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Williams in Soul Food.

About Vanessa Williams (1963 – )
Vanessa Williams was born on March 18, 1963 in The Bronx, New York.

Vanessa Lynn Williams goes by the nicknames Van, Ness or V. Williams began entering beauty contests in 1984, eventually winning Miss New York and then becoming the first African-American Miss America, she was forced to resign because of photos in Penthouse magazine.

Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with a promise to "see you on Broadway." Williams landed a recording contract and released several hit albums, including The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest Days.

Vanessa was the first black contestant in the hot seat on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Williams won a Sports Emmy for singing a song about quarterback Joe Montana during an opening sequence on ABC's Monday Night Football. In 2002 Vanessa Williams was nominated for Broadway's 2002 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of Into The Woods.

Since 2001 Vanessa Williams has been doing commercials for Radio Shack with Howie Long and Ving Rhames, and, since 2003, husband Rick Fox. She also does spots for Crest, and a late-night infomercial for skin care product, Proactive Solution.

Vanessa managed to keep her high school promise and performed on Broadway in the musical Kiss Of The Spider Woman, a musical based on the Academy-Award winning film of the same name.

In 1996, Vanessa Williams' first big hit film with the thriller Eraser, co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Vanessa Williams's notable movie credits include...

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
And Then Came Love (2007)
My Brother (2006)
Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
Shaft (2000)
Light It Up (1999)
Dance With Me (1998)
Eraser (1996)
Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man (1991)
Under The Gun (1988)
The Pick Up Artist (1987)

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Vanessa Williams in Eraser (1996).

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Vanessa Williams in Shaft (2000).

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Vanessa Williams in Soul Food.