Vanessa Williams

Biography: This stunning singer-actress has enjoyed a long and illustrious entertainment career. Her parents, both high school music teachers, instilled in her a love of the arts from a young age, and her artistic interests led her to study musical theater in college. She soon was invited to participate in the Miss Greater Syracuse Pageant, which resulted in her competing to be Miss America. In 1983, the 20-year-old Williams made history when she became the first African-American to be crowned Miss America. The next year, she was forced to relinquish her crown when nude photos from her past resurfaced and were published in Penthouse. Instead of slinking away into obscurity, Williams fought back and continued to pursue her aspirations as a singer and actress. She made her off-Broadway debut in the musical One Man Band in 1985 and two years later appeared in the film The Pick-Up Artist. Her debut album, The Right Stuff, boosted her rising music career and she earned three Grammy nominationsThis stunning singer-actress has enjoyed a long and illustrious entertainment career. Her parents, both high school music teachers, instilled in her a love of the arts from a young age, and her artistic interests led her to study musical theater in college. She soon was invited to participate in the Miss Greater Syracuse Pageant, which resulted in her competing to be Miss America. In 1983, the 20-year-old Williams made history when she became the first African-American to be crowned Miss America. The next year, she was forced to relinquish her crown when nude photos from her past resurfaced and were published in Penthouse. Instead of slinking away into obscurity, Williams fought back and continued to pursue her aspirations as a singer and actress. She made her off-Broadway debut in the musical One Man Band in 1985 and two years later appeared in the film The Pick-Up Artist. Her debut album, The Right Stuff, boosted her rising music career and she earned three Grammy nominations plus the respect of the entertainment industry. Her second album, The Comfort Zone, proved even more successful. By the late '80s, she was a veritable pop princess with hits like "Save the Best for Last," "Dreamin'" and "Colors of the Wind." Concurrently, she made a name for herself as an actress, appearing on both the big and small screens, notably in the small-screen adaptation of the musical Bye Bye Birdie, the big-budget action flick Eraser and the campy TV-movie A Diva's Christmas Carol, in which she gave a deliciously villainous turn as a female Ebenezer Scrooge. The overachieving beauty simultaneously managed to raise four children and conquer Broadway, taking over the title role in Kiss of the Spider Woman and earning a Tony as a glamorous witch in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods. Williams regularly exuded confidence and sophistication and seemed to relish playing bad girls. The chance to portray a master manipulator arose again when she landed the showy role of scheming fashion editor Wilhelmina Slater on the ABC series Ugly Betty in 2006. Though a critical success, the series ended after four seasons, and Williams returned to her roots by releasing an album, The Real Thing, and joining the cast of the Broadway revue Sondheim on Sondheim. Expand

Vanessa Williams' Scores

Average career score: 64
Highest Metascore: 99 Murder One: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 29 South Beach: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
18 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Days of our Lives: Season 56 Sep 21, 2020 Vanessa Williams tbd
tbd Days of our Lives: Season 55 Sep 23, 2019 Valerie Grant tbd
tbd The Talk: Season 10 Sep 9, 2019 Host / Vanessa L. Williams tbd
tbd Match Game: Season 4 Jan 9, 2019 Panelist tbd
tbd Days of our Lives: Season 54 Sep 24, 2018 Valerie Grant tbd
tbd The Talk: Season 9 Sep 10, 2018 Host / Vanessa L. Williams tbd
tbd RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Season 3 Jan 25, 2018 Judge tbd
tbd Modern Family: Season 9 Sep 27, 2017 Actor 7.4
57 Me, Myself and I: Season 1 Sep 25, 2017 Kelly Fraiser / Kelly Frasier 6.4
tbd Days of our Lives: Season 53 Sep 25, 2017 Valerie Grant tbd
87 Difficult People: Season 3 Aug 8, 2017 Trish 7.7
53 Daytime Divas: Season 1 Jun 5, 2017 Maxine Robinson 7.3
tbd The Librarians (2014): Season 3 Nov 20, 2016 General Cynthia Rockwell 6.7
tbd The Talk: Season 7 Sep 12, 2016 Guest tbd
tbd The View: Season 20 Sep 6, 2016 Guest tbd
tbd Cold Case: Season 4 Feb 8, 2016 Crystal Stacy 7.5
81 The Flash (2014): Season 2 Oct 6, 2015 Francine / Vanessa A. Williams 7.4
tbd The Good Wife: Season 7 Oct 4, 2015 Courtney Boalt / Courtney Paige 7.6
tbd The Wendy Williams Show: Season 8 Sep 14, 2015 Guest tbd
tbd The Queen Latifah Show (2013): Season 2 Sep 15, 2014 Guest tbd
tbd The View: Season 17 Sep 9, 2013 Herself / Guest tbd
tbd The Chew: Season 3 Sep 9, 2013 Guest tbd
62 666 Park Avenue: Season 1 Sep 30, 2012 Olivia Doran / Olivia Doran 7.2
42 Katie: Season 1 Sep 10, 2012 Guest 1.8
tbd The Chew: Season 2 Sep 10, 2012 Guest tbd
tbd The Talk: Season 3 Sep 10, 2012 Guest tbd
tbd The View: Season 16 Sep 4, 2012 Guest tbd
tbd Jimmy Kimmel Live: Season 10 Jan 4, 2012 Guest tbd
tbd Piers Morgan Tonight: Season 2 Jan 2, 2012 Guest tbd
tbd Desperate Housewives: Season 8 Sep 25, 2011 Renee Perry / Renee Perry 8.5