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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 13 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »


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Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater
Shaft Carmen Vasquez
Desperate Housewives Renee Perry
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 2019-2021 Tiny Ones Transport Service (TV Series)
Captain Beakman
- Early Birds/Prank You Very Much (2021) ... Captain Beakman
- Pajama Party/The Bunny Bunch (2021) ... Captain Beakman
- Treasure Hunters/Up Up and Oh No (2021) ... Captain Beakman
- Sled Pup/Baby Boogie (2021) ... Captain Beakman
- Surfin' Birds/Grandpa's Great Adventure (2021) ... Captain Beakman (voice)
 2020 Broadway Celebrates Veterans Day (TV Mini-Series)
Vanessa Williams
 2020 Twenties (TV Series)
- Living the Dream (2020) ... Angela
 2020 Bad Hair
 2019 Happy Accident (TV Movie)
 2019 Miss Virginia
Sally Rae
 2019 The First Wives Club (TV Series)
- Something Blue (2019) ... Nancy
 2019 Batman: Hush (Video)
Amanda Waller (voice)
 2019 Doc McStuffins (TV Series short)
- Adventures in Baby Land (2019) ... Delilah
 2018 False Profits (TV Movie)
 2016-2018 Milo Murphy's Law (TV Series short)
Dr. Eileen Underwood / Doctor Underwood
- Adventure Buddies/Ride Along Little Doggie (2018) ... Doctor Underwood (voice)
- 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)
 2018 The Legend of Hallowaiian
Fire Goddess (voice)
 2018 Me, Myself and I (TV Series)
Kelly Frasier
- There She Goes (2018) ... Kelly Frasier
- Thanksgiving (2018) ... Kelly Frasier
- Field Trip (2018) ... Kelly Frasier
 2018 Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (Video)
Amanda Waller (voice)
 2017 Modern Family (TV Series)
- The Long Goodbye (2017) ... Rhonda
 2017 Difficult People (TV Series)
- 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)
 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 When Marnie Was There
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 short)
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
 2009 Vanessa Williams: Just Friends (Video short)
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 2009 Vanessa Williams: Close to You (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 2009 Vanessa Williams: Breathless (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 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
 2007 And Then Came Love
 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 Beck and Call (TV Short)
 2004 Johnson Family Vacation
Dorothy Johnson
 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)
- 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
 1998 Vanessa L. Williams & Chayanne: Refugio de Amor (You Are My Home) (Video short)
Vanessa Williams (as Vanessa L. Williams)
 1997 Vanessa Williams: Happiness (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1997 Hoodlum
Francine Hughes
 1997 Soul Food
Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
 1997 The Odyssey (TV Mini-Series)
- Part II (1997) ... Calypso
- Part I (1997) ... Calypso
 1997 Vanessa Williams: Oh How the Years Go By (Video short)
Vanessa Williams (voice)
 1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
- Let He Who Is Without Sin... (1996) ... Arandis
 1996 Vanessa Williams: Where Do We Go from Here? (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1996 Eraser
 1995 Vanessa Williams: Colors of the Wind (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 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 and the Beast (1995) ... Beauty (voice)
 1995 Vanessa Williams: The Way That You Love (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1995 Various Artists: Freedom (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1994 Score with Chicks (Video)
 1994 Vanessa Williams: The Sweetest Days (Romantic Version) (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1994 Vanessa Williams: The Sweetest Days (Urban Version) (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1993 Vanessa Williams Feat. Brian McKnight: Love Is (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1992 Vanessa Williams: What Will I Tell My Heart (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1992 Vanessa Williams: What Child Is This? (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Danny Mitchell
 1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream (TV Mini-Series)
Suzanne de Passe
- Part II (1992) ... Suzanne de Passe
- Part I (1992) ... Suzanne de Passe
 1992 Vanessa Williams: Work to Do (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1992 Vanessa Williams: Just for Tonight (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1992 Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Movie)
 1992 Vanessa Williams: Save the Best for Last, Holiday Version (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1991 Vanessa Williams: Save the Best for Last (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1991 Vanessa Williams: The Comfort Zone (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1991 Vanessa Williams: Running Back to You (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1991 Another You
 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 Vanessa Williams: Darlin' I (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal (TV Movie)
Valentine Hayward
 1988 Vanessa Williams: (He's Got) The Look (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1988 Vanessa Williams: Dreamin' (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1988 Vanessa Williams: The Right Stuff (Video short)
Vanessa Williams
 1988 Under the Gun
Samantha Richards
 1987 The Pick-up Artist
 1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
 1986 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Officer Pat Williamson
- Partners in Death (1986) ... Officer Pat Williamson
 1986 The Redd Foxx Show (TV Series)
- The Prodigal Son (1986) ... Jessica
 1984 Partners in Crime (TV Series)
Roselle Robins
- Celebrity (1984) ... Roselle Robins
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She acted in the musical, "Into the Woods," on Broadway in New York City with John McMartin, Gregg Edelman and Laura Benanti in the cast. James Lapine was director. John Caraffa was choreographer. Douglas W. Schmidt was set designer. Brian MacDevitt was lighting designer. Susan Hilferty was costume designer. Stephen Sondheim ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Miss America 1984 | Vanqueisha De House | Vanessa L. Williams | Vanessa Lynn Williams | Vanessa L Williams


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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My view of a diva, just as a performer, is somebody who gives a brilliant performance and is so amazing that you leap to your feet and you're clapping "Brava, diva". That's how I grew up, that's what my expectations were for excellence. See more »


Attended Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. See more »


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