sweetest Days , which included the hit songs 'Betcha Never' and 'You Can't Run."
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^ Q: Do you have other musical styles you'd like to try?
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^ Both releases will be theme records.

.Other singles from the album included the adult contemporary and dance hit "The Way That You Love" and the title track "The Sweetest Days". The album was certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA and earned her two Grammy Award nominations.^ The way we backstab each other, including vanessa!
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^ The album went three times platinum and earned her four Grammy Award nominations.
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^ He wrote two songs for my Sweetest Days album.
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.Other albums include two Christmas albums, Star Bright, released in 1996, and Silver & Gold in 2004; Next in 1997, and Everlasting Love in 2005, along with a greatest hits compilation released in 1998 and a host of other compilations released over the years.^ Everlasting Love by Vanessa Williams 2005 .
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^ SILVER & GOLD (2004) song list .
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^ She would also release more music including the 1997 album Next.
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.Notable chart performances from subsequent albums, motion picture and television soundtracks have included the songs "Love Is", the Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning "Colors of the Wind", "Where Do We Go From Here", and "Oh How the Years Go By". In total, Williams has sold more than six million records and has received 15 Grammy Award nominations.^ In addition to Vanessa Williams' first two albums, her most notable chart successes have included the songs, "Love Is", "The Sweetest Days", "Colors of the Wind", and "Oh How The Years Go By".
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^ In addition to Williams' first two albums, her most notable chart successes have included the songs "Love Is", "The Sweetest Days", "Colors of the Wind", and "Oh How The Years Go By".
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^ She was nominated for yet another Grammy for her hit single “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s “Pocahontas,” which went on to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe and the Grammy for Best Song in a Motion Picture.
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.In May 2009, she performed two highly successful concerts at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City to sold out crowds.^ I was out on the road for just about all of 2005, I put two albums out, and I did a stint on Broadway, but I've also been there for all of my kids' concerts and recitals.

^ Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Vanessa Williams will perform songs from her new album, ‘The Real Thing,’ at the Tropicana Casino and Resort on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9.
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^ "I've been back to Atlantic City several times over the years to perform, so this is not an unusual situation," Williams says.
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.On June 2, 2009, she released her 8th studio album on Concord Records, titled The Real Thing.^ Official video for Breathless from the 2009 album The Real Thing on Concord Records.
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^ In advance of her concerts on Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, Williams touched briefly on her Miss America reign while discussing her juicy role as the scheming Wilhelmina on "Ugly Betty" and previewing her forthcoming Concord Records debut release, "The Real Thing."
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^ Video Title: " Vanessa williams close to you " Description: " Vanessawilliams.com - here's "close to you" from vanessa williams' new album the real thing.
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.It features songs written and/or produced by Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Bebel Gilberto, and Rex Rideout.^ I believe that some songs you should not change - don’t mess with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Richard Smallwood, or Tramaine.
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^ Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life .
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.The album is " a hybrid of samba, bossa nova, some salsa and also some pop and R&B" says Williams.^ Thanks to Concord Records, we will soon have a variety of new music that touches on jazz, samba, salsa, pop and R&B. Vanessa says the inspiration comes a past role where she played a ballroom dancer.
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^ Music R&B/pop/theatrical singer and actress Vanessa L. Williams picture(s) (pic) and photo gallery, albums covers pictures.
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^ Williams' debut album, The Right Stuff, was released in 1988, featuring a mix of urban dance-pop and adult contemporary balladry.
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.Williams confirmed on September 26, 2009 that she will start to record her ninth studio album in January of 2010 and she also stated that it is due for a Late Summer/Early Fall, 2010 release.^ 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.
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^ Not many people haven't heard of multi-platinum Vanessa Williams, although her spotlight dimmed in the late '90s and early part of the 21st century.
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^ Music Career Is Still On Track 2007-10-09 23:10:00 Ugly Betty actress Vanessa Williams has not turned her back on her music career - she’s planning to release her ninth studio album in early 2008.
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.It is going to be a pop and R&B album similar to the sound of her 2005 album, Everlasting Love.^ Everlasting Love by Vanessa Williams 2005 .
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^ Lyrics of the songs from the album EVERLASTING LOVE (2005) By vanessa williams .
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^ EVERLASTING LOVE (2005) song list .
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Acting career

Theatrical roles

.Williams parlayed her ascendant music career into a theatrical role when she was cast in the Broadway production of Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1994. She was also featured in the Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award nominated performance as the Witch in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods in a revival of the show in 2002, which included songs revised for her.^ A big breakthrough for Williams came in 1994, when she landed the title role in the Broadway production of Kiss of the Spider Woman .
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^ In 2002, she received Tony nods for her role in another Broadway production, Into the Woods .
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^ She kept her high school promise and preformed on Broadway in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
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Other notable theatrical roles include her performances in Carmen Jones at the Kennedy Center, the off-Broadway productions of One Man Band and Checkmates, and the New York City Center's Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, St. Louis Woman.
.In 2010, Williams is tapped to star in a new Broadway musical along with Barbara Cook, Michael Arden and Leslie Kritzer entitled, "Sondheim on Sondheim", a look at Stephen Sondheim through his music, film and videotaped interviews.^ Rate news: +0 Playbill - Sondheim on Sondheim, a new Broadway musical starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Michael Arden and Leslie Kritzer, will premiere at Broadway's Studio 54 in spring 2010 in a production directed and conceived by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
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^ Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in the upstate New York town of Millwood to parents who were both music teachers.
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^ Acting career: Theatrical roles: Williams parlayed her ascendant music career into a theatrical role when she was cast in the Broadway production of Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1994.
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.Directed by James Lapine, "Sondheim" will run from March 19 to June 13 at Studio 54 in New York City.^ On March 19, "Sondheim on Sondheim" begins previews at Studio 54 .
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^ Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in the upstate New York town of Millwood to parents who were both music teachers.
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^ Rate news: +0 Playbill - Sondheim on Sondheim, a new Broadway musical starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Michael Arden and Leslie Kritzer, will premiere at Broadway's Studio 54 in spring 2010 in a production directed and conceived by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
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Feature film roles

.Williams has appeared in several feature films.^ Feature film roles: Williams has appeared in several feature films.
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^ Williams made her feature film debut in The Pick-Up Artist (1987) and went on to forge a steady career as an actress.
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^ Williams also returned to acting, making her feature film debut with a small role in The Pickup Artist in 1987; the same year, she married her manager, Ramon Harvey.
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.Her most prominent role was in the 1997 film Soul Food, for which she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.^ Later titles include "Eraser" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and "Soul Food" (1997) for which she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
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^ Her most prominent role was in the film Soul Food (1997), for which she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
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^ She starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Warner Bros.’ action thriller, “Eraser,” followed by a leading role opposite Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia in “Hoodlum” and an NAACP Image Award winning performance with the box-office hit, “Soul Food.” She has starred in the romantic dance-musical “Dance With Me,” “Light It Up,” “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland” and “Shaft,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson.
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.Williams appeared in the 1991 cult classic film Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.^ Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) .
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^ Mostly noted is the cult classic "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man".
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^ Vanessa appeared in the 1991 cult classic film Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.
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.She also co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Eraser and opposite Chayanne in Dance with Me.^ She also co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Eraser and opposite Latin sensation Chayanne in Dance with Me.
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^ Notable subsequent film roles include one co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser (1996) and the part of a career-obsessed wife in Soul Food (1997).
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^ Other films include: - Eraser, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - Hoodlum, opposite Laurence Fishburne - Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (as the Queen of Trash) - Dance With Me, a dance-themed movie co-starring Chayanne - Shaft, opposite Samuel L. Jackson.
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.In 2007, Williams returned to the big screen starring in two independent motion pictures.^ In 2007, Vanessa returned to the big screen starring in two independent motion pictures.
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^ From a new hit TV show to the big screen, Vanessa Williams is one of the busiest and most versatile performers today.
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^ Mary-Kate has continued to act, guest-starring in "Weeds," but Ashley seems to be avoiding the big and small screens.
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.The first being My Brother, for which she won Best Actress honors at the Harlem International Film Festival, the African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival and at the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Festival, and the second being And Then Came Love. In 2009, she starred alongside Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana: The Movie.^ I walked into the room and the first thing Lori said was “you won’t be able to see him because he is in the NICU” and my heart fell.

^ I love being a part of a night where we’re celebrating women and such strong women.” .
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^ In 1984, she became the first woman of African American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal caused her to relinquish her title.
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Television

.Williams' first television appearance was on a 1984 episode of The Love Boat, playing herself.^ Television: Williams' first television appearance was on a 1984 episode of The Love Boat, playing herself.
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^ Would Williams have allowed herself to play second fiddle to Arnold in "Eraser"?
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^ In her first TV movie, dethroned Miss America Vanessa Williams plays a hooker who specializes in S & M. She videotapes her kinky sexual  Read More .
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.She subsequently made guest appearances on a number of shows, including T.J. Hooker, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, LateLine, MADtv, Ally McBeal and Boomtown.^ Saturday Night Live (1) .
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^ Saturday Night Live: Woody Harrelson [2] .
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^ After Saturday night's show, I rushed back home to spend Mother's Day with my children and my mom, who also enjoyed the weekend with us in Atlantic City.
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.She has had many appearances in television movies and miniseries, including Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer and The Jacksons: An American Dream as Suzanne de Passe.^ Over the next few years, Williams would appear in films like Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man , as well as television movies like "Stompin' At the Savoy" and "The Jacksons: An American Story."
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^ In 1992, she starred as Suzanne de Passe, who discovered The Jackson 5, in the TV miniseries "Jacksons: An American Dream" In 1994, she made her Broadway debut in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," replacing Chita Rivera.
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^ Vanessa has also played diverse roles on television, in such productions as “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “The Boy Who Loved Christmas” and “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” for which she won an NAACP Image Award.
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.She played the nymph Calypso in the 1997 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries The Odyssey, starring Armand Assante.^ She played the nymph Calypso in the 1997 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries The Odyssey, starring Armand Assante.
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^ She played the nymph Calypso in the 1997 Hallmark Entertainment mini-series The Odyssey, starring Armand Assante.
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.She appeared as Ebony Scrooge the Ebenezer Scrooge character in an update of Charles Dickens' story A Christmas Carol called A Diva's Christmas Carol.^ Starring: Timothy Hutton ,  Vanessa Williams , ( more ) A Diva's Christmas Carol 2000     Add A Diva's Christmas Carol to Queue Add A Diva's Christmas Carol to top of Queue "Christmas Can Be Such a Bitch" was the tasteful advertising tag line for this updated and revised TV-movie adaptation of Dickens' oft-filmed fable A Christmas Carol.
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^ A Diva's Christmas Carol .
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^ No better or worse than any other "improved" version of the Dickens original, A Diva's Christmas Carol was filmed in Montréal and telecast over VH1 on December 13, 2000.
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.In 2001, Williams starred in the Lifetime cable movie about the life of Henriette DeLille, The Courage to Love.^ In 2001, Williams starred in the Lifetime cable movie about the life of Henriette DeLille, The Courage to Love.
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^ The "Melrose Place" actress went on to appear in the TV series "Soul Food," which was based on the movie of the same name and starred the other Vanessa Williams.
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^ Synopsis: Vanessa L. Williams stars in this made-for-TV drama as Henriette Delille, a woman born in New Orleans before the abolition of slavery.
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.In early 2006 she starred in the short lived UPN drama South Beach.^ In early 2006 she starred in the short lived UPN drama South Beach.
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^ Focusing on her career, Williams returned to television appearing on the short-lived UPN series "South Beach" (2006) before landing the role of conniving fashion magazine editor, Wilhelmina Slater, on the surprise hit series, "Ugly Betty."
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^ She co-starred in the Showtime movie “Keep the Faith, Baby”and the UPN drama, “South Beach.” She currently stars on ABC’s new hit series, “Ugly Betty,” which won the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series, Comedy.
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.In 2007, Williams received considerable media attention for her comic/villainess role as former magazine creative director turned editor-in-chief Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty, Her performance on the series resulted in a nomination for outstanding supporting actress at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.^ Ugly Betty (Wilhelmina Slater) 2000.
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^ Williams' resignation received enormous media attention.
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^ Cast in "Ugly Betty" (ABC) as Wilhelmina Slater, the conniving editorial director; earned an Emmy (2007, 2008, 2009) nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a SAG (2008) nomination for Best Actress .
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.She also provides the voice for the main character in the PBS Kids version of Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies.^ Provided the voice for the main character in the PBS Kids version of "Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies" .
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^ On to other news, I received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for the series I did for PBS called Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies (the series was also nominated for Outstanding Pre-School Chidlren's Series).
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^ The main reason being that I own several versions of "A Christmas Carol" and I find that this is the ONLY one that allows characters to act like real people.
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.In 2008 & 2009, she was again nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for Ugly Betty.^ The 45-year-old Ugly Betty actress is up for Best Supporting actress in a comedy.
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^ Vanessa Williams is also known for her role of Wilhelmina Slater on the hit TV series: Ugly Betty which has been renewed by ABC for a fourth season, and will air on Friday nights at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central starting Friday October 9, 2009.
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^ Music Career Is Still On Track 2007-10-09 23:10:00 Ugly Betty actress Vanessa Williams has not turned her back on her music career - she’s planning to release her ninth studio album in early 2008.
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Other media appearances

.Williams has appeared in advertisements for RadioShack.^ Other media appearances: * She has appeared in advertisements for RadioShack.
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.She is a spokesmodel for Proactiv Solution, and was the first African American spokesmodel for L'Oréal cosmetics in the late 1990s.^ Did you know that Vanessa, who currently plays Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, was the first-ever African American Miss America?
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^ She was crowned Miss America 1984 on September 17, 1983 making her the first-ever African-American Miss America.
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^ She began entering beauty contests in 1984, eventually winning Miss New York and then becoming the first African-American Miss America.

.Her other media appearances include endorsing Crest Rejuvenating Effects Toothpaste, endorsing Disneyland and Universal Studios in a VisitCalifornia advert for the UK and Ireland 2008, and hosting the 6th Annual 2008 TV Land Awards show.^ TV Land Awards 2008 .
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^ The 6th Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals Santa Monica 06/08/2008 .
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^ Vanessa L. Williams 6th Annual Soul Train Awards Los Angeles 03/10/1992 .
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.She appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2000 as a contestant, and once again on 10 August 2009 as a celebrity guest during the show's 10th anniversary prime-time special editions, winning $50,000 for her charity.^ August 25, 2009 - 1:26 pm Lori Simpson Crawford - We want you to know how much we will forever cherish these pictures you have captured!

^ August 11, 2009 - 10:47 am Nora - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful young lady!

^ I want to thank all of you who voted for me and I appreciate you taking time out to go and vote for me.

Name conflict

.Vanessa L. Williams is most often referenced and publicly recognized simply as "Vanessa Williams". There is, however, occasional confusion with similarly named actress Vanessa A. Williams, who first came to national notice in 1992, when she appeared in the first season of Melrose Place.^ Often confused with actress Vanessa Williams .
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^ Not to be confused with the actress Vanessa Williams from "Candyman" (1992), "Melrose Place" and the TV version of "Soul Food" .
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^ Party 1 personal name: Vanessa Williams Names: Vanessa Williams d.b.a.
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.It is reported that Williams (VLW) first became aware of Vanessa A. Williams (VAW) in the 1980s when her New York University registrar told her that another, similarly aged girl with the same name and from the same state had applied.^ Find where Vanessa Williams is credited alongside another name Vanessa Williams & .
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^ Names: Vanessa Cora Williams 1956- .
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^ Birth name: Vanessa Lynn Williams.
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[11][12] .When VLW appeared as Miss America in a Macy's Day Parade, VAW accidentally received her cheque for the appearance (which she returned).^ When VLW appeared as Miss America in a Macy's Day Parade, VAW accidentally received her check for the appearance (which she returned).
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^ Ten months into her reign as Miss America, she received an anonymous phone call stating that nude photos of her taken by a photographer prior to her pageant days had surfaced.
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^ When I was Miss America, I did the Macy's Day parade in '83 and they sent my AFTRA check to her in Brooklyn.
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[11]
.In the area of acting, the two ran into name conflict when Screen Actors Guild rules prohibited duplicate stage naming.^ In the area of acting, the two ran into name conflict when Screen Actors Guild rules prohibited duplicate stage naming.
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^ VLW says the Screen Actors Guild eventually took the issue to arbitration and decided that both actresses could use the stage name "Vanessa Williams."
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^ Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals 01/28/2007 - Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, California, United States .
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.VAW had registered the name "Vanessa Williams" first,[11] so as a compromise, VLW was occasionally credited as "Vanessa L. Williams" in acting credits.^ Birth name: Vanessa Lynn Williams.
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^ VAW had registered the name "Vanessa Williams" first so as a compromise, VLW was occasionally credited as "Vanessa L. Williams" in acting credits.
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^ VAW had registered the name "Vanessa Williams" first, so as a compromise, VLW was occasionally credited as "Vanessa L. Williams" in acting credits.
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.To compound the confusion, both actresses starred in versions of the drama Soul Food (VLW in the film version, and VAW in its TV series adaptation).^ Not to be confused with the actress Vanessa Williams from "Candyman" (1992), "Melrose Place" and the TV version of "Soul Food" .
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^ Both actresses starred in versions of the drama Soul Food (VLW in the film version, and VAW in its TV series adaptation).
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^ Film Williams was prominently featured in Soul Food, for which she won the Best Actress award at the NAACP Image Awards.
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.The Screen Actors Guild eventually took the issue to arbitration and decided that both actresses could use the professional name "Vanessa Williams".[12] Today the stage name "Vanessa Williams" has widely come to be solely attributable to VLW. She is credited as such in the American television series Ugly Betty, and as owner of the internet domain name vanessawilliams.com.^ Often confused with actress Vanessa Williams .
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^ VLW says the Screen Actors Guild eventually took the issue to arbitration and decided that both actresses could use the stage name "Vanessa Williams."
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^ Vanessa is often confused with "Ugly Betty" star Vanessa L. Williams.
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To differentiate, VAW is most often publicly and professionally referenced as "Vanessa A. Williams".
.In a 1997 interview with Playboy magazine, VLW claims VAW made a "catty remark" about her when VAW appeared in a Broadway play.^ In a 1997 interview with Playboy magazine, VLW claims VAW made a "catty remark" about her when VAW appeared in a Broadway play.
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^ When VLW appeared as Miss America in a Macy's Day Parade, VAW accidentally received her check for the appearance (which she returned).
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^ A year later, VLW told Canoe.ca: "She registered the name first but I made the name famous so I have more claim to it these days."
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[13] A year later, VLW told Canoe.ca: "(The other Vanessa Williams) registered the name first, but I made the name famous so I have more claim to it these days".[11]
.There is also a third singer named Vanessa Williams, a gospel vocalist.^ Vanessa Williams [Gospel] lyrics .
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^ Party 1 personal name: Vanessa Williams Names: Vanessa Williams d.b.a.
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^ Vanessa Williams is an American actress and singer.
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Personal life

Williams is Roman Catholic.[14] She has been married twice. .Her first marriage, to her then-manager Ramon Hervey II, was from 1987 to 1997. They have three children: Melanie (born 1987), Jillian (born 1989), and Devin (born 1993).^ They have three children: Melanie (born 1987), Jillian (born 1989), and Devin (born 1993).
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^ Devin (born in 1993; father: Ramon Hervey) .
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^ She got married to her manager Ramon Hervey II, was from 1987 to 1997.
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.Her second marriage was to former NBA basketball player Rick Fox.^ Her second marriage was to former NBA basketball player Rick Fox.
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^ In 1998 she met basketball player Rick Fox.
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^ Vanessa and former NBA player Rick got divorced back in ?04.
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.They married in September 1999 and have a daughter, Sasha Gabriella (born May 2000).^ Sasha Gabriella will turn 8 on May, 1st.
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^ They married in September 1999 and have a daughter, Sasha Gabriella (born May 2000).
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^ Daughter, Sasha Gabriella Fox, born 1 May 2000 in NYC. .
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.After The National Enquirer published pictures of Fox kissing and hugging another woman in mid-2004, Fox's representative announced that the couple had been "headed toward divorce" for over a year.^ After The National Enquirer published pictures of Fox kissing another woman in mid-2004, Fox's representative announced that the couple had been "headed toward divorce" for over a year.
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^ Years later, Vanessa's trust would be betrayed and those same pictures would be sold over to Penthouse magazine who published them.
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^ If you dont see it then i believe that you will believe any story from National Enquirer to the corner store crack head.....LOL .
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[15] .A few months later in August 2004, Fox filed for divorce.^ After The National Enquirer published pictures of Fox kissing another woman in mid-2004, Fox's representative announced that the couple had been "headed toward divorce" for over a year.
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^ News for 8/11/2004 Rick Fox Files for Divorce From Williams LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox has filed for divorce from singer-actress Vanessa Williams.

[16] .Williams is currently single and resides in Chappaqua, New York.^ Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in the upstate New York town of Millwood to parents who were both music teachers.
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^ Helen and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr Williams and her younger brother Chris, who is also an actor, grew up in the suburbs of Millwood, New York..
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^ Vanessa Williams was born in Millwood, New York, Her parents being both music teachers, encouraged a career in the music industry.
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.During an interview with Barbara Walters which aired on February 24, 2008, Williams not only admitted to using Botox but also called it "a miracle drug, no cutting, nothing, and I love it.^ February 26th, 2009 Peter D My guess is Wilhelmina played by Vanessa Williams loves Estella.
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^ Even though most actresses are shy about admitting they've used Botox, you've been very open about it.
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^ Oscar Special: “I certainly do Botox, which I definitely think that almost every woman that I know has imbibed,” “And it’s a miracle drug ...
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.But I also want to act so I don't do it to freeze my face."^ I don't want my daughter growing up feeling spied on or threatened."
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^ As the world seems to know or for those who don’t I want to speak about my recently dubbed “outburst” and how I feel.
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Discography

Filmography

Motion pictures

Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Pick-Up Artist Rae, Girl with Dog
1991 Another You Gloria .Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor's final film pairing.^ Synopsis: When con man Eddie Dash ( Richard Pryor ) is released from prison he's told to fulfill the required 100 hours of community service as the bodyguard/escort of a recently released mental patient ( Gene Wilder ).
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^ Actors: Richard Pryor , Gene Wilder , Mercedes Ruehl , Stephen Lang .
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1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Lulu Daniels
1996 Eraser Dr. Lee Cullen Nominated for Blockbuster Entertainment Award
1997 Hoodlum Francine Hughes
1997 Soul Food Teri Won Image Award, Nominated for American Black Film Festival Black Film Award
1998 Dance with Me Ruby Sinclair Nominated for ALMA Award, also starring Chayanne as Rafael Infante
1999 The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Queen of Trash
1999 Light It Up Detective Audrey McDonald Nominated for Image Award
2000 Shaft Carmen Vasquez Nominated for Image Award
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Dorothy Johnson Nominated for BET Award for Comedy
2007 My Brother L'Tisha Morton Won Best Actress honors at the Harlem International Film Festival, the African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival and at the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Festival
2007 And Then Came Love Julie Davidson Co-star Eartha Kitt's final film
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Vita, Hannah's Publicist

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Under the Gun Samantha Richards <span class="wikiEditor-tab"></span>
1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Valantine
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas Lynette
1990 Perry Mason and The Case of the Silenced Singer Terri Knight
1992 The Jacksons - An American Dream Suzanne de Passe
1992 Stompin´ at the Savoy Pauline
1995 Nothing Lasts Forever Kat Hunter
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child - Beauty and the Beast Animated; Voice
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Rose Alvarez
1997 The Odyssey Calypso
1998 FutureSport Alex Torres
2000 The Courage To Love Henriette Delille
2000 Don Quixote Dulcinea/Aldonza
2000 A Diva´s Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge
2001 WW3 M.J. Blake
2001 Santa Baby Alicia Animated; Voice
2002 Keep the Faith, Baby Hazel Scott
2004 Beck and Call Zoe
2006 South Beach Elizabeth Bauer One Season
2006 -
2010[18]
Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater Main character
2007 -
Present
Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies Mama Animated; Voice

Guest appearances

Year Title
1984 Love Boat <span class="wikiEditor-tab"></span> <span class="wikiEditor-tab"></span>
1984 Partners in Crime
1986 T.J. Hooker
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1999 LateLine
1999 L.A. Doctors
2002 Ally McBeal
2003 Boomtown

Plays and musicals

Year Title
1985 One Man Band <span class="wikiEditor-tab"></span>
1989 Checkmates <span class="wikiEditor-tab"></span>
1994 -
1995
Kiss of the Spider Woman
1998 St. Louis Woman
2000 A Diva's Christmas Carol
2002 Carmen Jones
2002 Into the Woods
2010 Sondheim on Sondheim

Awards and accolades

Grammy Awards history

Year Category Track/Album Result
1989 Best New Artist "The Right Stuff" Nominated
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance "The Right Stuff" Nominated
1991 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance "Dreamin'" Nominated
1992 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance "Runnin' Back to You" Nominated
1993 Record of the Year "Save the Best for Last" Nominated
Song of the Year "Save the Best for Last" Nominated
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Save the Best for Last" Nominated
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance "The Comfort Zone" Nominated
Best Group Pop Vocal Performance "Love Is" Nominated
1995 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Colors Of The Wind" Nominated
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance "The Way That You Love" Nominated
Best R&B Song "You Can't Run" Nominated
Best Musical Show Album "Kiss Of The Spider Woman" Nominated - as part of cast
1996 Best Song written for a Motion Picture "Colors Of The Wind" Winner - awarded to the writers of the song
1997 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album "Star Bright" Nominated
2002 Best Musical Show Album "Into The Woods" Nominated - as part of cast

Other awards/nominations

Year Award Body Category Awarded For Result
1983 Miss America N/A N/A Winner
1989 NAACP Image Award Outstanding New Artist "The Right Stuff" Winner
1993 American Music Award Favorite Female Artist - Pop / Rock "The Comfort Zone" Nominated
Favorite Female Artist - Soul / R&B "The Comfort Zone" Nominated
Favorite Album - Adult Contemporary "The Comfort Zone" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video "Save the Best for Last" Nominated
Best Cinematography "Runnin' Back To You" Nominated
Billboard Music Award No. 1 Adult Contemporary Single "Love Is" Winner
Playboy Magazine Best Female R&B Vocalist. "The Comfort Zone" Winner
1994 Theatre World Award Best Debut Performance "Kiss Of The Spider Woman" Winner
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Female Artist "The Sweetest Days" Winner
Soul Train Music Award[19] Best R&B Single by Group, Band or Duo "Love Is" Nominated
1995 Academy Award Best Original Song "Colors Of The Wind" Winner (Awarded to Writers)
1996 Soul Train Music Award "Lady of Soul" Award Career Achievement Winner
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Female Artist "Where Do We Go From Here" Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress - Action Eraser Nominated
1997 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Soul Food Winner
Outstanding Album "Next" Nominated
Outstanding Actress in Mini-Series The Odyssey Nominated
Online Television Academy Awards Best Guest Actress - Syndicated Series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Nominated
Black Film Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Soul Food Nominated
1999 ALMA Award Best Song from A Movie "You Are My Home" Nominated
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress - Action Shaft Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Light It Up Nominated
2001 Shaft Nominated
Drama League Award Most Distinguished Performance Into the Woods Nominated
2002 Satellite Awards Best Actress - Miniseries or Movie Keep the Faith, Baby Winner
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in Mini-Series Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
Tony Award Best Performance By a Leading Actress In a Musical Into The Woods Nominated
2004 BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Box Office Movie Johnson Family Vacation Nominated
2006 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series Ugly Betty Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Performance - Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Winner
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Winner
Hollywood Walk of Fame Recording Career Achievement Awarded
2008 Human Rights Campaign "Ally For Equality" Award Humanitarian Work Awarded
Jacobi Children's Arts Award "Humanitarian/Charitable" Awarded
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series Ugly Betty Winner
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Performance - Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Performance - Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Winner
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Ugly Betty Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series Nominated
2010 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Jazz Album The Real Thing Nominated

See also

References

External links

Preceded by
Debra Maffett
Miss America
1984
Succeeded by
Suzette Charles

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