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      Vanessa Williams

      Vanessa Williams

      Highest Rated: 92% When Marnie Was There (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 5% Another You (1991)

      Birthday: Mar 18, 1963

      Birthplace: Tarrytown, New York, USA

      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, 2004-12), once again proving that Williams was capable of translating her talents to just about any medium.

      Highest rated movies

      Soul Food
      The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
      Shaft
      The Pick-Up Artist
      Miss Virginia
      Dance With Me
      The Man From Earth: Holocene
      Hannah Montana: The Movie

      Photos

      Vanessa L. Williams at arrivals for SEVEN POUNDS Premiere, Mann''s Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, December 16, 2008. Photo by: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams, Will Smith, Yennifer Behrens at arrivals for Premiere of SEVEN POUNDS, Mann''s Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, December 16, 2008. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams at arrivals for Entertainment Weekly & ABC-TV Network Upfronts VIP Cocktail Party, PH-D at Dream Downtown, New York, NY May 15, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams at arrivals for VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night Concert, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY December 2, 2016. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Vanessa L. Williams at arrivals for SEVEN POUNDS Premiere, Mann''s Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, December 16, 2008. Photo by: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams at arrivals for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 EMMYS - Part 2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams at arrivals for ARRIVALS - The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, September 16, 2007. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams at arrivals for 43rd NAACP Image Awards - ARRIVALS, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA February 17, 2012. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams at arrivals for 43rd NAACP Image Awards - ARRIVALS, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA February 17, 2012. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Vanessa Williams and Sasha Fox at arrivals for DOLPHIN TALE Premiere, Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2011. Photo By: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Vanessa L. Williams at arrivals for DOLPHIN TALE Premiere, Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2011. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection HOODLUM, Laurence Fishburne, Vanessa L. Williams, 1997, (c)MGM ERASER, Vanessa Williams, 1996, (c) Warner Brothers 666 Park Avenue, Tessa Thompson (L), Vanessa Williams (R), 'The Comfort of Death', Season 1, Ep. #10, 06/22/2013, ©ABC HOODLUM, Vanessa L. Williams, Laurence Fishburne, 1997, (c)MGM 666 Park Avenue, Tessa Thompson (L), Vanessa Williams (R), 'The Comfort of Death', Season 1, Ep. #10, 06/22/2013, ©ABC 666 Park Avenue, Tessa Thompson (L), Vanessa Williams (R), 'The Comfort of Death', Season 1, Ep. #10, 06/22/2013, ©ABC 666 Park Avenue, Tessa Thompson (L), Vanessa Williams (R), 'The Comfort of Death', Season 1, Ep. #10, 06/22/2013, ©ABC HOODLUM, Vanessa L. Williams, 1997, (c)MGM TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION, (aka TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR), from left: Kim Kardashian, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, 2013. ph: KC Bailey/©Lionsgate

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 89% Tripped Up Patricia Chamberlain (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field Self - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet There She Is Self - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams Unknown (Character) - 2020
      53% 96% Miss Virginia Sally Rae (Character) - 2019
      83% 70% Batman: Hush Amanda Waller (Voice) - 2019
      No Score Yet 36% Legend of Hallowaiian Fire Goddess (Voice) - 2018
      88% 70% Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Amanda Waller (Voice) - 2018
      50% 55% The Man From Earth: Holocene Carolyn (Character) $5.5K 2017
      92% 88% When Marnie Was There Hisako (Voice) $314.3K 2014
      No Score Yet 59% The Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic Narrator - 2014
      No Score Yet 82% Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Janice (Character) $52.0M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Delhi Safari Begam (Voice) - 2012
      43% 67% Hannah Montana: The Movie Vita (Character) $79.6M 2009
      17% 32% And Then Came Love Julie (Character) - 2007
      30% 65% My Brother L'Tisha Morton (Character) $28.6K 2006
      6% 44% Johnson Family Vacation Dorothy Johnson (Character) $31.2M 2004
      No Score Yet 80% Keep the Faith, Baby Hazel Scott (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 36% WW3 M.J. Blake (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Santa, Baby! Alicia (Voice) - 2001
      No Score Yet 58% The Courage to Love Mother Henriette Delille (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2000
      No Score Yet 59% A Diva's Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge (Character) - 2000
      67% 41% Shaft Carmen Vasquez (Character) $70.3M 2000
      No Score Yet 37% Don Quixote Dulcinea / Aldonza (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Quijote Unknown (Character) - 2000
      39% 75% Light It Up Audrey McDonald (Character) $5.9M 1999
      77% 64% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Queen of Trash (Character) $11.6M 1999
      51% 67% Dance With Me Ruby Sinclair (Character) $15.9M 1998
      No Score Yet 23% Futuresport Alex Torres (Character) - 1998
      43% 65% Hoodlum Francine Hughes (Character) $23.5M 1997
      82% 86% Soul Food Teri (Character) $43.5M 1997
      No Score Yet 60% The Odyssey Unknown (Character) - 1997
      43% 39% Eraser Lee Cullen (Character) $101.3M 1996
      No Score Yet 39% Bye Bye Birdie Rose Alvarez (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever Dr. Kathy 'Kat' Hunter (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stompin' at the Savoy Pauline (Character) - 1992
      5% 34% Another You Gloria (Character) $2.5M 1991
      29% 65% Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Lulu Daniels (Character) $7.0M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Terri Knight (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Lynette Parks (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 80% Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Valentine Hayward (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 20% Under the Gun Samantha Richards (Character) - 1989
      61% 37% The Pick-Up Artist Rae, Girl with Dog (Character) $11.6M 1987

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 52% Queen of the Universe Judge 2021 2023
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2008-2012 2016 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet T.O.T.S. Captain Beakman (Voice) 2019-2022
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007-2009 2012-2013 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2018-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2010 2012-2013 2017 2019-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doc McStuffins Delilah (Guest Voice) 2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Project Runway All Stars Guest 2019
      63% 89% Me, Myself & I Kelly Frasier (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 83% Dynasty Nellie (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Days of our Lives Unknown (Character) 2017
      85% 90% Modern Family Rhonda (Guest Star) 2017
      96% 84% Difficult People Trish (Guest Star) 2017
      60% 95% Daytime Divas Maxine Robinson (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2014 2017
      89% 88% The Quest Gen. Cynthia Rockwell (Guest Star) 2016-2017
      99% 87% Broad City Elizabeth Carlton (Guest Star) 2016
      93% 90% The Good Wife Courtney Paige (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center Music Performer 2015
      94% 75% Royal Pains Olympia Houston (Guest Star) 2015
      86% 83% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2012 2014
      58% 74% 666 Park Avenue Olivia Doran (Character) 2012-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Renee Perry (Character) 2010-2012
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008 2010 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2011
      97% 83% Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater (Character) 2006-2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Contestant 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
      96% 98% Everybody Hates Chris Tallulah Lafitte (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mama Mirabella Unknown (Voice) 2007-2008
      15% No Score Yet South Beach Elizabeth Bauer (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MADtv Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      96% No Score Yet Boomtown Unknown (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Maxine Chadway (Character) 2002
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lateline Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1992 1998
      91% 89% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Arandis (Guest Star) 1996
      91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Character) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1995
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners in Crime Roselle Robins (Guest Star) 1984