Vanessa Williams is an American actress and singer. She started her acting career in the 1980s. During this time she also started a recording career with her debut album The Right Stuff. Her next albums The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest Days in the early ’90s gained her wider success. As an actress, she was first noticed for her role as Teri Joseph in the movie Soul Food. On television, she became known for her role as Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty. Her work here earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In the 2010s, she starred as Renee Perry on Desperate Housewives.