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April 18, 2004 | Mark Olsen
An all-around performer, Vanessa Williams is something of a throwback to the days of hoofers and crooners, when "entertainer" meant a little singing, a little dancing, a little acting and a lot of heart. As she's found success as a pop singer, Broadway performer and actress in television and film, the Miss America scandal that once had thrust her into the spotlight has long since been left behind. Following her Tony-nominated role in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," Williams, 41, recently appeared on the critically lauded television series "Boomtown."
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March 8, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" is a deceptively small story. An elderly woman named Carrie Watts, living a stifling and increasingly marginalized existence with her son and daughter-in-law, is determined to return to her tiny hometown in the South. And so one day she does, escaping the bonds of age and family to board a bus headed toward Bountiful, Texas. There are few roles available to women of a certain age, fewer still that allow such performers to wield the subtle but symphonic skills that can only be acquired through a lifetime of fine acting.
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April 27, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Most of us are curious about our family lineage. For Vanessa Williams, who recently took part in the show "Who Do You Think You Are" and explored her family's history, the task was both surprising and informative. Here, she talks about what she learned and how she plans to use that information. How did you become interested in finding out about your lineage? I've always been interested, but I was introduced to Ancestry.com [one of the websites that help people research their family backgrounds]
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April 27, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Most of us are curious about our family lineage. For Vanessa Williams, who recently took part in the show "Who Do You Think You Are" and explored her family's history, the task was both surprising and informative. Here, she talks about what she learned and how she plans to use that information. How did you become interested in finding out about your lineage? I've always been interested, but I was introduced to Ancestry.com [one of the websites that help people research their family backgrounds]
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December 2, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
ABC's revival of "Bye Bye Birdie" arrives Sunday with its swooning teens, crinolines, bobby socks and modest pleasures largely intact. So thin are those pleasures, though, that an attempt to prolong them here fails--despite sizzling work by Vanessa Williams in a key role--and they end well before the show does. Nor is it helpful that "Birdie" dispenses with most of its highest-octane, more-tuneful numbers fairly early, leaving yawns for last.
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December 6, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The Indian-made "Delhi Safari," being shown stateside in an English-language version, proves a painless, if only mildly inventive, animated comedy. While it's passable, eco-friendly entertainment for young children, even they will likely spot the low-budget film's creative limitations. It may also be tough for even the most global-minded viewers to square the clearly non-Bollywood voices employed here amid "Delhi's" many localized names, references and visuals. The script, written by director Nikhil Advani with Suresh Nair and Girish Dhamija, finds a mix of jungle animals - a wary mother leopard (voiced by Vanessa Williams)
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October 12, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brian McWho? That was no doubt a common reaction earlier this year when listening to the Vanessa Williams duet on "Love Is," the No. 1 single from the "Beverly Hills, 90210" soundtrack album. But Brian McKnight has gone from that early, valuable exposure to assemble some impressive credits of his own, including "One Last Cry," the hit ballad from his debut Mercury album. The collection, titled simply "Brian McKnight," has just passed the 500,000 sales mark.
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July 17, 1994 | PATRICK PACHECO, Patrick Pacheco is a free-lance writer based in New York
Under a yearbook picture of Vanessa Williams--Horace Greeley High School, Class of 1981, Chappaqua, N.Y.--the caption reads, "Follow your dream and I'll see you on Broadway." Thirteen years later, the dream has finally come true. Vanessa Williams, in top hat, tails and a big grin, is on Broadway through Labor Day starring in the musical "Kiss of the Spider Woman," having taken over the title role from Chita Rivera.
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April 23, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Broadway for Cicely Tyson is clearly like riding a bike. Her last rendezvous in the rialto was in "The Corn Is Green" in 1983, but you'd never know that 30 years had passed by her exquisitely understated performance in the revival of Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful," which opened Tuesday at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. There's not the slightest hesitancy or straining for effect in her portrayal of Carrie Watts, the elderly mother cooped up in a two-room Houston apartment with her son and daughter-in-law (played less assuredly by Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams)
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May 12, 1996 | Bronwen Hruska, Bronwen Hruska, based in New York, is an occasional contributor to Calendar
In her white stretch pants and oversize red sweater (coordinated flawlessly with red-and-white DKNY sneakers to match), you could almost mistake Vanessa Williams for any of the other suburban moms in this neighborhood pastry shop. Her dazzling green eyes are shielded today behind dark glasses, which do more to protect her from the strong sun at a sidewalk table than to discourage stargazers.
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December 6, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The Indian-made "Delhi Safari," being shown stateside in an English-language version, proves a painless, if only mildly inventive, animated comedy. While it's passable, eco-friendly entertainment for young children, even they will likely spot the low-budget film's creative limitations. It may also be tough for even the most global-minded viewers to square the clearly non-Bollywood voices employed here amid "Delhi's" many localized names, references and visuals. The script, written by director Nikhil Advani with Suresh Nair and Girish Dhamija, finds a mix of jungle animals - a wary mother leopard (voiced by Vanessa Williams)
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November 12, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Artists come in many varieties. There are those whose work appears in galleries and on stages. And then there are those whose work receives little public attention but is created with the same expressiveness, dedication to excellence and desire for meaning. Esther, an African American seamstress living in a respectable New York City rooming house in 1905, belongs to the second category. A plain, unmarried 35-year-old with diminished prospects for personal happiness, she puts the best of herself into her sewing, making sexy garments for those who have more use for them than a spinster like herself.
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September 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As anyone foolhardy enough to have done so will tell you, often with obsessive detail, if you live in Manhattan there will come a time when it feels as if your apartment owns you, body and soul. In Los Angeles, you can have a similar suspicion about your mortgage but it's not the same thing - a mortgage is only money but an apartment building is alive. It's animated by tenants, support systems, history, personality and sometimes, just possibly - and here we come to it - intent. Surely that elevator knows it's you when it decides to do its devilish little bounce.
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May 19, 2010
Vanessa Williams is headed to Wisteria Lane next fall on "Desperate Housewives." ABC said Tuesday that she'll play a "wicked new housewife" as the series enters its seventh season. Williams will hit the neighborhood fresh from performing in the Broadway musical "Sondheim on Sondheim," which runs through June. She starred in the recently concluded TV series "Ugly Betty." —Associated Press Guns N' Roses spans media The latest Guns N' Roses project is not an album, a video or a book: It's all three.
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May 15, 2009 | Associated Press
ABC's "All My Children," NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" were nominated Thursday as best drama series, while "Live with Regis and Kelly," "Rachael Ray" and "Ellen" were named finalists for best entertainment talk show in the competition for the 36th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Overall, PBS led in nominations with 56, followed by ABC (50), syndicated programming (49), CBS (30) and NBC (20). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences administers them.
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May 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Nearly 25 years after leaving Syracuse University, Vanessa Williams will get her bachelor of fine arts degree this weekend. The 45-year-old actress-singer, who stars in ABC's "Ugly Betty," will also deliver the convocation address Saturday to graduates of Syracuse's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Williams attended Syracuse's drama department as a musical theater major from 1981 to 1983. She earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and performances on stage and screen.
NEWS
July 4, 1986
Former Miss America Vanessa Williams dropped a lawsuit against Penthouse magazine and two photographers after concluding that she had signed a model release for the nude pictures that later forced her to give up her crown in 1984, her mother said. "It was a really traumatic thing for our family, emotionally but primarily financially," said Helen Williams. "It's a complete vindication," said an attorney for Penthouse and the photographers.
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December 15, 1985
Why? Why is it that nude photos of women make news (Madonna, Vanessa Williams, etc.) and those of men are kept hush-hush. Was I the only person who knew there was a great spread of Mr. Rocky Rambo Sly Stallone himself in Playgirl magazine a few months back? Was he ashamed of them? He should be! DELORA WILSON Inglewood
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