44 Facts About Vanessa Williams

1. In 2001 Vanessa Williams became involved in an animated television series, Heavy Gear: The Animated Series, providing the voice of Sonja Briggs.

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2. In 2000 Vanessa Williams became involved with the Showtime Original television drama, Soul Food.

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3. In 2007, Vanessa Williams landed a role alongside actor and comedian Eddie Murphy in "Nowhereland", a film about an overworked executive who retreats into a fantasy world created by his young daughter.

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4. In 2001, Vanessa Williams became involved in an animated television series, Heavy Gear: The Animated Series, providing the voice of Sonja Briggs.

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5. Vanessa Williams added, "It's by Black people, about Black people, and written by Black people….

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6. In 2000, Vanessa Williams became involved with the Showtime Original television drama, Soul Food.

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7. Vanessa Williams was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her work on the show, but her character was written out after only one season.

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8. Vanessa Williams played the part of aerobics instructor Rhonda Blair for the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

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9. Vanessa Williams was born on May 12, 1969, in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York.

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10. Vanessa Williams is best known for her roles on television shows such as Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives.

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11. Vanessa Williams is an American singer, actress, producer and former fashion model who became the first African-American woman crowned Miss America in 1983, but resigned after nude photos surfaced in Penthouse magazine.

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12. In 1984 Vanessa Williams made history as the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America.

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13. Vanessa Williams told People that she knows some Americans will always remember the Penthouse pictures, and she knows she will have to explain them to her children some day.

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14. In 2005 Vanessa Williams released an album, Everlasting Love, on Lava Records, which featured reinterpretations of modern romantic classics.

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15. In 2003 Vanessa Williams signed to appear in ten episodes of NBC's police drama Boomtown.

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16. Vanessa Williams was offered roles in the mainstream, if not blockbuster, films Another You and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, and made appearances in the television productions Stompin' at the Savoy and The Jacksons: An American Dream.

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17. Vanessa Williams supported the effort by appearing in high-energy music videos and touring the United States and Europe.

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18. Vanessa Williams was forced to deny in print that she was a lesbian.

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19. Vanessa Williams confided in People: "I feel as if I were just a sacrificial lamb.

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20. Vanessa Williams told a People correspondent that she knows some Americans will always remember the Penthouse pictures, and she knows she will have to explain them to her children some day.

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21. Vanessa Williams helped to make the work a hit by appearing in high-energy music videos and by touring the United States and Europe for live shows.

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22. Vanessa Williams had to deny in print that she was a lesbian.

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23. Vanessa Williams embarked on a hectic tour in keeping with her duties as Miss America.

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24. Vanessa Williams was born on March 18, 1963, in the Bronx, New York.

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25. Vanessa Williams made her feature film debut in The Pick-Up Artist and went on to forge a steady career as an actress.

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26. In 1983, Vanessa Williams made history when she was the first black woman to be chosen Miss America.

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27. Vanessa Williams continued her journey of success and released her second studio album, The Comfort Zone in 1991 which eventually became the biggest success in her music career.

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28. Vanessa Williams is most often known and publicly recognized simply as "Vanessa Williams".

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29. Vanessa Williams is the owner of the internet domain name vanessawilliams.

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30. In 2009, Vanessa Williams released her eighth studio album, The Real Thing.

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31. Vanessa Williams released her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988, which spawned the hits "The Right Stuff".

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32. In 1991, Vanessa Williams released her second album, The Comfort Zone.

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33. In 1983, Vanessa Williams made history when she was crowned the first African-American Miss America.

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34. Vanessa Williams is the recipient of many awards and nominations including Grammy nominations for hits such as "The Right Stuff", "Save the Best for Last", and "Colors of the Wind".

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35. In 2018, Vanessa Williams returned as a spokesmodel for L'Oreal as part of their 'Age perfect' campaign alongside fellow ambassadors Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore and Jane Fonda.

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36. Vanessa Williams is a spokesmodel for Proactiv Solution, and was the first African-American spokesmodel for L'Oreal cosmetics in the 1990s.

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37. In 2010, Vanessa Williams starred in a new Broadway musical revue entitled Sondheim on Sondheim, a look at Stephen Sondheim through his music, film and videotaped interviews.

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38. Vanessa Williams began her career on stage in the 1985 production, One Man Band, as one of "the women.

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39. Vanessa Williams was pressured to relinquish her title, and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey 1983, Suzette Charles.

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40. Vanessa Williams was the first African American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983.

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41. Vanessa Williams is most often referenced and publicly recognized simply as "Vanessa Williams".

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42. Vanessa Williams was baptized at Our Lady of Grace Church in the Bronx.

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43. Vanessa Williams was raised Roman Catholic, the religion of her father.

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44. Vanessa Williams rebounded from the scandal with a successful career as a singer and actress.

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