Vanessa Williams

Award Winning Singer and Actress

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At the podium, Williams inspires audiences to recognize when “opportunity unexpectedly knocks at your door.” A devoted mother of four who balances family life with the demands of her entertainment career, she is a shining example of strength, determination, grace, and dignity to women who face adversity while pursuing dreams.

About Vanessa Williams

Having conquered the music and video charts, Broadway, television and motion pictures, Vanessa Williams is one of the most multifaceted performers in entertainment today. She has been nominated for both Grammy and Tony awards, and as an actress has received critical acclaim for her role in the ABC hit Ugly Betty.

Williams launched her recording career with The Right Stuff, which went gold en route to three Grammy Award nominations. There were more Grammy nods to come, highlighted by her 1995 hit single Colors of the Wind from Disney’s Pocahontas—which garnered Academy and Golden Globe awards, as well as the Grammy for Best Song in a Motion Picture. As a recording star, Williams has sold more than four million albums worldwide.

Williams earned an NAACP Image Award for her performance in the 1997 box-office hit Soul Food, and has starred opposite both Arnold Schwarzenegger (in the action thriller Eraser) and Laurence Fishburne (Hoodlum). Other film credits include: Under the Gun, Another You, The Pick-Up Artist and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.

In April 2012, she released a book she co-wrote with her mother, entitled You Have No Idea. In the book, Williams empowers you to embrace the unexpected, remember your self-worth, and accept your path in life—no matter how uncertain it may be.

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  • If Opportunity Knocks, Be Sure to Answer
  • An Evening with Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Williams Nominated for Two NAACP Awards

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