Vanessa Williams stars as Wilhelmina Slater on ABC's "Ugly Betty."

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today, having conquered the music charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. Williams has sold millions of albums worldwide and has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television.

Williams' albums "The Right Stuff," "The Comfort Zone" and "The Sweetest Days" earned multiple Grammy nominations and yielded such classics as "Save the Best for Last," "Dreamin'," "Work to Do" and "Love Is," among others. Williams was also nominated for a Grammy for her single "Colors of the Wind," from Disney's "Pocahontas," which went on to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and the Grammy for Best Song in a Motion Picture. Other recordings include two holiday albums, "Star Bright" and "Silver & Gold," plus "Williams' Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years" and "Everlasting Love," love songs from the 1970s.

In 1994 Williams took Broadway by storm when she replaced Chita Rivera in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," winning the hearts of critics and becoming a box-office sensation. Williams garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award for the 2002 revival of "Into the Woods," headlined a limited special engagement of the classic "Carmen Jones" at the Kennedy Center, and starred in the Encore! Series staged concert production of "St. Louis Woman."

Williams made her film debut in 1986 in "Under the Gun," then appeared in "The Pick-Up Artist," "Another You" and "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man." Williams starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Eraser," followed by a leading role opposite Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia in "Hoodlum" and in the box office hit, "Soul Food." Williams also starred in "Dance with Me," "Light It Up," "Shaft," opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and in "Johnson Family Vacation," with Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey. Williams will be seen next in the independent feature "My Brother" and "Somebody Like You."

On television Williams starred in "Stompin' at the Savoy," "The Boy Who Loved Christmas" and "The Jacksons: An American Dream," for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Williams won rave reviews in ABC's revival of "Bye, Bye Birdie" and starred in the miniseries "Nothing Lasts Forever" and the Emmy-nominated "The Odyssey." She appeared opposite John Lithgow in TNT's "Don Quixote," and executive-produced and starred in "The Courage to Love" for Lifetime. Williams was also seen in the VH1 original movie, "A Diva's Christmas Carol," as well as the Showtime movie "Keep the Faith, Baby."

Williams' charitable contributions are many and varied, embracing and supporting such issues as education, homelessness, abuse, women's issues and health concerns, AIDS and anything having to do with children.

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Age: 54 years old
Birthday: March 18, 1963
Height: 5' 6"
Nickname: Van
Full Name / Real Name: Vanessa Lynn Williams
Birthplace: Tarrytown, NY
Husband: Rick Fox
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