Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today, having conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television. Vanessa made her film debut in 1986 in Under the Gun and has starred in features such as Eraser, Hoodlum, Soul Food, Dance With Me, Light It Up, Shaft and Johnson Family Vacation. More recently, her film credits have come to include the independent features, My Brother, Somebody Like You and Disney’s feature film, Hannah Montana: The Movie. On television, Vanessa has starred in such movies and mini-series as Stompin’ at the Savoy, The Boy Who Loved Christmas, The Jacksons: An American Dream, ABC’s revival of Bye, Bye Birdie, Nothing Lasts Forever, The Odyssey, Don Quixote and Keep the Faith, Baby. She executive produced and starred in The Courage to Love for Lifetime and the VH1 Original Movie, A Diva’s Christmas Carol. Vanessa starred in ABC’s critically-acclaimed hit series, Ugly Betty, earning three Emmy nominations as the deliciously wicked Wilhelmina Slater, in addition to numerous individual and ensemble awards and nominations, including SAG, Golden Globes and NAACP Image Awards. In 2010, she moved to Wisteria Lane to stir things up as the newest resident on ABC’s long-running hit, Desperate Housewives, winning an NAACP Image Award helping to carry the show to the end of its 8-year run in 2012. Vanessa will have a character arc in the third season of The Librarians on TNT, and will star in the upcoming scripted drama series Daytime Divas, based on Star Jones’ book “Satan’s Sisters,” premiering June 5, 2017 on VH1.
In 2007, Vanessa achieved a career pinnacle, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments as a performer. In December 2010, the International Foreign Press Academy named Vanessa as the recipient of the 2010 Mary Pickford Award For Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry. The award honors her international achievements and success in film, television, stage and recording over the past 28 years. Her charitable endeavors are many and varied, embracing and supporting such organizations as Special Olympics, The Eye Bank and many others.