Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams (came to life March 18, 1963), recognized professionally as Vanessa L. Williams or Vanessa Williams, is an American singer, performer, producer and former fashion-model. In 1983, she became the initial African American girl crowned Miss America, but a scandal originated when Penthouse magazine purchased and printed nude photos of her. She relinquished her title early and was succeeded by the very first runner up, Suzette Charles of Nj. Williams rallied by starting a lifetime career as an entertainer, making multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. She is potentially the most effective Miss America victor in the specialty amusement.

Williams launched her debut record The Correct Stuff in 1988, which spawned the successesThe Correct Stuff;, a No. 1 on Popular Dance Tunes, andDreamin’; a No. 1 on R & B and No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100. Her 2nd studio album The Rut in 1991 topped the Billboard R&B Record Graph, which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number one hitConserve the Top for Last;. In 1994 she debuted on Broadway in the musical Kiss of the Spider-Woman. In 1995 she recorded Colours of the Wind, the Oscar-winner for Best Original Track in the Disney animated feature-film Pocahontas, which attained No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Williams’s first leading movie role was as the feminine lead in the movie Eraser in 1996. She also starred in the films Soul Foods, Dance with Me, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Shaft and Johnson Vacation. From 2006 to 2010, she performed the part of the scheming, self absorbed diva and former super model Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC comedy show Ugly Betty, that she obtained three Emmy Awards nominations. In 2009, Williams launched her eighth studio album, The Genuine Thing. From 2010 to 2012, she starred in Desperate Housewives as spoiled wealthy girl Renee Perry. She starred in the supernatural drama show 666 Park Avenue in the year 2012.

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