Vanessa L. Williams

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Vanessa L. Williams
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Birth name Vanessa Lynn Williams
Born March 18, 1963 in Tarrytown, New York, USA
Sometimes credited as Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984,
Vanessa Williams
Notable Roles Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty
Notable Episodes
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
South Beach Elizabeth Bauer 2006 1
Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater 2006–2010 1 2 3 4
Desperate Housewives Renee Perry 2010–2012 7 8
666 Park Avenue Olivia Doran 2012–2013 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Partners in Crime Roselle Robins 1x01 - Celebrity September 22, 1984
T.J. Hooker Pat Williamson 5x14 - Partners in Death May 7, 1986
The Love Boat Pearl 9x24 - My Stepmother, Myself / Almost Roommates / Cornerback Sneak May 17, 1986
Saturday Night Live Herself/Musical Guest 17x20 - Woody Harrelson/Vanessa Williams May 16, 1992
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Danny Mitchell 3x11 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum November 23, 1992
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Arandis 5x07 - Let He Who Is Without Sin... November 11, 1996
Between Brothers Rebecca 1x11 - The Interview December 18, 1997
Saturday Night Live Herself/Musical Guest 24x09 - Alec Baldwin/Luciano Pavarotti December 12, 1998
L.A. Doctors Dr. Leanne Barrows 1x21 - O Captain, My Captain April 19, 1999
L.A. Doctors Dr. Leanne Barrows 1x22 - Que Sera, Sarah April 26, 1999
L.A. Doctors Dr. Leanne Barrows 1x23 - Every Picture Tells a Story May 3, 1999
Ally McBeal Sheila Hunt 5x19 - Another One Bites the Dust April 29, 2002
Boomtown Katherine Pierce 2x01 - The Love of Money September 26, 2003
Boomtown Katherine Pierce 2x02 - Inadmissible October 3, 2003
Boomtown Katherine Pierce 2x03 - Wannabe unaired
Boomtown Katherine Pierce 2x04 - Haystack unaired
Boomtown Katherine Pierce 2x05 - The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang December 27, 2003
Boomtown Katherine Pierce 2x06 - The Big Picture unaired
The Good Wife Courtney Paige 7x07 - Driven November 15, 2015
The Good Wife Courtney Paige 7x08 - Restraint November 22, 2015
The Good Wife Courtney Paige 7x09 - Discovery November 29, 2015
The Good Wife Courtney Paige 7x10 - KSR December 13, 2015

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
A Diva's Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge December 13, 2000 VH1 Original Movie
Keep the Faith, Baby Hazel Scott February 11, 2002 Showtime Original Movie

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Super Password April 13-17, 1987

Album History

Album Name Release Date
The Right Stuff 1988
The Comfort Zone 1991
The Sweetest Days 1994

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

  • Miss America 1984 until July 23, 1984, when nude photos of her surfaced in Penthouse magazine
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


  • Was married to Ramon Hervey II from 1987 to 1997; three children
  • Was married to Rick Fox from 1999 to 2004; one daughter