Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams is a singer, actress and the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, in 1983. Though Williams famously lost her crown as a result of a nude picture scandal, she rebounded by focusing on music. Her 1988 debut album, The Right Stuff, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. She went on to star in the Broadway production of Kiss of the Spider Woman. Outside of stage and film, she has been successful as a TV actor, playing neighbor Renee Perry on Desperate Housewives and receiving three Emmy nominations for her work on the ABC comedy Ugly Betty.

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Vanessa Williams Engaged to Jim Skrip

Actress announced her big news on The Queen Latifah Show.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 17, 1983

At age 20, Vanessa Williams became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss America when she won the title on Sept. 17, 1983.

When Artists Unite: Classic Music Ensembles

Artists across genres have come together for good causes.

Vanessa Williams Owes $370,000 in Back Taxes

Actress is the latest target of the IRS.

Nine Celebrities Who Survived Childhood Sexual Abuse

Vanessa Williams, Oprah Winfrey and more stars reveal that they survived sexual abuse.

Small Screen Stories: Films Made Into Television Shows

Big screen hits that were reinvented for TV.
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