Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Williams

Date of Birth

Birthday: March 18
Birthplace: Tarrytown, New York

Three-time Primetime Emmy® nominee Vanessa Williams is known for her portrayal of self-absorbed diva “Wilhelmina Slater” on NBC’s Ugly Betty. An accomplished recording artist, Williams sang vocals on “Colors of the Wind” in the Oscar-winning Disney animated feature Pocahontas. She released 8 successful solo albums and had many songs reach the charts, including her most popular hit, “Save The Best for Last.” Williams currently stars as “Renee Perry” on Desperate Housewives.

Three-time Primetime Emmy® nominee Vanessa Williams is known for her portrayal of self-absorbed diva “Wilhelmina Slater” on NBC’s Ugly Betty. An accomplished recording artist, Williams sang vocals on “Colors of the Wind” in the Oscar-winning Disney animated feature Pocahontas. She released 8 successful solo albums and had many songs reach the charts, including her most popular hit, “Save The Best for Last.” Williams currently stars as “Renee Perry” on Desperate Housewives. She has appeared in hit films like Shaft, Eraser and Soulfood and starred in a variety of Broadway plays.

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Awards & Nominations

3 Nominations
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series - 2009
  • Nominee
  • Vanessa Williams, as Wilhelmina Slater
  • Ugly Betty
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series - 2008
  • Nominee
  • Vanessa Williams, as Wilhelmina Slater
  • Ugly Betty
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series - 2007
  • Nominee
  • Vanessa Williams, as Wilhelmina Slater
  • Ugly Betty
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
2017 Daytime Emmy Celebration
2017 Daytime Emmy Celebration
DJ Dubz and Vanessa Williams at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.
Vanessa Williams arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.
Actress Vanessa Williams arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity in the NoHo Arts District.
Marc Cherry and Vanessa Williams at the 62nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, Damages star Glenn Close and Ugly Betty star Vanessa Williams at the 60th Primetime Emmys
Ugly Betty co-star Vanessa Williams at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards
America Ferrera & Vanessa Williams at the 60th Primetime Emmys
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2017 Daytime Emmy Celebration
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Davetta Sherwood and Vanessa Williams attend The Television Academy's 2017 Daytime Television Peer Group Celebration at the Saban Media Center on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, in North Hollywood, California.

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2017 Daytime Emmy Celebration
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Vanessa Williams attends The Television Academy's 2017 Daytime Television Peer Group Celebration at the Saban Media Center on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, in North Hollywood, California.

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DJ Dubz and Vanessa Williams at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.
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DJ Dubz and Vanessa Williams at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.

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Vanessa Williams arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.
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Vanessa Williams arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.

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Actress Vanessa Williams arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity in the NoHo Arts District.
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Actress Vanessa Williams arrives at Dynamic and Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.

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Marc Cherry and Vanessa Williams at the 62nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
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Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, Damages star Glenn Close and Ugly Betty star Vanessa Williams at the 60th Primetime Emmys
Ugly Betty co-star Vanessa Williams at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards
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America Ferrera & Vanessa Williams at the 60th Primetime Emmys
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