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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams is an American singer, actress, and ex-model. She became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America in 1983. After that, Vanessa Williams made her mark as a model, singer, songwriter, and actor. Though the Miss America title helped kick-start her career, death threats and hate mails made her life difficult. Eventually, she relinquished her title to dodge the threats. After her modeling career, Williams became a singer, and her debut album, "The Right Stuff," had commercial success on the R&B charts. It led to the release of eight more studio albums, each highly successful. Following her thriving musical career, she launched herself as an actor in theater, film, and television.

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Queen of the Universe (2021)
Starring as Judge (7 episodes)
Capital One College Bowl (2021)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
Girls5eva (2021)
Guest starring as Nance Trace (2 episodes)
Kenan (2021)
Guest starring as Tasha
  • Episode 1x10: Hair Show (Apr 27, 2021) [Special Guest Star]
How's Your Head, Hun? with Michelle Visage (2020)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams (2 episodes)
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (2020)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
  • Episode 1x02: Rusical (May 1, 2020)
Twenties (2020)
Guest starring as Angela
First Wives Club (2019)
Guest starring as Nancy
T.O.T.S. (2019)
Starring as Captain Beakman
Me, Myself & I (2017)
Guest starring as Kelly Fraiser (3 episodes)
Daytime Divas (2017)
Starring as Maxine Robinson
Live with Kelly & Ryan (2017)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
Milo Murphy's Law (2016)
Starring as Eileen Underwood
Difficult People (2015)
Guest starring as Trish
The Librarians (2014)
Guest starring as General Cynthia Rockwell (4 episodes)
Broad City (2014)
Guest starring as Elizabeth Carlton
The Haunting Of... (2012)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars (2012)
Guest starring as Judge
666 Park Avenue (2012)
Starring as Olivia Doran (13 episodes)
The Mindy Project (2012)
Guest starring as Dr. Suzanne Phillips
The Talk (2011)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams (13 episodes)
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
Modern Family (2009)
Guest starring as Rhonda
The Good Wife (2009)
Guest starring as Courtney Paige (4 episodes)
  • Episode 7x10: KSR (Dec 13, 2015)
  • Episode 7x09: Discovery (Nov 29, 2015)
  • Episode 7x08: Restraint (Nov 22, 2015)
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Watch What Happens Live (2009)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
Royal Pains (2009)
Guest starring as Olympia Houston (2 episodes)
RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
Guest starring as Judge
Ugly Betty (2006)
Starring as Wilhelmina Slater (2 episodes)
South Beach (2006)
Starring as Elizabeth Bauer (8 episodes)
Desperate Housewives (2004)
Starring as Renee Perry
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
Boomtown (2002)
Guest starring as Detective Katherine Pierce (6 episodes)
Ally McBeal (1997)
Guest starring as Sheila Hunt
The View (1997)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
The Odyssey (1997)
Starring as Calypso (2 episodes)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
Guest starring as Beauty
The Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams (3 episodes)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
Guest starring as Arandis
American Experience (1988)
Guest starring as Narrator
Partners in Crime (1984)
Guest starring as Roselle Robins
A Capitol Fourth (1980)
Starring as Host (2 episodes)
The Love Boat (1977)
Guest starring as Miss America 1984
Guest starring as Pearl
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams (2 episodes)
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as Vanessa Williams (2 episodes)
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