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AliveBorn: 3/18/1963 in Millwood, New York, USA
Full name: Vanessa Lynn Williams
Noted For: Became the first black Miss America (1984) and also the first Miss America to lose her title; resigned under pressure after Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her taken in 1982. Pop singer; hits include "Dreamin" (1988) and "Save the Best for Last" (1992). Actress; Eraser (1996), Shaft (2000). Often credited as Vanessa L. Williams to avoid confusion with actress Vanessa A. Williams.