Vanessa A. Williams
|Vanessa A. Williams|
Williams (left) with Nicole Ari Parker in 2011.
May 12, 1963 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
Vanessa A. Williams (born May 12, 1963) is an American actress 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 the first season of Fox prime time soap opera, Melrose Place and as Maxine Chadway on the Showtime black soap opera, Soul Food. In 1995, she was also a series regular in the television series Murder One.
Life and career
Williams was born in New York City. 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. In an ABC News interview, she stated that her background is from a family of slaves from Georgia and Virginia. After high school she went on to get a bachelor's degree in theater and business management from Marymount Manhattan College.
In 1993, Williams met Andre Wiseman and they began dating, then married in Stuyvesant, New York. They have two sons together.
|1989||Dream Street||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1990||Law & Order||Vera||Episode: "Happily Ever After"|
|1991||New Jack City||Keisha|
|1989, 1991||The Cosby Show||Cheryl / Jade||4 episodes|
|1992||Candyman||Anne-Marie McCoy||Nominated — Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1992-1993||Melrose Place||Rhonda Blair||Series regular, 32 episodes|
|1995||NYPD Blue||Kira||Episode: "Don We Now Our Gay Apparel"|
|1995||Living Single||Hellura||Episode: "Another Saturday Night"|
|1996||Buddies||Janice Rollins||Episode: "Marry Me... Sort Of"|
|1995-1996||Murder One||Lila||Series regular, 23 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1996)
|1996||Malcolm & Eddie||Stephanie||Episode: "Big Brother Is Watching"|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Dr. Grace Carr||6 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1997)
|1997||Between Brothers||Rebecca||Episode: "The Interview"|
|1997||A Woman of Color||Television film|
|1998||The Pretender||Denise Clements||Episode: "Collateral Damage"|
|1998||The Steve Harvey Show||Nina||Episode: "Rent"|
|1999||Total Recall 2070||Dr. Violet Whims||Episode: "Self-Inflicted"|
|1999||Incognito||Wilhelmina Hunter||Television film|
|2000||Playing with Fire||Riana Roberts||Television film|
|2002||Our America||Sandra Williams||Television film
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable
|2002||Baby of the Family||Gloria|
|2000-2004||Soul Food||Maxine Chadway||Series regular, 74 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2003)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2001, 2004-05)
|2007||Cold Case||Crystal Stacy||Episode: "Shuffle, Ball Change"|
|2007||Ice Spiders||Dr. April Sommers||Television film|
|2008||Flirting with Forty||Kristine||Television film
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
|2009||Contradictions of the Heart||Lea||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Knight Rider||Ambassador Olara Kumali||Episodes: "Don't Stop the Knight" and "Day Turns Into Knight"|
|2009||Everybody Hates Chris||Tallulah Lafitte||Episode: "Everybody Hates Bomb Threats"|
|2009||Imagine That||Lori Strother|
|2008-2009||Lincoln Heights||Naomi Bradshaw||Episodes: "Ode to Joy" and "Bully for You"|
|2011||A Mother's Love||Rochelle Richardson|
|2012||Sugar Mommas||Lynn||Television film|
|2012||Raising Izzie||Tonya Freeman||Television film
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress: T.V. Movie/Cable
|2014||Men, Money & Gold Diggers||Sandra WInslow||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Crossed the Line||Juice||Direct-to-video|
- 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.
- Vanessa Williams
- "Vanessa A. Williams and African Ancestry on ABC News". Youtube/ABC News. Retrieved 2013-12-12.