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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 »

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Eraser
Eraser Lee Cullen
(1996)
Shaft
Shaft Carmen Vasquez
(2000)
Soul Food
Soul Food Teri
(1997)
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater
(2006-2010)

Filmography

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 2017 Difficult People (TV Series)
Trish
- Strike Rat (2017) ... Trish
 2017 Daytime Divas (TV Series)
Maxine / Maxine Robinson
- Lunch Is on Us (2017) ... Maxine Robinson
- Whose Show Is It Anyway? (2017) ... Maxine Robinson
- And the Loser Is... (2017) ... Maxine
- Truth's a Mutha (2017) ... Maxine
- We Are Family (2017) ... Maxine
 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 Milo Murphy's Law (TV Series)
Dr. Eileen Underwood / Eileen Underwood
- Worked Day/Wilder West (2016) ... Dr. Eileen Underwood (voice)
- Disaster of My Dreams ... Eileen Underwood (voice)
 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)
 2012 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series)
Flight Attendant
- Where's Perry? Part I (2012) ... Flight Attendant (voice)
 2012 Delhi Safari
Begum (English version, voice)
 2007 And Then Came Love
Julie
 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 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
 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 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 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 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
 1995 Bye Bye Birdie (TV Movie)
Rose Alvarez
 1995 Nothing Lasts Forever (TV Movie)
Dr. Kathy 'Kat' Hunter
 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:

TV commercial with Rick Fox for Radio Shack. 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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I throw myself into my work. It's exhausting. It's time-consuming. I feel guilty for not being with my kids all the time. But then when I'm home with my children and devoting my life to my kids, in the back of my mind, I'm wondering whether I'll ever get employed again. So there's a constant battle of doing what fuels me and what I do best. And also, being there for my kids. See more »

Trivia:

Daughter Jillian Hervey is lead singer-dancer for "Lion Babe". See more »

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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