Vanessa A. Williams

Active - 1989 - Present  |   Born - May 12, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Children's/Family, Horror, Thriller

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Although prominent roles in 1991's New Jack City and 1992's Candyman did much to enhance her Hollywood profile, actress Vanessa Williams is primarily known for her work in television. She is often confused with former Miss America-turned-actress Vanessa L. Williams -- a confusion further fostered by the fact that both actresses appeared in two different productions of Soul Food: Where Vanessa L. Williams starred in the 1997 theatrical release, Vanessa Williams starred in the 2000 Showtime television series based on the film.

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  • Started performing with the New York City Opera's Children's Chorus when she was 11, and remained a member for five years. 
  • Nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special for 2002 made-for-TV drama Our America.
  • Penned a book of prose and poetry titled Shine, and has also had writing published in Essence magazine.
  • Broadway appearances include roles in the musical Sarafina! and the play Mule Bone.