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Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with a promise to "see you on Broadway". After winning... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 12 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater
(2006-2010)
Shaft
Shaft Carmen Vasquez
(2000)
Eraser
Eraser Lee Cullen
(1996)
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives Renee Perry
(2010-2012)

Filmography

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 2017 Modern Family (TV Series)
Rhonda
- The Long Goodbye (2017) ... Rhonda
 2016-2017 Milo Murphy's Law (TV Series)
Dr. Eileen Underwood
- Some Like It Yacht/Backward to School Night (2017) ... Dr. Eileen Underwood (voice)
- A Clockwork Origin/Perchance to Sleepwalk (2017) ... Dr. Eileen Underwood (voice)
- Worked Day/Wilder West (2016) ... Dr. Eileen Underwood (voice)
 2017 Difficult People (TV Series)
Trish
- Strike Rat (2017) ... Trish
 2017 Daytime Divas (TV Series)
Maxine Robinson
- Lunch Is on Us (2017) ... Maxine Robinson
- Whose Show Is It Anyway? (2017) ... Maxine Robinson
- And the Loser Is... (2017) ... Maxine Robinson
- Truth's a Mutha (2017) ... Maxine Robinson
- We Are Family (2017) ... Maxine Robinson
 2016-2017 The Librarians (TV Series)
General Cynthia Rockwell
- And the Wrath of Chaos (2017) ... General Cynthia Rockwell
- And the Fatal Separation (2017) ... General Cynthia Rockwell
- And the Trial of the Triangle (2016) ... General Cynthia Rockwell
- And the Rise of Chaos (2016) ... General Cynthia Rockwell
 2016 Broad City (TV Series)
Elizabeth Carlton
- Game Over (2016) ... Elizabeth Carlton
 2015 Fantasy Life (TV Movie)
Terry
 2015 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Courtney Paige
- KSR (2015) ... Courtney Paige
- Discovery (2015) ... Courtney Paige
- Restraint (2015) ... Courtney Paige
- Driven (2015) ... Courtney Paige
 1979-2015 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series)
Julie LaVerne / Graduates / Off Stage Voices
- Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat (2015) ... Julie LaVerne
- New York City Opera: Street Scene (1979) ... Graduates / Off Stage Voices
 2015 Royal Pains (TV Series)
Olympia Houston
- Voices Carry (2015) ... Olympia Houston
- The Prince of Nucleotides (2015) ... Olympia Houston
 2015 The Mindy Project (TV Series)
Dr. Phillips
- Danny Castellano Is My Nutritionist (2015) ... Dr. Phillips
 2014 Omoide no Mânî
Hisako (English version, voice)
 2014 The Trip to Bountiful (TV Movie)
Jessie Mae Watts
 2012-2013 666 Park Avenue (TV Series)
Olivia Doran
- Lazarus (2013) ... Olivia Doran
- The Elysian Fields (2013) ... Olivia Doran
- Sins of the Fathers (2013) ... Olivia Doran
- The Comfort of Death (2013) ... Olivia Doran
- Hypnos (2012) ... Olivia Doran
 2013 He's Way More Famous Than You
Vanessa Williams
 2012 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series)
Flight Attendant
- Where's Perry? Part I (2012) ... Flight Attendant (voice)
 2012 Delhi Safari
Begum (English version, voice)
 2010-2012 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Renee Perry
- Finishing the Hat (2012) ... Renee Perry
- Give Me the Blame (2012) ... Renee Perry
- The People Will Hear (2012) ... Renee Perry
- Lost My Power (2012) ... Renee Perry
- With So Little to Be Sure Of (2012) ... Renee Perry
 2006-2010 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Wilhelmina Slater
- Hello Goodbye (2010) ... Wilhelmina Slater
- The Past Presents the Future (2010) ... Wilhelmina Slater
- London Calling (2010) ... Wilhelmina Slater
- Million Dollar Smile (2010) ... Wilhelmina Slater
- All the World's a Stage (2010) ... Wilhelmina Slater
 2007-2008 Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies (TV Series)
Mama Mirabelle
- Have You Heard?/This Is Mama's World (2008) ... Mama Mirabelle (voice)
- Muddy Wonderland/Do You See What I See? (2008) ... Mama Mirabelle (voice)
- Elephant Walk (2008) ... Mama Mirabelle
- Jumbled Jungle/Alone Together (2008) ... Mama Mirabelle (voice)
 2007 And Then Came Love
Julie
 2007 The Beautiful World of Ugly Betty (TV Movie)
Narrator / Wilhelmina Slater
 2006 My Brother
L'Tisha Morton
 2006 South Beach (TV Series)
Elizabeth Bauer
- It Looked Like Somebody's Nightmare (2006) ... Elizabeth Bauer
- The S.B. (2006) ... Elizabeth Bauer
- I'll Do What I Want to Do (2006) ... Elizabeth Bauer
- Who Do You Trust (2006) ... Elizabeth Bauer
- Every Day Above Ground Is a Good Day (2006) ... Elizabeth Bauer
 2004 Johnson Family Vacation
Dorothy Johnson
 2004 Beck and Call (TV Short)
Zoe
 2003 Boomtown (TV Series)
Detective Katherine Pierce
- The Big Picture (2003) ... Detective Katherine Pierce
- Wannabe (2003) ... Detective Katherine Pierce
- The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang (2003) ... Detective Katherine Pierce
- Haystack (2003) ... Detective Katherine Pierce
- Inadmissible (2003) ... Detective Katherine Pierce
 2002 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Debra
- Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thingy, Baby (2002) ... Debra (voice)
 2002 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Sheila Hunt
- Another One Bites the Dust (2002) ... Sheila Hunt
 2002 Keep the Faith, Baby (TV Movie)
Hazel Scott
 2001 Santa, Baby! (TV Movie)
Alicia (voice)
 2001 WW 3 (TV Movie)
M.J. Blake (as Vanessa L. Williams)
 2000 A Diva's Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Ebony Scrooge
 2000 Shaft
Carmen Vasquez
 2000 Don Quixote (TV Movie)
Dulcinea / Aldonza
 2000 The Courage to Love (TV Movie)
Mother Henriette Delille
 1999 Light It Up
Audrey McDonald (as Vanessa L. Williams)
 1999 The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
Queen of Trash
 1999 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Leanne Barrows
- Every Picture Tells a Story (1999) ... Dr. Leanne Barrows
- Que Sera, Sarah (1999) ... Dr. Leanne Barrows
- O Captain, My Captain (1999) ... Dr. Leanne Barrows
 1998 Futuresport (TV Movie)
Alex Torres (as Vanessa L. Williams)
 1998 Dance with Me
Ruby Sinclair
 1997 Hoodlum
Francine Hughes
 1997 Soul Food
Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
 1997 The Odyssey (TV Series)
Calypso
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Calypso
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Calypso
 1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
Arandis
- Let He Who Is Without Sin... (1996) ... Arandis
 1996 Eraser
Lee Cullen
 1995 Bye Bye Birdie (TV Movie)
Rose Alvarez
 1995 Nothing Lasts Forever (TV Movie)
Dr. Kathy 'Kat' Hunter
 1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Beauty
- Beauty and the Beast (1995) ... Beauty (voice)
 1994 Score with Chicks (Video)
 1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Danny Mitchell
 1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Movie)
Pauline
 1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream (TV Series)
Suzanne de Passe
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Suzanne de Passe
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Suzanne de Passe
 1991 Vanessa Williams: Running Back to You (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1991 Another You
Gloria
 1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Movie)
Lynette Parks
 1990 Seriously... Phil Collins (TV Movie)
Rachel - TV Executive
 1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (TV Movie)
Terri Knight
 1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (TV Movie)
Valentine Hayward
 1988 Under the Gun
Samantha Richards
 1987 The Pick-up Artist
Rae, Girl with Dog
 1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Pearl
 1986 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Officer Pat Williamson
- Partners in Death (1986) ... Officer Pat Williamson
 1986 The Redd Foxx Show (TV Series)
Jessica
- The Prodigal Son (1986) ... Jessica
 1984 Partners in Crime (TV Series)
Roselle Robins
- Celebrity (1984) ... Roselle Robins
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Other Works:

Did commercials for Radio Shack from 2001 with Howie Long and Ving Rhames, and, from 2003, husband Rick Fox. She also did spots for Crest, and a late-night infomercial for skin care product, Proactive Solution. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 7 Interviews | 13 Articles | 14 Pictorials | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Miss America 1984 | Vanessa L. Williams | Vanessa Lynn Williams | Vanessa L Williams

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

The wiser you get, the more experience you have, and the more you see people for who they are as human beings, as opposed to figures you have to fight against. See more »

Trivia:

As a Junior at Syracuse University, she was crowned Miss America in fall 1983 and dropped out to fulfill her contractual duties, but she eventually earned her Bachelor's degree from the Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts on May 10, 2008. See more »

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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