Vanessa Williams

Actor · Executive Producer · Producer
IVA Star Rating : 76
Vanessa Lynn Williams is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first woman of African-American descent to receive the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in 1983. However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that... read more

Vanessa Lynn Williams is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first woman of African-American descent to receive the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in 1983. However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing now "iconic" unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue. Amid growing media controversy and scrutiny, Williams resigned as Miss America in July 1984, and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles. Thirty-two years later, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell offered her a public apology for the events of 1984.

Birth Name

Vanessa Lynn Williams

Born

Monday, 18 March 1963

Links

Actress Filmography

One Night Only: The Best of Broadway Self 2020
Bad Hair Zora 2020
There She Is Self 2020
A Capitol Fourth Self - Host 2020
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Self - Special Guest 2020
Twenties Angela 2020
Miss Virginia Sally Rae 2019
The First Wives Club Nancy 2019
Batman: Hush Amanda Waller (voice) / Amanda Waller 2019
T.O.T.S. Captain Beakman 2019
(see additional filmography)

Actress Filmography

One Night Only: The Best of Broadway Self 2020
Bad Hair Zora 2020
There She Is Self 2020
A Capitol Fourth Self - Host 2020
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Self - Special Guest 2020
Twenties Angela 2020
Miss Virginia Sally Rae 2019
The First Wives Club Nancy 2019
Batman: Hush Amanda Waller (voice) / Amanda Waller 2019
T.O.T.S. Captain Beakman 2019
American Style Herself 2019
The Legend Of The Hallowaiian Fire Goddess (voice) 2018
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Amanda Waller (voice) 2018
The Man from Earth: Holocene Carolyn 2017
Me, Myself and I Kelly Frasier 2017
Daytime Divas Maxine, Maxine Robinson 2017
Not Black Enough 2017
Famous in Love Ida Turner 2017
Milo Murphy's Law Dr. Eileen Underwood, Eileen Underwood, Doctor Underwood 2016
The Secret She Kept Beverly 2016
The $100,000 Pyramid Self - Celebrity Player 2016
Match Game Self - Celebrity Panelist 2016
Difficult People Trish 2015
The Librarians General Cynthia Rockwell 2014
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks Anne-Marie McCoy 2014
When Marnie Was There Hisako (voice) 2014
The Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts 2014
Broad City Elizabeth Carlton 2014
Celebrity Page Self 2013
The Real Self 2013
Exhale Herself 2013
He's Way More Famous Than You Vanessa Williams 2013
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Janice 2013
The Broadway.com Show Herself 2013
The Haunting Of Herself 2012
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Self - Guest Judge 2012
Delhi Safari Begum (voice) 2012
666 Park Avenue Olivia Doran 2012
The Mindy Project Dr. Phillips 2012
Major Crimes Zora Sax 2012
Raising Izzie Tonya 2012
Larry King Now Herself - Guest 2012
Chasing LA Herself 2012
Bethenny Herself 2012
CBS This Morning Herself - Guest 1992
Project Runway All Stars Self - Guest Judge 2012
Kitchen Cousins Herself 2011
The Chew Herself - Guest 2011
Tim Alexander's A Mother's Love Rochelle Richardson 2011
Oprah's Master Class Herself 2011
The Talk Self - Guest Co-Host, Self - Guest, Self 2010
Who Do You Think You Are? Self 2010
Talk Stoop Herself - Guest 2009
Let's Make a Deal Self 2009
Modern Family Rhonda 2009
The Good Wife Courtney Paige 2009
The Dr. Oz Show Self - Guest, Herself, Self 2009
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Self - Guest 2009
Imagine That Lori Strother 2009
Royal Pains Olympia Houston 2009
Hannah Montana: The Movie Vita 2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Herself - Guest (as Vanessa L. Williams) 2009
RuPaul's Drag Race Self - Guest Judge, Self 2009
Flirting with Forty Kristine 2008
The Wendy Williams Show Self - Guest 2008
Knight Rider Ambassador Olara Kumali 2008
Baisden After Dark Herself 2007
Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies Mama Mirabelle, Mama Mirabelle (voice) 2007
Phineas and Ferb Flight Attendant (voice) 2007
Shear Genius Herself - Celebrity Judge 2007
Lincoln Heights Aunt Naomie, Naomi Bradshaw 2007
And Then Came Love Julie 2007
Ice Spiders Dr. April Sommers 2007
Ugly Betty Willhelmina Slater, Wilhelmina Slater 2006
Rachael Ray Self - Guest 2006
Rehearsing a Dream Herself 2006
South Beach Elizabeth Bauer 2006
My Brother L'Tisha Morton 2006
Everybody Hates Chris Tallulah Lafitte 2005
In the Cutz Herself 2005
The Tyra Banks Show Herself - Guest 2005
Black in the 80s Herself 2005
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself - Guest (as Vanessa L. Williams) 2005
Fashion News Live Herself 2004
Desperate Housewives Renee Perry 2004
The Insider Herself, Herself (archive footage) 2004
The Tony Danza Show Herself - Guest 2004
Johnson Family Vacation Dorothy Johnson 2004
Fashion in Focus Herself 2003
Cold Case Crystal Stacy - 2007 2003
A Century of Black Cinema Herself (archive footage) 2003
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Reader 2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself - Guest 2003
Black Listed J.W. 2003
Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty Herself (archive footage) 2003
Boomtown Detective Katherine Pierce 2002
Our America Sandra Williams 2002
Like Mike Pharmacist 2002
Cool Women Herself 2002
Fashion Police Herself - Guest 2002
Keep the Faith, Baby Hazel Scott 2002
It's Black Entertainment Host 2002
Heavy Gear: The Animated Series Sonja Briggs 2001
The Proud Family Debra 2001
WW 3 M.J. Blake (as Vanessa L. Williams) 2001
A Diva's Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge 2000
Soul Food Maxine Chadway 2000
Shaft Carmen Vasquez 2000
Don Quixote Dulcinea / Aldonza 2000
The Courage to Love Mother Henriette Delille 2000
Light It Up Audrey McDonald 1999
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Queen of Trash 1999
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Herself - Celebrity Contestant 1999
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Self - Celebrity Question Presenter 2002
I'll Make Me a World Herself - Narrator 1999
Total Recall 2070 Dr. Violet Whims 1999
L.A. Doctors Dr. Leanne Barrows 1998
Dance With Me Ruby Sinclair 1998
Futuresport Alexandra 'Alex' Torres 1998
Soul Food Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams) 1997
Between Brothers Rebecca 1997
Ally McBeal Sheila Hunt 1997
Hoodlum Francine Hughes 1997
The View Herself - Guest, Self - Guest 1997
The Odyssey Calypso 1997
Mother Donna 1996
Jungle Cubs Trech 1996
The Pretender Denise Clements 1996
Malcolm & Eddie Stephanie 1996
The Steve Harvey Show Nina 1996
Eraser Lee Cullen 1996
Buddies Janice Rollins 1996
Bye Bye Birdie Rose Alvarez 1995
Nothing Lasts Forever Dr. Kathy 'Kat' Hunter 1995
MADtv Herself 1995
Murder One Lila, (credit only) 1995
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Beauty 1995
Drop Squad Mali 1994
Chicago Hope Dr. Grace Carr 1994
Extra with Billy Bush Self (archive footage), Self 1994
NYPD Blue Kira 1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Herself - Guest 1993
Living Single Hellura 1993
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Arandis 1993
The Jacksons: An American Dream Suzanne de Passe 1992
Candyman Anne-Marie McCoy 1992
Melrose Place Rhonda Blair 1992
HBO First Look Herself 1992
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Lulu Daniels 1991
Another You Gloria 1991
New Jack City Keisha 1991
Law & Order Vera 1990
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Danny Mitchell 1990
Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Terri Knight 1990
Dream Street 1989
The Arsenio Hall Show Herself - Guest 1989
Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Valentine Hayward 1989
Inside Edition Herself - Former Miss America 1988
Live! Dick Clark Presents Herself 1988
Under the Gun Samantha Richards 1988
The Pick-up Artist Rae, Girl with Dog 1987
Showtime at the Apollo Herself - Musical Guest 1987
The Redd Foxx Show Jessica 1986
He's the Mayor Herself 1986
Super Password Herself - Celebrity Contestant 1984
Partners in Crime Roselle Robins 1984
The Cosby Show Jade 1984
T.J. Hooker Officer Pat Williamson 1982
Entertainment Tonight Herself 1981
The Love Boat Herself, Miss America 1984, Pearl 1977
Live from Lincoln Center Graduates / Off Stage Voices, Julie LaVerne 1976
Saturday Night Live Herself - Musical Guest, Self - Musical Guest / The Kwanzettes 1975
Soul Train Herself 1971
Great Performances Self, Self - Host 1971
Evening at Pops Herself 1970
Sesame Street Self 1969
Top of the Pops Herself - Musical Guest 1964
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Herself - Guest 1962

Director Filmography

Producer Filmography

2009 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2008 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2007 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
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