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What fields could possibly be left for Vanessa Williams to conquer? The international superstar has had two #1 singles ("Save the Best for Last," "Love Is"), gold, multi-platinum and platinum albums her first three times out totaling more than four million in sales ('88's "The Right Stuff," '91's "The Comfort Zone" and '95's "The Sweetest Days"), an Oscar-winning song ("Colors of the Wind" from Disney's Pocahontas) and performed critically praised roles on Broadway ("Kiss of the Spider Woman") and motion pictures (starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hit summer movie "Eraser," where she also sang the film's theme song, "Where Do We Go From Here").
With nine Grammy nominations and two NAACP Image Awards to her credit, Vanessa Williams sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXX before an estimated 138.1 million people in 170 countries around the world last January, then performed "Colors of the Wind" on the global Oscar telecast.
Vanessa Lynn Williams was born to Milton and Helen Williams, both of whom held advanced degrees in music. They were responsible for introducing her to piano and the french horn. However, it was her beautiful and silky voice that came naturally to her. Her voice would become so much her love that she would continue to pursue singing through college at Syracuse University as a Theater Arts major.
As Vanessa's beauty and graciousness matured she began
doing beauty pageants. Soon, she was crowned Miss New York. She would
then go on to represent New York in the Miss America pageant. She became
the first African American to ever win the Miss America crown. Toward
the end of her reign, her past actions came back to haunt her. She had
posed for Penthouse Magazine in her pre-Miss America days and the
magazine was threatening to reveal the pictures. So, she resigned as
In 1991 her second album, "The Comfort Zone" was released and featured the ballad "Save the Best For Last," which stayed #1 on the charts for five weeks.
In 1995 Vanessa Williams brought out her third CD "The Sweetest Days" which went platinum quickly.
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