Vanessa Williams is an American singer, actress, and former beauty pageant titleholder who was born on March 18, 1963, in New York. Williams first gained national attention when she became the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America in 1983. However, she was forced to resign from the title later that year due to the publication of unauthorized nude photographs of her.
Despite this setback, Williams went on to have a successful career in entertainment. She released her debut album, "The Right Stuff," in 1988, which included the hit single "Dreamin'." Williams has since released numerous other albums and received multiple Grammy nominations for her music.
In addition to her music career, Williams has also had a successful acting career, appearing in a number of films and TV shows. Some of her most notable roles include appearances in the films "Soul Food," "Eraser," and "Hannah Montana: The Movie," as well as a recurring role on the TV show "Desperate Housewives." Williams has also received critical acclaim for her performances on Broadway, including her roles in the musicals "Into the Woods" and "The Trip to Bountiful."
Throughout her career, Williams has been recognized for her talent and contributions to entertainment, receiving numerous awards and nominations, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also been involved in various philanthropic and charitable causes, including advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and education.