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Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first woman of African-American descent to receive the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in 1983. However, a scandal arose the following year when, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, Williams learned that Penthouse magazine would be publishing unauthorized nude photographs of her in an upcoming issue. Amid growing media controversy and scrutiny, Williams resigned as Miss America in July 1984 (under pressure from the Miss America Organization), and was replaced by first runner-up Miss New Jersey Suzette Charles. Thirty-two years later, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell offered her a public apology (during the Miss America 2016 pageant) for the events of 1984. Williams rebounded from the scandal with a successful career as a singer and actress. In 1988, she released her debut studio album The Right Stuff whose title single saw moderate success before "Dreamin'" peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Her second and third studio albums, The Comfort Zone (1991) and The Sweetest Days (1994), saw continued commercial success and for which she received multiple Grammy Award nominations, including for her number-one hit and signature song, "Save the Best for Last". Her most recent studio albums include Everlasting Love (2005) and The Real Thing (2009). As an actress, Williams enjoyed success on both stage and screen, receiving an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Teri Joseph in the film Soul Food (1997). Her best known television roles are that of Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty (2006–10), for which she was nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Renee Perry on Desperate Housewives (2010–12). She has also starred in films such as Eraser (1996), Soul Food (1997) and Dance with Me (1998).

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Easy [Rhino] [2019]

Easy [Rhino]
SongDuration
Midnight Blue3:47

Total 90s [2010]

Total 90s
SongDuration
Save The Best For Last3:38

At the Movies [2007]

At the Movies
SongDuration
The Way We Were4:31

This Is...Soul [2007]

This Is...Soul
SongDuration
The Right Stuff4:26

'80s Soul Gold [2006]

'80s Soul Gold
SongDuration
The Right Stuff4:28

Best Hits [2004]

Best Hits
SongDuration
Save the Best for Last 

Disney Magic [2004]

Disney Magic
SongDuration
Colors of the Wind4:17

Best of Soul 80s [2003]

Best of Soul 80s
SongDuration
Dreamin'4:21

Greatest Song Book [2003]

Greatest Song Book
SongDuration
Betcha Never4:01

Slow Jams, Vols. 1-2 [2002]

Slow Jams, Vols. 1-2
SongDuration
Dreamin'5:26

Body and Soul: Smooth Jams [2001]

Body and Soul: Smooth Jams
SongDuration
Dreamin'5:27

All for Love [Amherst] [2000]

All for Love [Amherst]
SongDuration
Dreamin'5:25

Isn't She Great [2000]

Isn't She Great
SongDuration
Open Your Heart3:47

Jammin' Grooves [2000]

Jammin' Grooves
SongDuration
Running Back to You4:40

Pure Love [2000]

Pure Love
SongDuration
The Sweetest Days3:31

KHIH 95.7 [1997]

KHIH 95.7
SongDuration
The Sweetest Days3:25

Woman in Love [Polygram] [1996]

Woman in Love [Polygram]
SongDuration
Dreamin'4:23

Women for Women, Vol. 2 [1996]

Women for Women, Vol. 2
SongDuration
Sister Moon5:28

Number 1 Hit Mix [1995]

Number 1 Hit Mix
SongDuration
Love Is 

Slow Jams [SPG] [1995]

Slow Jams [SPG]
SongDuration
Dreamin'5:25

2 Awesome [1993]

2 Awesome
SongDuration
Work to Do 

Beverly Hills, 90210 [1992]

Beverly Hills, 90210
SongDuration
Love Is4:44

Slow Dancin' [1990] [1990]

Slow Dancin' [1990]
SongDuration
Dreamin'5:25

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