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Vanessa L. Williams (born 18 March 1963; age 52) is a singer and actress from the Bronx, New York. She became the first African-American woman to become Miss America in 1984, but resigned later that year.
Williams has recently been starring in the hit show Ugly Betty with fellow DS9 guest star Tony Plana and Star Trek Nemesis actor Alan Dale. She has been nominated for an 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as Wilhelmina Slater.