Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress and former fashion model. In 1983, she became the first American woman with African ancestry to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her. She relinquished her title early and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Suzette Charles of New Jersey. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. Williams released her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988, which spawned the hits 'The Right Stuff', a No. 1 on Hot Dance Songs, and 'Dreamin'' a No. 1 on R&B and No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album The Comfort Zone in 1991 topped the Billboard R&B Album Chart, which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit 'Save the Best for Last'. In 1994 she debuted on Broadway in the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman.
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