Who is Vanessa Williams and what is her net worth 2018? Vanessa Williams is an actress and singer who won the title of Miss America 1984. In the 1980s, she started recording and released her debut album ‘The Right Stuff’ in 1988. Her single ‘Dreamin’’ reached at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. She released many albums after that and has also won multiple award nominations. Vanessa Williams also achieved great success as an actress. She is best known for portraying the role of Wilhelmina Slater on the hit TV series ‘Ugly Betty’. She also appeared in the popular TV series ‘Desperate Housewives’ from 2010 to 2012.
Vanessa Lynn Williams was born on March 18, 1963, in The Bronx, New York. She was born to Helen Tinch and Milton Augustine Williams Jr. Her younger brother Chris is also an actor. Both her parents were music teachers and Williams grew up studying jazz dance, violin, piano and French horn.
She attended the Chappaqua Central School District when she was in 12th grade. In 1981, she joined Syracuse’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Drama. In 1983, she participated in Miss America 1984 and became the first contestant from the African-American community to win the title.
However, several weeks later she relinquished her crown and the title was succeeded by her runner up, Suzette Charles. She completed her graduation in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is sometimes credited as Vanessa L. Williams as there is another actress by the name Vanessa A. Williams.
Vanessa Williams married Ramon Hervey II in 1987. The couple has three children, Melanie, Jillian Hervey and Devin. They split in the year 1997. In 1999, she was married to Rick Fox, an NBA basketball player and has got one daughter (Sasha Gabriella Fox) with him. She divorced Fox in 2004. She then married Jim Skrip in 2015 who is a businessman from New York.
After a gap of four years after giving up her crown, Williams released her debut album in 1988. Her singles, “He’s Got the Look”, “Dreamin’” and “The Right Stuff” found success in the chart lists. It became a platinum sales album in the United States. She released her second album ‘The Comfort Zone’ and it became the biggest triumph in her music career.
The single “Save the Best for Last” peaked at No. 1 on the US chart list. It was also a top song in Australia, Canada, and Netherlands. In 1994, she released her third album ‘The Sweetest Days’. She has released two Christmas albums in 1996 and in 2004.
She first made her TV appearance in 1984 in an episode of ‘The Love Boat’. In 1997, she appeared in the movie Soul Food. Her greatest achievement in Tv till date came in 2006 when she portrayed the role of a comic/villainess in ‘Ugly Betty’. She then joined the cast of ‘Desperate Housewives’ for its seventh season. In 2007, she appeared in the movie ‘My Brother’. Apart from that, she has also appeared in several stage shows.
Vanessa Williams has received numerous awards and nominations in her career. Apart from being Miss America 1984, she has won 7 NAACP Image Awards out of 8 nominations. She has received 11 Grammy nominations and 3 Emmy nominations. She has also received nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Music Awards, Tony Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards.
Vanessa Wiliams Net Worth
Vanessa Williams’s income comes from her acting and singing profession. Apart from TV and movies, she has also done various stage shows. The award winning actress has given platinum sales records and has also ventured into other businesses. She is the owner of the clothing line ‘V. by Vanessa Williams’ which is to EVINE Live. Vanessa Williams’s net worth is an estimated $30 million. She used to charge $100,000 for a single episode in various TV series. She has also done endorsements of various products in her career.
Apart from the entertainment and glamour arena, Vanessa Williams is the co-author of the book ‘You Have No Idea’. She is also involved in many humanitarian causes. Williams is an active supporter of gay rights.