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Vesta Williams (1957–2011)

Vesta Williams was born on December 1, 1957 in Coshocton, Ohio, USA as Mary Vesta Williams. She was an actress, known for Posse (1993), Mississippi Burning (1988) and Soul Man (1986). She was married to Herman White. She died on September 22, 2011 in El Segundo, California, USA. See full bio »

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Hide Hide Show Show Actress (4 credits)
 2010 Vesta: Dedicated (Short)
 1998-1999 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
- I Know What You Did in Drama Class (1999) ... Monica (as Vesta)
- Two Guys, a Girl and a Calendar (1999) ... Monica (as Vesta)
- Greek to Me (1998) ... Monica (as Vesta)
 1993 Posse
Vera (as Vesta)
 1986 Throb (TV Series)
- The Concert (1986) ... Phoebe
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 1993 Posse (performer: "Ride of Your Life", "Tell Me" - as Vesta) / (writer: "Tell Me" - as Vesta)
 1988 Mississippi Burning (performer: "Try Jesus")
 1986 Soul Man (performer: "Suddenly It's Magic")
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 1989 The Women of Brewster Place (TV Movie) (vocal soloist - as Vesta)
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 2012 20th Annual Trumpet Awards (TV Special) (in memory of - as Mary Vesta Williams)
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 2012 Unsung (TV Series documentary)
- Vesta Williams (2012) ... Herself
 2011 The Mo'Nique Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 11 August 2011 (2011) ... Herself
 2009 #TheFoodGroup (TV Movie)
 1994 BET's Comicview Awards (TV Special)
 1986-1992 Soul Train (TV Series documentary)
Herself - Guest / Herself
- Jody Watley/Vesta Williams (1992) ... Herself - Guest
- El DeBarge/Vesta Williams/Troop (1989) ... Herself
- Al Jarreau/Vesta Williams (1986) ... Herself - Guest
 1989-1991 Ebony/Jet Showcase (TV Series)
- Episode dated 27 September 1991 (1991) ... Herself (as Vesta)
- Episode dated 22 September 1989 (1989) ... Herself (as Vesta)
 1990 The Arsenio Hall Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 13 July 1990 (1990) ... Herself (as Vesta)
- Episode dated 2 February 1990 (1990) ... Herself
 1990 22nd NAACP Image Awards (TV Special)
 1989 Showtime at the Apollo (TV Series)
- Episode dated 16 September 1989 (1989) ... Herself

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Other Works:

Performed theme song for television sitcom Malcolm & Eddie (1996). See more »

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Alternate Names:

Vesta | Mary Vesta Williams


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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Personal Quote:

When I lost my record deal, and my phone wasn't ringing, I realized that I had to reassess who Vesta was and figure out what was going wrong. I knew it wasn't my singing ability. So it had to be that I was expendable because I didn't have the right look. (1996)


She struggled with obesity in the 1990s, and at one time lost 100 lbs. She became an advocate for programs preventing both obesity and juvenile diabetes. See more »

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