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Vanessa Williams
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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is a pop and R&B; singer who began her career as the first black Miss America. She resigned early in her reign on July 23, 1984, however, when it was discovered that she had posed nude for photographs that were published in the magazine Penthouse. She managed to rise above that scandal and become a respected and popular singer with her 1988 debut album, and eventually actress, with appearances in films like Eraser, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Her first marriage, in 1987, was to her then-manager Ramon Hervey, with whom she had three children. She divorced him in 1997, and was married to NBA basketball star Rick Fox two years later.