Vanessa rose to music stardom after her Miss America win. Here she is performing at the 1995 Academy Awards.
Scoring at the Super Bowl
At the height of her popularity, Vanessa performed the anthem at Super Bowl XXX in 1995. Photo credit: Getty Images
In the movies
After conquering the world of music, Vanessa moved on to movies. Here she is on the set of "Shaft," which premiered in 2000. Photo credit: AP
The mom of four is photographed with her daughter Sasha Fox at an NBA game in 2001. Photo credit: Getty Images
Vanessa has also made a name for herself on The Great White Way. Here she is playing the Witch in Steven Sondheim's "Into The Woods" in 2002. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
The Holllywood Walk of Fame
Vanessa is joined by her family as she receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Photo credit: Getty Images
Vanessa has quite a few trophies in her collection. Here she is collecting another one at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in 2011. (Credit: Getty Images)
Vanessa's many TV credits include a role on "Desperate Housewives." Here she is with the cast in 2011, Photo credit: Getty Images
Vanessa and her mother Helen Williams, a former Ossining School teacher, cowrote a book about Vanessa's life. We photographed them in Manhattan last April. Photo credit: Carucha L. Meuse / The Journal News
Happy Birthday, Vanessa Williams!
The Chappaqua resident, who was born in Tarrytown, turns 50 today. And as she posted on Twitter this morning, “Fifty is fabulous!” Take a look at the gorgeous local throughout the years.