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Born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, Vanessa Williams became a member of the New York City Opera's Children's Chorus at age 11. Vanessa then signed with a talent manager and booked her first audition, a commercial for Frito Lay. Her pattern for success clearly set, her winning streak had only just begun. After ... See full bio »
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 2013 The Last Piece (Short) (completed)
Phone Voice (voice)
 2015 Chasing LA (TV Series)
 2014 When Marnie Was There
Hisako (English version, voice)
 2014 Crossed the Line
 2014 Zo What? Morning Show (TV Series)
Celebrity Panelist
- Modern Day Slavery - Human Trafficking (2014) ... Celebrity Panelist
 2014 Men, Money & Gold Diggers
Sandra WInslow
 2013 And Then... (Short)
 2013 The Get Away (Short)
 2012 Raising Izzie (TV Movie)
Tonya Freeman
 2012 Sugar Mommas (TV Movie)
 2010 5150 (Short)
 2008-2009 Lincoln Heights (TV Series)
Aunt Naomie / Naomi Bradshaw
- Bully for You (2009) ... Aunt Naomie
- Ode to Joy (2008) ... Naomi Bradshaw
 2009 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series)
Tallulah Lafitte
- Everybody Hates Bomb Threats (2009) ... Tallulah Lafitte
 2009 Contradictions of the Heart (Video)
 2008 Flirting with Forty (TV Movie)
 2008 Hummingbird (Short)
 2007 Drawing Angel (Short)
 2007 Ice Spiders (TV Movie)
Dr. April Sommers
 2005 Gift for the Living (Short)
 2003 Allergic to Nuts (Short)
 2003 Black Listed (Video)
 2002 Baby of the Family
 2002 Like Mike
 2002 Our America (TV Movie)
Sandra Williams (as Vanessa A. Williams)
 2001 Heavy Gear: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Sonja Briggs
- Gear Wars (2001) ... Sonja Briggs (voice)
- The Desert Duel (2001) ... Sonja Briggs (voice)
- Grudge Match (2001) ... Sonja Briggs (voice)
- Training a Dragon (2001) ... Sonja Briggs (voice)
- The Face-Off (2001) ... Sonja Briggs (voice)
 2000 Playing with Fire (TV Movie)
Riana Roberts
 2000 Afrocentricity (Video)
 2000 Punks
 1999 Incognito (TV Movie)
Wilhelmina Hunter
 1999 Total Recall 2070 (TV Series)
Dr. Violet Whims
- Self-Inflicted (1999) ... Dr. Violet Whims
 1998 The Steve Harvey Show (TV Series)
- Rent (1998) ... Nina
 1998 The Pretender (TV Series)
Denise Clements
- Collateral Damage (1998) ... Denise Clements
 1997 A Woman of Color (TV Movie)
 1997/II Breakdown (Short)
 1997 Between Brothers (TV Series)
- The Interview (1997) ... Rebecca
 1997 Jungle Cubs (TV Series)
- The Ape That Would Be King (1997) ... Trech (voice)
 1996 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Dr. Grace Carr
- Divided Loyalty (1996) ... Dr. Grace Carr
- A Day in the Life (1996) ... Dr. Grace Carr
- Liar, Liar (1996) ... Dr. Grace Carr
- Liver Let Die (1996) ... Dr. Grace Carr
- Back to the Future (1996) ... Dr. Grace Carr
 1996 Malcolm & Eddie (TV Series)
- Big Brother Is Watching (1996) ... Stephanie
 1996/II Mother
 1995-1996 Murder One (TV Series)
- Chapter Twenty-Three (1996) ... Lila
- Chapter Twenty-Two (1996) ... Lila
- Chapter Twenty-One (1996) ... Lila
- Chapter Twenty (1996) ... (credit only)
- Chapter Nineteen (1996) ... Lila
 1996 Buddies (TV Series)
Janice Rollins
- Marry Me... Sort Of (1996) ... Janice Rollins
 1995 Living Single (TV Series)
- Another Saturday Night (1995) ... Hellura
 1995 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
 1994 Drop Squad
 1992-1993 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Rhonda Blair
- State of Need (1993) ... Rhonda Blair (credit only)
- Carpe Diem (1993) ... Rhonda Blair (credit only)
- Pas de Trois (1993) ... Rhonda Blair (credit only)
 1991 Fatal Bond
 1989-1991 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Cheryl / Jade
- No More Mr. Nice Guy (1991) ... Cheryl
- Theo's Final Final (1991) ... Cheryl
- What He Did for Love (1989) ... Jade
- Theo's Women (1989) ... Jade
 1991 New Jack City
 1990 Law & Order (TV Series)
- Happily Ever After (1990) ... Vera
 1989 Dream Street (TV Series)
- Pilot (1989)
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Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (33 credits)
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Stage: Appeared in a production of "Serafina!" See more »

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7 Interviews | 22 Articles | 14 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Vanessa A. Williams

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Of singer-actress Vanessa Williams, with whom she's frequently confused: "There's enough work for both of us." See more »


Appeared in the cable TV show Soul Food (2000), while her namesake the singer-actress Vanessa Williams appeared in the movie Soul Food (1997), of which the former is a spin-off. See more »

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