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

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Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American actress and singer. She is well known for her role as Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food, and the television characters Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty and Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives, both have which aired on ABC and Courtney Paige in The Good Wife on CBS. In 1983, Williams became the first African American woman to win the title of Miss America (Miss America 1984). Williams was forced to resign a few weeks prior to the end of her reign on July 22, 1984 due to a scandal surrounding the publication of unauthorized nude photographs in Penthouse magazine. In 2015, 32 years after being crowned and during the Miss America 2016 pageant (where she was serving as head judge), Miss America CEO Sam Haskell apologized to Williams for what was said to her during the events of 1984.

After her resignation as Miss America in 1984, Williams rebounded with a successful career in the entertainment industry. Her work as an actor on television and in film earned her multiple Emmy nominations and a Tony Award nomination. She likewise received a number of Grammy nominations for her work in the music industry, including hits such as "The Right Stuff," "Save the Best for Last," "Colors of the Wind," and "Oh How the Years Go By." Finally, Williams is the recipient of 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
The Right Stuff Vanessa Williams 2 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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