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Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American actress, singer and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first African-American
African-American
recipient of the Miss America
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
Miss America
CEO Sam Haskell offered her a public apology (during the Miss America
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
Billboard Hot 100
chart in the United States. Her second and third studio albums, The Comfort Zone (1991) and The Sweetest Days
The Sweetest Days
(1994), saw continued commercial success and for which she received multiple Grammy Award
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
Wilhelmina Slater
on Ugly Betty (2006–10), for which she was nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Renee Perry
Renee Perry
on Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
(2010–12). She has also starred in films such as Eraser (1996), Soul Food (1997) and Dance with Me (1998).

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Name 3 Miss America 4 Entertainment and fashion

4.1 Music 4.2 Television and film 4.3 Theatre 4.4 Additional roles 4.5 Fashion

5 Personal life 6 Honors and awards 7 Discography 8 Filmography

8.1 Film 8.2 Television

9 Book 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

Early life and education[edit] Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in The Bronx, New York,[1] with a birth announcement that read: "Here she is: Miss America."[2][3] Later in life, she participated in a DNA
DNA
test with the following results: 23% from Ghana, 17% from the British Isles
British Isles
(specifically English, Welsh and Irish), 15% from Cameroon, 12% Finnish, 11% Southern European, 7% from Togo, 6% from Benin, 5% from Senegal, and 4% Portuguese.[4] Her maternal great-great grandfather was William A. Feilds, an African-American
African-American
legislator in the Tennessee House of Representatives.[5][6] Her mother Helen Tinch met her father Milton Augustine Williams Jr. (1935–2006) while both were music education students at Fredonia State Teachers College in the late 1950s.[7] They both became elementary school music teachers after marriage, though their teaching positions were in separate districts.[7] Milton also served as the assistant principal of his school for an extended period of time.[8] Williams was raised Roman Catholic, the religion of her father. Her mother, who had been raised Baptist, converted to Catholicism when she got married. Williams was baptized at Our Lady of Grace Church in the Bronx. Her mother played the organ at St. Theresa's Church in Briarcliff Manor for weddings and at mass, and Williams used to assist her mother by turning the pages of sheet music.[2] Williams and her younger brother Chris (who would later become an actor) grew up in a predominantly white middle-class suburb of New York City.[3] Williams believes she may have been the first African-American
African-American
student to go from the first grade to the 12th grade in the Chappaqua Central School District.[6] A child of music teachers, Williams grew up in a musical household, studying classical and jazz dance, French horn, piano, and violin.[1][2] She was offered the Presidential Scholarship for Drama to attend Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University
during the college application period, (one of 12 students to receive it) but decided instead to attend Syracuse University[1] on a different scholarship.[9] Thus, in 1981, Williams joined Syracuse's College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Drama as a musical theater major.[9][10] She stayed at Syracuse through her sophomore year until she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983.[10] Twenty-five years later in May 2008, Syracuse granted Williams a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[11] According to Syracuse News, "Williams earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and her substantial performances on stage and screen."[10] Williams also delivered the 2008 convocation address, telling Syracuse seniors to "treasure this moment. These days are irreplaceable and are the beginning of the rest of your life."[12] Name[edit] Williams is most often referenced and publicly recognized simply as "Vanessa Williams." There is, however, occasional confusion with the similarly named actress Vanessa A. Williams, who is just two months younger. It has been reported that Williams first became aware of Vanessa A. in the 1980s when her New York University
New York University
registrar told her that another, similarly aged student with the same name and from the same state had applied.[13][14] When Williams appeared as Miss America in a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Vanessa A. accidentally received her check for the appearance, which she returned.[13] In the area of acting, the two ran into name conflict when Screen Actors Guild rules prohibited duplicate stage naming. Vanessa A. had registered the name "Vanessa Williams" first,[13] so as a compromise, Williams was occasionally credited as "Vanessa L. Williams" in acting credits. To compound the confusion, both actresses starred in versions of the drama Soul Food (Williams in the film version, and Vanessa A. in its TV series adaptation). The Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
eventually took the issue to arbitration and decided both actresses could use the professional name "Vanessa Williams".[14] Miss America[edit]

Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
at the conclusion of her performance of "Oh How the Years Go By" at Miss America
Miss America
2016

Main article: Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
and Miss America Williams was the first African American
African American
recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983. Several weeks before the end of her reign, however, a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published unauthorized nude photographs of her. Williams was pressured to relinquish her title, and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Miss New Jersey
Miss New Jersey
1983, Suzette Charles. Thirty-two years later, in September 2015, when Williams served as head judge for the Miss America
Miss America
2016 pageant, former Miss America
Miss America
CEO Sam Haskell made a public apology to her for the events of 1984.[15][16][17][18][19] Entertainment and fashion[edit] Music[edit] Williams first received public recognition for her musical abilities when she won the preliminary talent portion of the Miss America pageant with her rendition of "Happy Days Are Here Again" (Williams would later be crowned Miss America
Miss America
1984).[15] Four years later in 1988, Williams released her debut album, The Right Stuff.[1] The first single, "The Right Stuff", found success on the R&B chart, while the second single, "He's Got the Look", found similar success on the same chart. The third single, "Dreamin'", was a pop hit, becoming Williams' first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 8, and her first number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album reached platinum status in the U.S. and earned her a NAACP Image Award and three Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nominations, including one for Best New Artist.[1] Her second album The Comfort Zone became the biggest success in her music career.[1] The lead single "Running Back to You" reached top twenty on the Hot 100, and the top position of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on October 5, 1991. Other singles included "The Comfort Zone" (#2 R&B), "Just for Tonight" (#26 Pop), a cover of The Isley Brothers' "Work to Do" (#3 R&B), and the club-only hit "Freedom Dance (Get Free!)." The most successful single from the album, as well as her biggest hit to date, is "Save the Best for Last". It reached No. 1 in the United States, where it remained for five weeks, as well as No. 1 in Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada, and was in the top 5 in Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The album sold 2.2 million copies in the U.S. at its time of release and has since been certified triple platinum in the United States
United States
by the RIAA, gold in Canada by the CRIA, and platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI. The Comfort Zone earned Williams five Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nominations.[1] The Sweetest Days, her third album, was released in 1994 to highly-favorable reviews.[1] The album saw Williams branch out and sample other styles of music that included jazz, hip hop, rock, and Latin-themed recordings such as "Betcha Never" and "You Can't Run", both written and produced by Babyface. Other singles from the album included the adult-contemporary and dance hit "The Way That You Love" and the title track. The album was certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA and earned her two Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nominations.[1] Other releases include two Christmas albums, Star Bright in 1996, and Silver & Gold in 2004; Next in 1997, and Everlasting Love in 2005, along with a greatest-hits compilation released in 1998, and a host of other compilations released over the years.[1] Notable chart performances from subsequent albums, motion picture and television soundtracks have included the songs "Love Is", which was a duet with Brian McKnight, the Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning "Colors of the Wind", "Where Do We Go from Here?", and "Oh How the Years Go By".[1] Television and film[edit]

Williams at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City

Williams has had a successful career in television. Her first television appearance was on a 1984 episode of The Love Boat[20] followed by guest appearances in a number of popular shows. In 1995, Williams starred as Rose Alvarez in a television adaptation of the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie and portrayed the nymph Calypso in the 1997 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries The Odyssey. In 2001, Williams starred in the Lifetime cable movie about the life of Henriette DeLille, The Courage to Love
The Courage to Love
and in 2003, Williams read the narrative of Tempie Herndon Durham from the WPA slave narratives in the HBO
HBO
documentary Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. In 2006, Williams received considerable media attention for her comic/villainess role as former model/magazine creative director turned editor-in-chief Wilhelmina Slater
Wilhelmina Slater
in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty.[1] Her performance on the series resulted in a nomination for outstanding supporting actress at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards[21] and in 2008 and 2009, she was nominated in the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series category for Ugly Betty.[1] Williams next joined the cast of Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
for its seventh season, where she portrayed Renee Perry, an old college "frenemy" of Lynette Scavo
Lynette Scavo
(Felicity Huffman).[22] In 2016, she joined the cast of The Librarians, as recurring villainess General Rockwell.[23] She is scheduled to star as Maxine on the VH1
VH1
television series Daytime Divas
Daytime Divas
in June 2017.[24][25] Williams has also appeared in a number of feature films. She received a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
for her portrayal of Teri Joseph for the 1997 feature film Soul Food. In 2007, she starred in the independent film My Brother,[26] for which she won Best Actress honors at the Harlem International Film Festival, the African-American
African-American
Women in Cinema Film Festival, and at the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Festival. She also notably co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
in Eraser,[27] Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
in the 2000 remake of Shaft, the characters from Sesame Street
Sesame Street
in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (as the Queen of Trash), and with Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
in Hannah Montana: The Movie.[28] Theatre[edit] Williams began her career on stage in the 1985 production, One Man Band, as one of "the women."[29] She followed it in 1989 as "Laura" in Checkmates.[30] In 1994, she broadened her ascendant music career into a theatrical role when she was cast as the understudy for Aurora in the Broadway production of Kiss of the Spider Woman.[31] In 1998, she portrayed Della Green in the revival of St. Louis Woman, [32] and Carmen Jones in the 2002 Kennedy Center Special
Special
Performance of Carmen Jones.[33] In the same year, she was also featured in the Tony/Drama Desk Award winning revival production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, for which she was nominated a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her performance as the Witch. This production included songs revised for her.[34] In 2010, Vanessa starred in a new Broadway musical revue entitled Sondheim on Sondheim, a look at Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
through his music, film and videotaped interviews. Sondheim ran from March 19 to June 13 at Studio 54
Studio 54
in New York City.[35] In 2013, she starred as Jessie Mae Watts in the Horton Foote play The Trip to Bountiful, which was later turned into a 2014 television film.[36] In 2014, she starred in the Broadway musical, After Midnight[37] and in 2015 she appeared in a PBS production of Show Boat
Show Boat
as Julie La Verne.[38] Additional roles[edit] Williams served as the host of the 1994 Essence Awards,[39] co-host of Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz
Jazz
Masters: Verve Records at 50,[40] host of the 1998 NAACP Image Awards,[41] host of the 2002 documentary, It's Black Entertainment, host of The 6th Annual TV Land Awards
TV Land Awards
in 2007,[42] host of the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2009,[43] and finally host of the documentary Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation (2009). Williams is a spokesmodel for Proactiv Solution,[44] and was the first African-American
African-American
spokesmodel for L'Oréal
L'Oréal
cosmetics in the late 1990s.[45] She appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2000 as a contestant, and once again on August 10, 2009, as a celebrity guest during the show's 10th anniversary prime-time special editions, winning $50,000 for her charity.[46][47] In a commercial that began running during Super Bowl XLVI
Super Bowl XLVI
in 2012, Williams voiced the new character Ms. Brown, a brown M&M.[48] Fashion[edit] In March 2016, Williams launched her own clothing line, V. by Vanessa Williams for EVINE Live.[49] Personal life[edit] Williams and her mother Helen co-authored a memoir entitled You Have No Idea, published in April 2012. In the book, Williams discusses her childhood, rise to fame, and personal struggles (including life with type 1 diabetes), including the fact that she was sexually molested by a woman when she was 10 years old.[50][51] She also spoke candidly about having an abortion while she was in high school.[52] Williams is a Roman Catholic, something she spoke about on the ABC News program, Focus On Faith with Father Edward L. Beck.[2] Williams is also involved with a number of humanitarian causes. She is a supporter of gay rights and same sex marriage, and in 2011 she participated in a human rights campaign entitled “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality".[53] She is also partnered with Dress For Success, an organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process.[25][54] In addition, Williams is involved with The San Miquel Academy of Newburgh, a school for boys at risk.[55] Williams has been married three times. She married her first husband, Ramon Hervey II,[56][57] at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church[58] in 1987[59][60] just a few years after giving up her crown, and gave birth to her first child at this time. Hervey was a public relations specialist who had been hired to resuscitate her career after her resignation as Miss America
Miss America
in July 1984.[59][61][62] They have three children (Melanie, Jillian Hervey, and Devin)[63] and divorced in 1997.[64][65] She then married NBA basketball player Rick Fox
Rick Fox
in 1999. They have one daughter, Sasha Gabriella Fox,[63][66] and divorced in 2004.[1][67][68] In 2015, Williams married Jim Skrip, a businessman from Buffalo, New York.[69][70][71] Her daughter Jillian Hervey
Jillian Hervey
is an American singer, dancer and member of the group Lion Babe. Honors and awards[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Vanessa Williams Williams is the recipient of many awards and nominations including Grammy nominations for hits such as "The Right Stuff", "Save the Best for Last", and "Colors of the Wind". In addition, she has earned multiple Emmy nominations, a Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination, seven NAACP Image Awards, and four Satellite Awards. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
on March 19, 2007.[72] Discography[edit] Main article: Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
discography

Studio albums

1988: The Right Stuff 1991: The Comfort Zone 1994: The Sweetest Days 1996: Star Bright 1997: Next 2004: Silver & Gold 2005: Everlasting Love 2009: The Real Thing

Filmography[edit] Source (unless otherwise specified): Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
at AllMovie
AllMovie
Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1987 Pick-up Artist, TheThe Pick-up Artist Rae, girl with dog

1988 Under the Gun Samantha Richards

1991 Another You Gloria

1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Lulu Daniels

1996 Eraser Dr. Lee Cullen

1997 Soul Food Teri Joseph

1997 Hoodlum Francine Hughes

1998 Dance with Me Ruby Sinclair

1999 Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, TheThe Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Queen of Trash

1999 Light It Up Detective Audrey McDonald

2000 Diva's Christmas Carol, AA Diva's Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge

2000 Shaft Carmen Vasquez

2004 Johnson Family Vacation Dorothy Johnson

2006 My Brother L'Tisha Morton

2007 And Then Came Love Julie Davidson

2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Vita

2011 Delhi Safari Beggum (voice) English version

2012 He's Way More Famous Than You Herself

2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Janice

2014 When Marnie Was There Hisako (voice) English version

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1984 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Herself Episode: "Ace's Valet; Mother Comes First; Hit or Miss America"

1984 Partners in Crime Roselle Robins Episode: "Celebrity"[73]

1986 Redd Foxx Show, TheThe Redd Foxx Show Jessica Episode: "The Prodigal Son"[74]

1986 T.J. Hooker Officer Pat Williamson Episode: "Partners in Death"[75]

1986 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Pearl Episode: "My Stepmother, Myself/Almost Roommates/Cornerback Sneak"[76]

1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Valentine Hayward Movie

1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Terri Knight Movie

1990 Kid Who Loved Christmas, TheThe Kid Who Loved Christmas Lynette Movie

1992 Stompin' at the Savoy Pauline Movie

1992 Jacksons: An American Dream, TheThe Jacksons: An American Dream Suzanne de Passe Miniseries; 2 episodes

1992 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Danny Mitchell Episode: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Home from the Forum"

1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Beauty (voice) Episode: "Beauty and the Beast"

1995 Nothing Lasts Forever Dr. Kathy "Kat" Hunter Movie[77]

1995 Bye Bye Birdie Rose Alvarez Movie

1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Arandis Episode: "Let He Who Is Without Sin..."[78]

1997 Odyssey, TheThe Odyssey Calypso Miniseries; 2 episodes

1998 Futuresport Alex Torres Movie

1999 L.A. Doctors Dr. Leanne Barrows 3 episodes[75]

2000 Courage to Love, TheThe Courage to Love Henriette DeLille Movie

2000 Don Quixote Dulcinea/Aldonza Movie

2000 Diva's Christmas Carol, AA Diva's Christmas Carol Ebony Scrooge Movie

2001 WW3 M.J. Blake Movie[79]

2001 Santa, Baby! Alicia (voice) Movie[80]

2002 Keep the Faith, Baby Hazel Scott Movie[81]

2002 Ally McBeal Sheila Hunt Episode: "Another One Bites the Dust"[75]

2002 Proud Family, TheThe Proud Family Debra (voice) Episode: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thingy, Baby"[82]

2003 Boomtown Detective Katherine Pierce 6 episodes[75]

2006 South Beach Elizabeth Bauer Main role (8 episodes)

2006–2010 Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater Main role (85 episodes)

2007–2008 Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies Mama Mirabelle (voice) Main role (23 episodes)

2010–2012 Desperate Housewives Renee Perry Main role (45 episodes in seasons 7–8)

2011 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 3, episode 2[83]

2011 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself Season 2, episode 1[84]

2012 Phineas and Ferb Flight attendant (voice) Episode: "Where's Perry (Part One)"[85]

2012–2013 666 Park Avenue Olivia Doran Main role (13 episodes)[86]

2014 Trip to Bountiful, TheThe Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts Movie

2014 Oprah's Master Class Herself Season 4, episode 7[87]

2015 Mindy Project, TheThe Mindy Project Dr. Suzanne Phillips Episode: "Danny Castellano Is My Nutritionist"[88]

2015 Royal Pains Olympia Houston 2 episodes[89]

2015 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Courtney Paige 4 episodes[90]

2016 Broad City Elizabeth Carlton Episode: "Game Over"[91]

2016 Milo Murphy's Law Eileen Underwood (voice) [92]

2016–2017 Librarians, TheThe Librarians Gen. Cynthia Rockwell 4 episodes[93][94][95][96]

2017 Daytime Divas Maxine Robinson Main role (10 episodes)[97]

2017 Modern Family Rhonda Episode: "The Long Goodbye"[98]

2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself Season 3, episode 2[99]

Book[edit]

Wiliams, Vanessa; Wiliams, Helen (April 17, 2012). You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other). New York: Gotham Books. ISBN 978-1-5924-0759-0. 

See also[edit]

Book: Vanessa Williams

Biography portal

List of artists who reached number one in the United States List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance chart

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Awards and achievements

Preceded by Debra Maffett Miss America 1984 Succeeded by Suzette Charles

Preceded by Eileen Clark Miss New York 1983 Succeeded by Melissa Manning

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Vanessa Williams

Studio albums

The Right Stuff The Comfort Zone The Sweetest Days Star Bright Next Silver & Gold Everlasting Love The Real Thing

Compilations

Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years Love Songs

Related topics

Teri Joseph Wilhelmina Slater Renee Perry Awards and nominations Discography Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
and Miss America

Relatives

William A. Feilds Chris Williams Jillian Hervey

Book Category

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Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
singles

Discography

The Right Stuff

"The Right Stuff" "(He's Got) the Look" "Dreamin'" "Darlin' I"

The Comfort Zone

"Running Back to You" "The Comfort Zone" "Save the Best for Last" "Work to Do" "Just for Tonight"

Beverly Hills 90210: The Soundtrack

"Love Is"

The Sweetest Days

"The Sweetest Days" "The Way That You Love"

Pocahontas

"Colors of the Wind"

Eraser

"Where Do We Go from Here"

Star Bright

"Do You Hear What I Hear / The Little Drummer Boy"

Next

"Happiness" "Oh How the Years Go By"

Silver & Gold

"Merry Christmas Darling"

Everlasting Love

"You Are Everything"

The Real Thing

"The Real Thing"

Awards for Vanessa Williams

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Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1996) Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals
(1997) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1998) Linda Hamilton
Linda Hamilton
(1999) Jill Hennessy
Jill Hennessy
(2000) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2001) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2002) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(2004) Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell
(2005) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2006) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2007) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2008) Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
(2009) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2010) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2011) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2012) Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
(2013) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2014) Sarah Hay (2015) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin
(1997) Rita Wilson
Rita Wilson
(1998) Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond
(2001) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2002) Justine Bateman
Justine Bateman
(2003) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2004) Lisa Edelstein
Lisa Edelstein
(2005) Julie Benz
Julie Benz
(2006) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2007) Fionnula Flanagan
Fionnula Flanagan
(2008) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2009) Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
(2010) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon
(2013) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2014) Rhea Seehorn
Rhea Seehorn
(2015) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
/ Rhea Seehorn
Rhea Seehorn
(2016) Ann Dowd
Ann Dowd
(2017)

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Teen Choice Award
Teen Choice Award
for Choice TV Villain

Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(2007) Ed Westwick
Ed Westwick
(2008–09) Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder
(2010) Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
(2011) Janel Parrish
Janel Parrish
(2012–13) Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
(2014) Vanessa Ray
Vanessa Ray
(2015) Janel Parrish
Janel Parrish
(2016–17)

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Miss America
Miss America
titleholders (1980–1999)

Cheryl Prewitt (1980) Susan Powell (1981) Elizabeth Ward (1982) Debra Maffett
Debra Maffett
(1983) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
/ Suzette Charles
Suzette Charles
(1984) Sharlene Wells (1985) Susan Akin (1986) Kellye Cash (1987) Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko
(1988) Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson
(1989) Debbye Turner
Debbye Turner
(1990) Marjorie Judith Vincent (1991) Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (1992) Leanza Cornett
Leanza Cornett
(1993) Kimberly Clarice Aiken (1994) Heather Whitestone
Heather Whitestone
(1995) Shawntel Smith
Shawntel Smith
(1996) Tara Dawn Holland (1997) Katherine Shindle
Katherine Shindle
(1998) Nicole Johnson (1999)

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New York pageant winners

Miss New York

Bess Myerson
Bess Myerson
(1945) Kris Krull (1974) Tawny Godin (1975) Mary Hinterberger (1975) Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
(1983) Maryalice Demler (1990) Brandi Burkhardt (1999) Jessica Lynch (2003) Christina Ellington (2004) Kandice Pelletier (2005) Leigh-Taylor Smith (2008) Claire Buffie
Claire Buffie
(2010) Kaitlin Monte
Kaitlin Monte
(2011) Mallory Hagan
Mallory Hagan
(2012) Nina Davuluri
Nina Davuluri
(2013) Kira Kazantsev
Kira Kazantsev
(2014) Jamie Lynn Macchia (2015)

Miss New York
Miss New York
USA

Jackie Loughery (1952) Mary Therese Friel (1979) Jennifer Gareis
Jennifer Gareis
(1994) Shanna Moakler
Shanna Moakler
(1995) Kimberly Pressler (1999) Jaclyn Nesheiwat (2004) Meaghan Jarensky
Meaghan Jarensky
(2005) Adriana Diaz (2006) Gloria Almonte (2007) Danielle Roundtree
Danielle Roundtree
(2008) Tracey Chang
Tracey Chang
(2009) Joanne Nosuchinsky (2013) Serena Bucaj
Serena Bucaj
(2016)

Miss New York
Miss New York
Teen USA

Ruth Zakarian (1983) Jessica Collins
Jessica Collins
(1988) Kimberly Pressler (1994) Gloria Almonte (2001) Adriana Diaz (2003) Natascha Bessez (2005) Taylor Gildersleeve (2009) Corrin Stellakis (2014)

Mrs. New York

Meaghan Castaldi (2010)

Authority control

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