Vanessa Williams (US pop/R&B vocalist/producer)

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Vanessa Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. Williams initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983. However, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, she learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue. She thus resigned as Miss America on July 22, 1984 (after being given 72 hours to do so by the Miss America Organization), and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles.

She rebounded as a singer in 1988 with the song "The Right Stuff", followed by a string of successful albums and singles. Williams also became well known as an actress, particularly for her roles as Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food, Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, and Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives. Thirty-two years after resigning as Miss America, the current CEO of the Miss America Organization, Sam Haskell, offered Williams a public apology at the beginning of the Miss America 2016 pageant (where she was serving as head judge) for what was said to her in 1984.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Right Stuff Vanessa Williams 2 2
1991 The Comfort Zone Vanessa Williams 1.5 3
1994 The Sweetest Days Vanessa Williams 2 2
1996 Star Bright Vanessa Williams 3 1
1997 Next Vanessa Williams 3 3
2004 Silver & Gold Vanessa Williams 2 1
2005 Everlasting Love Vanessa Williams 5 2
2009 The Real Thing Vanessa Williams 3 2
2012 Christmas With Vanessa Williams Vanessa Williams 5 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years Vanessa Williams 1
2003 The Best of Vanessa Williams: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection Vanessa Williams 3 1
Love Songs Vanessa Williams 1 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Our Favorite Things: Christmas in Vienna Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Plácido Domingo & Vanessa Williams 5 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Save the Best for Last Vanessa Williams 3 3
1995 Colors of the Wind Vanessa Williams 1 4
1996 Where Do We Go From Here Vanessa Williams 5 1

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