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Vanessa Williams

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Birth name Vanessa Lynn Williams
Nationality USA
Birth 18 march 1963 (61 years)

Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American actress and singer who is particularly well known for her roles as Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives, and Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food. She initially gained recognition as the first African American woman to win the title of Miss America (during the Miss America 1984 pageant on September 17, 1983). Seven weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized nude photographs of Williams. She relinquished her title and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey 1983, Suzette Charles. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy and Emmy nominations and a Tony Award nomination. She is also the recipient of 7 NAACP Image Award and 3 Satellite Awards. In September, 2015 at the Miss America 2016 pageant, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell apologized to Williams (who was serving as head judge) for what was said to her by the Miss America Organization during the events of 1984.

A few years after the Miss America pageant, Williams entered the music industry, releasing her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988. The single, "The Right Stuff", reached the #1 spot on Hot Dance Songs, and "Dreamin'" was #1 on R&B and No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album, The Comfort Zone in 1991, topped the Billboard R&B Album Chart, and contained the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "Save the Best for Last." In 1995 she recorded "Colors of the Wind", the Oscar-winner for Best Original Song from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas that reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Williams also became a well known actress in film and theater. Her first major film role was in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Eraser in 1996. She later starred in films such as Dance with Me, and Shaft. Williams has appeared in television shows such as The Redd Foxx Show, T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Ally McBeal, 666 Park Avenue, and The Mindy Project. She has also starred in a number of television films including The Jacksons - An American Dream, Bye Bye Birdie, The Odyssey, and The Trip to Bountiful (based on her role in the 2013 theatrical revival). Williams' theatrical performances also include Kiss of the Spider Woman, St. Louis Woman, and the 2002 Kennedy Center performance of Carmen Jones. She joined the seventh season of The Good Wife as self-made businesswoman Courtney Boalt and the love interest for Alan Cumming's character, Eli Gold.


Williams' first husband is Ramon Hervey II, a public relations specialist who was hired to resuscitate her career after her resignation as Miss America in July 1984. He was an older man, 33 at the time, while she was 23. In 1987, they married at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church. The marriage was held in New York, but another group was able to watch it via videotape in Los Angeles. She was the major breadwinner during the marriage which lasted for 10 years. Hervey also ceased to be her manager during the marriage. After the divorce she expressed respect for him. They have three children: Melanie, Jillian Hervey, and Devin. Jillian, following in her mother's footsteps, released her first single with the duo Lion Babe in 2012.

Williams then married NBA basketball player Rick Fox. After eloping in summer 1999 in the Caribbean, they had another ceremony in September 1999 in New York. They had a daughter in May 2000. After The National Enquirer published pictures of Fox kissing and hugging another woman in mid-2004, Fox's representative announced that the couple had been "headed toward divorce" for over a year. A few months later in August 2004, Fox filed for divorce from Williams. Fox and Williams' split however was amicable enough for the two of them to work onscreen together several years later on the television show Ugly Betty.

Ten years later, during a 2014 taping of The Queen Latifah Show, Williams announced her engagement to Jim Skrip, a retired accountant from Buffalo. They married on July 4, 2015.

Williams and her mother, Helen, co-authored a memoir entitled You Have No Idea, published in April 2012. In the book, Williams discusses her childhood, rise to fame, and personal struggles, including the fact that she was sexually molested by a woman when she was 10 years old. She also spoke candidly about having an abortion while she was in high school. Williams is a supporter of gay rights and same sex marriage and in 2011, she participated in a HRC campaign entitled “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality".

Best films

Eraser (1996)
Shaft (2000)

Usually with

John Lennon
John Lennon
(1 films)
Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
(1 films)
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry
(1 films)
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Filmography of Vanessa Williams (33 films)

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Batman: Hush, 1h21
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Crime, Animation
Themes Batman films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Jason O'Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Geoffrey Arend, Peyton List, Sean Maher, Jerry O'Connell
Roles Amanda Waller (voice)
Rating69% 3.4568053.4568053.4568053.4568053.456805
Alors que Bruce Wayne et Selina Kyle (et leurs alter égo, Batman et Catwoman) entament une relation amoureuse, un nouvel ennemi apparait; un ennemi qui a manipulé des criminels aussi puissants que Bane, Poison Ivy, L'Épouvantail, Gueule d'argile, Harley Quinn ou encore le Joker; un ennemi qui a découvert la véritable identité de Batman et tous ses secrets; un ennemi qui a un plan pour détruire le justicier, ses proches et ses alliés définitivement: Silence...
Imagine (2018)
, 1h10
Directed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Fred Astaire, Vanessa Williams, Nathan Karl Kress, Dick Cavett
Rating72% 3.634333.634333.634333.634333.63433
The program consists mostly of "film promos" around the song selection, interspersed with occasional slices of Lennon and Ono's life together, and also fantasy and "gag" sequences. In one of these, a succession of men (ranging from Lennon and Ono's assistants to celebrities including Fred Astaire, Jack Palance, Dick Cavett, and even George Harrison) escort Ono over and over through a doorway; in another, John and Yoko lose each other on the Tittenhurst grounds, and go looking.
The Man from Earth : Holocene
Directed by Richard Schenkman
Genres Drama, Science fiction
Actors David Lee Smith, Vanessa Williams, Michael Dorn, William Katt, Sterling Knight, Brittany Curran
Roles Carolyn
Rating52% 2.603722.603722.603722.603722.60372
L'intrigue se concentre sur un professeur d'université, John Oldman, qui s'appelle maintenant John Young, qui serait un homme de Cro-Magnon (ou Magdalénien l'homme des cavernes) et aurait survécu pendant plus de 14 000 ans. Cependant, malgré toutes ces années d'immortalité, John trouve qu'il commence à prendre de l'âge et qu'il ne guérit plus aussi vite que d'habitude. Pendant ce temps, quatre de ses élèves vont enquêter sur son secret et cherchent à entrer en contact avec un de ses anciens collègues, Art Jenkins, dont la carrière s'est effondrée après la publication d'un livre sur l'histoire de John.
When Marnie Was There, 1h43
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Animation
Themes Feminist films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, Children's films
Actors Hailee Steinfeld, Kasumi Arimura, Kiernan Shipka, Sara Takatsuki, Nanako Matsushima, Ava Acres
Roles Hisako
Rating76% 3.8049153.8049153.8049153.8049153.804915
Anna Sasaki is a 12-year-old girl who lives in Sapporo with foster parents, Yoriko and her husband. One day at school she collapses from an asthma attack, so her parents send her to spend the summer with Setsu and Kiyomasa Oiwa, relatives of Yoriko, in Kushiro, a rural, seaside town where the air is clear.
He's Way More Famous Than You
Directed by Michael Urie
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Halley Feiffer, Ben Stiller, Michael Chernus, Mamie Gummer, Tracee Chimo
Roles Vanessa Williams
Rating37% 1.8755351.8755351.8755351.8755351.875535
When once-up-and-coming indie film starlet Halley Feiffer loses her boyfriend, her agent and her career in one fell swoop she finally realizes that something has got to change...she has to become WAY MORE FAMOUS! Armed with a stolen script and two pitchers of sangria, Halley enlists the help of her brother Ryan to make a movie, starring herself (of course), and any A-list celebrity she can land. Halley will stop at nothing in this balls to the wall Hollywood comedy...even if it means hurting the only people who truly care about her.
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, 1h51
Directed by Tyler Perry
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films based on plays, HIV/AIDS in film
Actors Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian West, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, Brandy
Roles Janice
Rating49% 2.460872.460872.460872.460872.46087
Years ago, Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is a therapist working at a matchmaking agency owned by Janice (Vanessa L. Williams). She is married to her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) whom she has known since she was 6. Brice and Judith attend the same church as her mother Miss Sarah (Ella Joyce), a devout Christian with strong beliefs. Brice is a pharmacist and is soon introduced to a new employee, Melinda (Brandy Norwood). Melinda soon reveals that she is on the run from an abusive boyfriend, who had tried to kill her. Judith is dissatisfied with her job and anxious to start her own business in marriage counseling, but Brice is cautious and tells her to wait until they are more financially stable, which frustrates Judith. She is further frustrated when Brice refuses to confront men who catcall her on their way home from dinner.
Delhi Safari, 1h32
Directed by Nikhil Advani
Origin Inde
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Films about birds, Mise en scène d'un ours, Films about apes, Musical films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Akshaye Khanna, Suniel Shetty, Boman Irani, Govinda, Christopher Lloyd, Urmila Matondkar
Roles Begum (voice: English version)
Rating55% 2.7514752.7514752.7514752.7514752.751475
Delhi Safari is the story of a journey undertaken by a leopard cub, his mother, a monkey, a bear and a parrot when the forest they live in is on the verge of destruction. Builders have encroached upon their forest and the animals decide to go to Delhi and protest in front of the parliament and ask the parliament some very simple yet pertinent questions they were – why has man become the most dangerous animal? Doesn't man understand that if the forests and the animals don't co-exist with humans, the balance of the ecosystem will be endangered? The film starts with Yuvraj 'Yuvi' saying that he lost his father Sultan (Sunil Shetty) in the morning,but doesn't want to lose his home in any cost. The film carries a flashback of the morning with Yuvi and Sultan playing in the forest while his mother, Begum (Urmila Matondkar) enters. The two say something that Begum gets angry and goes. Soon, Begum forgives Sultan and Yuvraj. However, while coming back, a whole pack of bulldozers come. Begum manages to escape, but Yuvi and Sultan are trapped. In a bid to save Yuvi, Sultan catches Yuvi in his mouth and tosses him to Begum. However, he himself is killed by a human wielding a shotgun, making the whole forest a large enemy of the humans. A talk happens of Bajrangi, a monkey (Govinda), saying that he would beat out the wits of those men, and asks whether anyone knows anyone who knows language of humans. A white bird pipes up, saying he knows someone. Yuvi meets the white bird the next day, and asks who is the one he said about. The white bird says he is Alex (Akshaye Khanna), who lives with a director Vikram. Bajrangi, Bagga the bear (Boman Irani), Yuvi go and kidnap the parrot and convince him to go to Delhi with them to talk to the parliament. After a few good and bad experiences Begum tells that no one is going to Delhi after listening to a tiger's story as soon after she sees Sultan and proceeds to Delhi. They finally reach Delhi and tell their message. In the last scene it is shown the jungle is saved and all are happy.
Hannah Montana: The Movie, 1h42
Directed by Peter Chelsom
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Margo Martindale, Mitchel Musso
Roles Vita
Rating46% 2.3415452.3415452.3415452.3415452.341545
Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is struggling with her alter-ego and her popularity as Hannah Montana and keeping her double-life a secret from the media, but Oswald Granger (Peter Gunn), a sneaky undercover journalist for celeb magazine BonChic, becomes suspicious and vows to uncover her secret for his boss Lucinda (Jane Parr). Later, Miley (as Hannah) ends up in a fight with Tyra Banks over a pair of shoes that she wanted to buy for Lilly (Emily Osment) as a birthday present. When Oswald secretly follows her limo to the party, Miley is forced to attend as Hannah instead of herself, resulting in the guests turning their attention to her instead of Lilly, especially when Hannah is accompanied by Steve Rushton and Days Difference in her performance of "Let's Get Crazy". Oliver Oken (Mitchel Musso) and Rico Suave (Moises Arias) try to stop Lilly from leaving, but the party is ruined by Rico's exploding "Happy Birthday Lilly" cake. Upset at Miley, Lilly accidentally tells Oswald that Hannah is from a place called Crowley Corners, Tennessee, not realizing that he is a journalist.
And Then Came Love, 1h30
Directed by Richard Schenkman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kevin Daniels, Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt, Michael Boatman, Stephen Pinella, Ben Vereen
Roles Julie
Rating46% 2.323882.323882.323882.323882.32388
Julie (Vanessa Williams), a successful Manhattan reporter-turned-columnist in her mid-40s believes she has it all - a great job, a rent controlled apartment, a boyfriend (Michael Boatman) and best of all, an adorable six-year-old son named Jake, whom she conceived via an anonymous sperm donor. Her perfect world, however, is rocked when she’s called in for an emergency parent-teacher conference and learns that her son has been acting up, needs to be ‘tested,’ and is on the brink of expulsion.
My Brother
My Brother (2006)
, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Films about disabilities
Actors Vanessa Williams, Tatum O'Neal, NaShawn Kearse, Fredro Starr, Baron Vaughn
Roles L'Tisha Morton
Rating51% 2.565742.565742.565742.565742.56574
Une mère de famille atteinte de tuberculose se bat pour que ses deux garçons soient adoptés par une même famille. Mais un seul sera choisi. Elle va réaliser l'impossible en créant un lien inaltérable entre ses deux enfants, en espérant qu'ils se soutiennent toute leur vie.
Rehearsing a Dream, 39minutes
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors Vanessa Williams, Mikhail Baryshnikov
Roles Self
Rating68% 3.425843.425843.425843.425843.42584
Johnson Family Vacation, 1h37
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Shannon Elizabeth, Cedric the Entertainer, Shad Moss, Solange Knowles, Christopher B. Duncan, Gabby Soleil
Roles Dorothy Johnson
Rating45% 2.261762.261762.261762.261762.26176
Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) and his family have been invited to their big family reunion in Missouri. He sees it as an opportunity to reconnect with his estranged wife (Williams) and growing children, as well as a chance to show up his wealthier know-it-all brother, Mack (Harvey). Nate takes delivery on an expensive new SUV, persuades his recently separated wife Dorothy to tag along, and packs up his three kids — nubile teenager Nikki (Knowles), under-age wannabe rapper D.J. (Bow Wow), and precocious seven-year-old Destiny (Soleil) — for what he imagines will be a leisurely drive from Los Angeles to Missouri. Between his wary wife, arguing kids, angry police officers, a bizarre hitchhiker (Shannon Elizabeth), bad diner food, and an unfortunate run-in with a cement mixer, getting from point A to point B proves to be just short of a nightmare.
Like Mike
Like Mike (2002)
, 1h39
Directed by John Schultz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Sports films, Basketball films, Documentary films about sports, Children's films
Actors Shad Moss, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki, Robert Forster, Crispin Glover, Jesse Plemons
Roles Pharmacist
Rating54% 2.7076652.7076652.7076652.7076652.707665
Calvin Cambridge is a teenage orphan whose two best friends, Murph and Reg Stevens, are also orphans. At night they have to sell chocolate for a greedy orphanage director, Stan Bittleman, (Crispin Glover) after each home game of the Los Angeles Knights.
Don Quixote, 2h18
Directed by Peter Yates
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Buddy films
Actors John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, James Purefoy, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams, Lambert Wilson
Roles Dulcinea / Aldonza
Rating60% 3.049673.049673.049673.049673.04967
Accompagné de son valet Sancho Panza, Don Quichotte, vieil homme idéaliste et farfelu, se lance dans une croisade contre les brigands de tout poil.