Vanessa Williams

An American pop-R&B recording artist, producer, dancer, model, and actress. In 1983, she became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal involving nude photographs caused her to relinquish her title early. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. Williams released her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988, which spawned the hits "The Right Stuff," a #1 on Hot Dance Songs, and "Dreamin'," a #1 on R&B and #8 on Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album, The Comfort Zone, in 1991 topped the Billboard R&B Album Chart, and spawned the number-one hit, "Save the Best for Last." In 1994 she debuted on Broadway in the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 1995 she recorded the Oscar-winner for Best Original Song, "Colors of the Wind," from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas. It went on to reach #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Williams's first major movie role was as the star of the feature film Eraser in 1996. She also starred in the movies Soul Food, Dance with Me, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Shaft and Johnson Family Vacation. From 2006 to 2010 she played the role of self-absorbed diva and former supermodel Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty. In 2009, Williams released her eighth studio album, The Real Thing. In 2010 she joined the ensemble cast of the series Desperate Housewives as spoiled rich woman Renee Perry.

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Another You (1991)

George has been in a mental hospital for 3 years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con-man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but when people begin to recognise George as a missing millionaire, Eddie wants to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Phillips
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Gene Wilder  •  Mercedes Ruehl  •  Stephen Lang

George has been in a mental hospital for 3 years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con-man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but when people begin to recognise George as a missing millionaire, Eddie wants to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Phillips
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Gene Wilder  •  Mercedes Ruehl  •  Stephen Lang

Eraser (1996)

U.S. Marshall John Kruger erases the identities of people enrolled in the Witness Protection Program. His current assignment is to protect Lee Cullen, who's uncovered evidence that the weapons manufacturer she works for has been selling to terrorist groups. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chuck Russell
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  James Caan  •  Vanessa Williams  •  James Coburn

U.S. Marshall John Kruger erases the identities of people enrolled in the Witness Protection Program. His current assignment is to protect Lee Cullen, who's uncovered evidence that the weapons manufacturer she works for has been selling to terrorist groups. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chuck Russell
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  James Caan  •  Vanessa Williams  •  James Coburn

Futuresport (1999)

In the not too distant future, a new deadly sport is the only way to stop a war that will kill millions. Fix is the creator of the sport, but the spotlight has always been on Ramzey. Now this hothead must use the game to stop the Revolution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest R. Dickerson
CAST:  Dean Cain  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Valerie Chow

In the not too distant future, a new deadly sport is the only way to stop a war that will kill millions. Fix is the creator of the sport, but the spotlight has always been on Ramzey. Now this hothead must use the game to stop the Revolution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest R. Dickerson
CAST:  Dean Cain  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Wesley Snipes  •  Valerie Chow

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)

It's the lawless future, and renegade biker Harley Davidson and his surly cowboy buddy, Marlboro, learn that a corrupt bank is about to foreclose on their friend's bar to further an expanding empire. Harley and Marlboro decide to help by robbing the crooked bank. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Wincer
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Don Johnson  •  Chelsea Field  •  Daniel Baldwin

It's the lawless future, and renegade biker Harley Davidson and his surly cowboy buddy, Marlboro, learn that a corrupt bank is about to foreclose on their friend's bar to further an expanding empire. Harley and Marlboro decide to help by robbing the crooked bank. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Wincer
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Don Johnson  •  Chelsea Field  •  Daniel Baldwin

Johnson Family Vacation (2004)

Nate Johnson, a Los Angeles man estranged from his wife and three children, decides to reconnect with his family by taking them with him on a road trip to Missouri for a big family reunion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Erskin
CAST:  Cedric the Entertainer  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Steve Harvey  •  Shari Headley

Nate Johnson, a Los Angeles man estranged from his wife and three children, decides to reconnect with his family by taking them with him on a road trip to Missouri for a big family reunion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Erskin
CAST:  Cedric the Entertainer  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Steve Harvey  •  Shari Headley

Shaft (2000)

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Christian Bale  •  Busta Rhymes

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)

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Elmo loves his fuzzy, well-worn blue blanket more than anything in the whole world. Elmo's blanket gets sucked into colorful, swirling tunnel into Grouchland, the yuckiest place on earth. Elmo goes on an adventure to Grouchland to retrieve his blanket.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Halvorson
CAST:  Kevin Clash  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Sonia Manzano

Elmo loves his fuzzy, well-worn blue blanket more than anything in the whole world. Elmo's blanket gets sucked into colorful, swirling tunnel into Grouchland, the yuckiest place on earth. Elmo goes on an adventure to Grouchland to retrieve his blanket.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Halvorson
CAST:  Kevin Clash  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Sonia Manzano

Soul Food (1997)

Traditional Sunday dinners at Mama Joe's (Irma P. Hall) turn sour when sisters Teri (Vanessa L. Williams), Bird (Nia Long) and Maxine (Vivica A. Fox) start bringing their problems to the dinner table in this ensemble comedy. When tragedy strikes, it's up to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Tillman, Jr.
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Nia Long  •  Michael Beach  •  Mekhi Phifer

Traditional Sunday dinners at Mama Joe's (Irma P. Hall) turn sour when sisters Teri (Vanessa L. Williams), Bird (Nia Long) and Maxine (Vivica A. Fox) start bringing their problems to the dinner table in this ensemble comedy. When tragedy strikes, it's up to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Tillman, Jr.
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Nia Long  •  Michael Beach  •  Mekhi Phifer

Hoodlum (1997)

In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running 'the numbers'. When Madam Queen—the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem—is arrested, Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson takes over the business and must resist an invasion from a merciless mobster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Tim Roth  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Andy García

In 1934, the second most lucrative business in New York City was running 'the numbers'. When Madam Queen—the powerful woman who runs the scam in Harlem—is arrested, Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson takes over the business and must resist an invasion from a merciless mobster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Duke
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Tim Roth  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Andy García

Under the Gun (1988)

A St. Louis cop, Mike Braxton (Sam Jones), receives an urgent call for help from his brother Tony (Nick Cassavetes), a small time thief in Los Angeles. Mike rushes to LA and finds that his brother has been murdered and his brother Tony's girlfriend gunned down ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Sbardellati
CAST:  Sam J. Jones  •  Vanessa Williams  •  John Russell  •  Michael Halsey

A St. Louis cop, Mike Braxton (Sam Jones), receives an urgent call for help from his brother Tony (Nick Cassavetes), a small time thief in Los Angeles. Mike rushes to LA and finds that his brother has been murdered and his brother Tony's girlfriend gunned down ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Sbardellati
CAST:  Sam J. Jones  •  Vanessa Williams  •  John Russell  •  Michael Halsey

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Lennon  •  Ed Bell
CAST:  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ruby Dee  •  LaTanya Richardson Jackson

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Lennon  •  Ed Bell
CAST:  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ruby Dee  •  LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Nothing Lasts Forever (1995)

Story of the personal lives and careers of three female doctors, from different backgrounds and walks of life, who work at a San Francisco county hospital.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Bender
CAST:  Gail O'Grady  •  Brooke Shields  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Gregory Harrison

Story of the personal lives and careers of three female doctors, from different backgrounds and walks of life, who work at a San Francisco county hospital.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Bender
CAST:  Gail O'Grady  •  Brooke Shields  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Gregory Harrison

Stompin' at the Savoy (1992)

As the Harlem Renaissance flourishes in jazzy New York City, Pauline, Esther and Alice struggle to survive. By day, they toil at dreary jobs, dreaming of stardom, riches and happiness. By night, they dance their troubles away at the famous Savoy Ballroom. But when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Debbie Allen
CAST:  Lynn Whitfield  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Jasmine Guy  •  Mario Van Peebles

As the Harlem Renaissance flourishes in jazzy New York City, Pauline, Esther and Alice struggle to survive. By day, they toil at dreary jobs, dreaming of stardom, riches and happiness. By night, they dance their troubles away at the famous Savoy Ballroom. But when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Debbie Allen
CAST:  Lynn Whitfield  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Jasmine Guy  •  Mario Van Peebles

He's Way More Famous Than You (2013)

When once-up-and-coming indie film starlet Halley Feiffer loses her boyfriend, her agent and her career in one fell swoop she finally realizes that something in her life has got to change... she has to become WAY MORE FAMOUS! Armed with a stolen script and two ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Urie
CAST:  Halley Feiffer  •  Ryan Spahn  •  Michael Chernus  •  Tracee Chimo

When once-up-and-coming indie film starlet Halley Feiffer loses her boyfriend, her agent and her career in one fell swoop she finally realizes that something in her life has got to change... she has to become WAY MORE FAMOUS! Armed with a stolen script and two ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Urie
CAST:  Halley Feiffer  •  Ryan Spahn  •  Michael Chernus  •  Tracee Chimo

A Mother's Love (2011)

Regina Reynolds is a strong black woman in the truest sense -- but her taste for the good life doesn't necessarily include her husband, Marcus, or her daughter, Monica. It's going to take a mother's unconditional love to pray Regina down to earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Alexander
CAST:  Rolonda Watts  •  Amentha Dymally  •  Julian Starks  •  Salina Duplessis

Regina Reynolds is a strong black woman in the truest sense -- but her taste for the good life doesn't necessarily include her husband, Marcus, or her daughter, Monica. It's going to take a mother's unconditional love to pray Regina down to earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Alexander
CAST:  Rolonda Watts  •  Amentha Dymally  •  Julian Starks  •  Salina Duplessis

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)

A marriage counselor's personal and professional life becomes complicated after she enters into a relationship with one of her clients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Kim Kardashian West  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Brandy Norwood  •  Jurnee Smollett

A marriage counselor's personal and professional life becomes complicated after she enters into a relationship with one of her clients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tyler Perry
CAST:  Kim Kardashian West  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Brandy Norwood  •  Jurnee Smollett

Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (1990)

Perry Mason defends the husband of a famous rock singer who was found being killed after having had a tremendous discussion with her husband and her manager.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Satlof
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William R. Moses  •  Tim Reid

Perry Mason defends the husband of a famous rock singer who was found being killed after having had a tremendous discussion with her husband and her manager.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Satlof
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William R. Moses  •  Tim Reid

Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards (2005)

Broadway royalty and Tony-winners Tommy Tune, Carol Channing, Robert Goulet, and Harvey Fierstein are your hosts for this third compilation of great musical performances from the archives of the Tony Award® broadcasts. Legendary stars from legendary shows strut ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher A. Cohen
CAST:  Gwen Verdon  •  Carol Channing  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Ray Walston

Broadway royalty and Tony-winners Tommy Tune, Carol Channing, Robert Goulet, and Harvey Fierstein are your hosts for this third compilation of great musical performances from the archives of the Tony Award® broadcasts. Legendary stars from legendary shows strut ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher A. Cohen
CAST:  Gwen Verdon  •  Carol Channing  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Ray Walston

Bye Bye Birdie (1995)

In 1995, ABC presented a telemovie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie produced by RHI Entertainment. It starred Seinfeld's Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams of Desperate Housewives. While this version remained mostly faithful to the original ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Saks
CAST:  Jason Alexander  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Chynna Phillips  •  Tyne Daly

In 1995, ABC presented a telemovie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie produced by RHI Entertainment. It starred Seinfeld's Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams of Desperate Housewives. While this version remained mostly faithful to the original ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Saks
CAST:  Jason Alexander  •  Vanessa Williams  •  Chynna Phillips  •  Tyne Daly

The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)

A sweet, poignant story about young Reggie (Trent Cameron), an orphan who is just about to be adopted by a jazz musician (Michael Warren) and his wife (Vanessa Williams). Tragically, right as the adoption is almost done, Williams dies in a car accident and a social ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Trent Cameron  •  Cicely Tyson  •  Michael Warren  •  Sammy Davis Jr.

A sweet, poignant story about young Reggie (Trent Cameron), an orphan who is just about to be adopted by a jazz musician (Michael Warren) and his wife (Vanessa Williams). Tragically, right as the adoption is almost done, Williams dies in a car accident and a social ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Trent Cameron  •  Cicely Tyson  •  Michael Warren  •  Sammy Davis Jr.
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