- Was originally cast as Jane Toussaint in Spike Lee's School Daze (1988), but was replaced by Tisha Campbell due to artistic differences.
- Parents, Milton & Helen Williams, were both music teachers.
- In 1981, she won a musical theatre scholarship to Syracuse University. However, she eventually lost those funds. That led to her entry in the Miss America pageant.
- Expecting her fourth child, and first with Rick Fox, in mid-2000.
- Grew up in Millwood, New York, USA
- Often confused with actress Vanessa Williams.
- Dropped out of Syracuse University to pursue Miss America crown; never finished degree.
- Former Miss America 1984, resigned after nude photos surfaced in Penthouse magazine. The centerfold model for that issue was 16-year-old Traci Lords. Because Ms. Lords was underage, it is illegal to own or trade that issue of the magazine, unless the centerfold pictorial is removed.
- Has three children: Melanie, Jillian, and Devin
- Daughter, Sasha Gabriella Fox, born 1 May 2000 in NYC.
- Was the first black contestant in the hot seat on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (1999/I).
- Won a Sports Emmy for singing a song about quarterback Joe Montana during an opening sequence on ABC's "NFL Monday Night Football" (1970).
- Was nominated for Broadway's 2002 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of "Into The Woods."
- Spokesperson for Proactive Solution (Acne Medication).
- Attended New York's prestigious School of Performing Arts, the high school that was the setting for the movie and TV series "Fame" (1982).
- Was introduced to husband Rick Fox by his then-girlfriend, model Tyra Banks. When his romance with Banks ended, Fox and Williams began dating.
- She and Rick Fox eloped to the Caribbean in the Summer of 1999, but promised family and friends they would re-tie the knot that Fall, which they did in a lavish ceremony at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City, followed by a gala reception at the St. Regis Hotel.
- Has been doing commercials for Radio Shack since 2001 with Howie Long and Ving Rhames, and, since 2003, husband Rick Fox. She also does spots for Crest, and a late-night infomercial for skin care product, Proactive Solution.
- Measurements: 34B/C-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Her runner-up, Suzette Charles, became the second African-American Miss America after her resignation.
- Is the sister of Chris Williams.
- Sang the National Anthem at Arnold Schwarzenegger's inauguration as Governor of California. (17 November 2003)
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