Vanessa A. Williams

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Vanessa A. Williams
Nicole Ari-Parker and Vanessa A. Williams.jpg
Williams (left) with Nicole Ari Parker in 2011.
Born (1963-05-12) May 12, 1963 (age 52)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present

Vanessa A. Williams (born May 12, 1963) is an American actress[1] who has appeared in numerous television series. She is best known for her roles as Anne-Marie McCoy in the 1992 horror film Candyman, Rhonda Blair in Melrose Place and as Maxine Chadway on the Showtime cable television series Soul Food. In 1995, she was also a series regular in the television series Murder One.

Though not related, she is sometimes confused with singer-actress (and former Miss America winner) Vanessa L. Williams, and both women were coincidentally born in the same year.

Life and career[edit]

Williams was born in New York City. In an ABC News interview, she stated that her background is from a family of slaves from Georgia and Virginia.[2] After high school she went on to get a bachelor's degree in theater and business management from Marymount Manhattan College. In 1993, she met Andre Wiseman and they began dating, then married in Stuyvesant, New York. They have two sons together.


  •  ; Producer
  • Dense (2004), executive producer & producer
  • Allergic to Nuts (2003), executive producer
  • Driving Fish (2004), co-executive producer


  1. ^ McCann, Bob (2010). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. pp. 362–. ISBN 978-0-7864-3790-0. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Vanessa A. Williams and African Ancestry on ABC News". Youtube/ABC News. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 

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