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Vanessa Williams Gets Miss America Apology 30 Years After Scandal

9/14/2015 1:56pm EDT
Sam Haskell and Vanessa Williams
More than thirty years after a nude photo scandal rocked the Miss America Pageant and saw 1984 winner Vanessa Williams give up her crown before the end of her reign, the actress returned to the stage as a judge for the annual event, where the first order of business was an apology.

Miss America CEO Sam Haskell took to the stage with his longtime friend and formally apologized to her on behalf of the organization for the way she was treated following the scandal, after which she received a rousing ovation.

During the telecast, he said, "On behalf of today's organization, I want to apologis...

Full Circle: Vanessa Williams Joins Miss America Pageant As Head Judge

9/9/2015 10:55am EDT
Vanessa Williams Returning To Miss America Pageant Over 30 Years
One-time Miss America Vanessa Williams is headed back to the annual pageant, returning 32 years after being named Miss America 1984, a title that she would vacate 10 months later after a nude photo scandal rocked the country.

Williams made history as the first ever black woman to win the pageant, but it came with a price. She became the target of hate mail and death threats, but it was a set of nude photos she had posed for prior to the 2004 pageant, held in September 1983, that were her undoing.

The actress received an anonymous phone call to inform her that the nudes had surfaced and we...

Vanessa Williams Reveals Engagement News

9/27/2014 1:43pm EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams is engaged. The actress/singer revealed the news during a pre-taped interview on "The Queen Latifah Show."

During a Q&A with her "Trip to Bountiful" co-stars, Queen Latifah pointed out: "Vanessa, I have been trying to have a conversation with you ladies and gents, but I am blinded by the light coming from that bling ring on your finger."

Williams answered, "Oh sorry, darling. I got engaged. I have had a lot of good things happen... I turned 50 when we were in rehearsal on Broadway, I just got engaged a couple of weeks ago. It has been a lot of blessings."

The interview w...

15 Celebrity Women Over 50 Who Are Still Sexier Than Ever

1/23/2014 9:42pm EST
Christie Brinkley
59-year-old Christie Brinkley (she'll be 60 on Feb. 2) became a household name when she covered Sports Illustrated's illustrious Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years (1979, 1980, 1981), and on January 14 she was spotted at the party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the annual issue looking better than most of the younger models.

But Christie isn't the only star over the age of 50 who still looks good. In fact, we'd probably have to say that 50 is the new 30 for these women, few of whom -- if any -- appear to have had any "work" done.

Actress Jane Seymour, 62, (she'll be 63 on Feb...

Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2013

1/3/2013 11:08am EST
Brad Pitt
The biggest and most memorable event of 1963 was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, its 50th anniversary will be marked on November 22. The civil rights movement was in full swing as Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech and the Vietnam conflict had begun. Gas was 29 cents a gallon and the average cost for a new home was $12,560.

Also that year, the Beatles released their first album 'Please Please Me.' Notable films released in 1963 were The Great Escape, From Russia with Love, The Birds, Cleopatra and The Pink Panther. Popular TV shows included, The A...

10 Hot Actresses Who Once Were Models

7/1/2012 2:00pm EDT
Recently, I was reading Charlize Theron’s wiki page and to my surprise I learned that she started out as a model. From there I was a little curious and decided to do some research which resulted in this list of 10 hot actresses who once were models.

The list is in no particular order, but I guarantee that all 10 of these ladies are hot, hot, hot and have had successful careers in acting. If you think that I left anyone off the list feel free to add their names in the comments section.

Eva Mendes- Before landing big screen roles in Training Day and 2 Fast 2 Furious Eva dabbled in ...

Eva Longoria Slams 'Desperate' Teri Hatcher Feud Rumors

5/11/2012 6:03pm EDT
Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria has dismissed rumors the leading ladies of Desperate Housewives deliberately excluded Teri Hatcher from the series finale crew gift, insisting the actress has always preferred to do "her own thing."

Primary cast members Longoria, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Vanessa Williams recently rounded up some extra cash to buy the crew behind their hit TV drama carry-on luggage as a thank you gift for their hard work throughout the show's eight seasons.

According to, the specially-designed luggage tag, signed by all four women, read, "Just know that on all your fut...

Eva Longoria Says Cast Of 'Desperate Housewives' Gets Along, Plays Down Recent Teri Hatcher Snub

5/10/2012 5:03pm EDT
Eva Longoria
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria looked sexy in a black dress and high heels on her way to the Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday afternoon.

Housewives will take its final bow this Sunday night, and and Eva revealed that the cast gave out carry-on luggage to the show's crew at the wrap party, with all of the bags including the message, "Just know that on all your future adventures you are carrying a little piece of our love and gratitude. Thank you for a magical 8 years. Love, Eva, Marcia (Cross), Felicity (Huffman) and Vanessa (Williams)."

Notice anyone's name missing?


Teri Hatcher To Direct And Guest Star On 'Jane By Design'

5/1/2012 10:57am EDT
Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher has landed her first job since filming on Desperate Housewives came to an end - she will make her directorial debut in TV comedy Jane By Design.

Hatcher and her fellow Housewives filmed their final scenes last week, but the actress has wasted no time in getting her next gig.

She will enjoy a recurring role on the ABC Family series, playing the estranged mother of Erica Dasher's lead character Jane. She will also get behind the camera to direct four episodes of the show, which premiered in January.

In a statement, Hatcher says, "I'm thrilled for the opportunity to direct. ...

Eva Longoria & Felicity Huffman Are Red Hot At 'Desperate Housewives' Series Finale Event

4/30/2012 1:00pm EDT
Eva Longoria & Felicity Huffman
The women on Wisteria Lane are saying their last goodbyes. After eight seasons, the beloved "Desperate Housewives" is ending its run on ABC. But you can't go off the air without a party!

Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Vanessa L. Williams and other cast members (minus Teri Hatcher) recently gathered in Hollywood for one last hurrah to celebrate the primetime soap. Eva looked stunning in a pink figure-hugging dress, while Felicity glammed it up in red with matching pumps.

Eva recently said about the end of the series, "I feel like we’re at a funeral and we haven’t died yet...We had our las...

Vanessa Williams Still Keeps In Touch With Father Of Baby She Aborted As A Teen

4/22/2012 12:30pm EDT
Vanessa Williams
Singer/actress Vanessa Williams has revealed she's still in touch with the ex-boyfriend whose child she aborted as a teenager.

The Desperate Housewives star stunned fans, friends and even members of her own family with the baby revelation in her newly-published memoirs "You Have No Idea", in which she names the ex who impregnated her.

But she's determined not to vilify her first love, Bruce Hanson, insisting he has become a wonderful person and a father of two.

Appearing on Access Hollywood Live on Friday, Williams reveals her boyfriend was by her side when she had the abortion: "He was ...

Mother Said She'd Probably Be In Jail If She Knew Vanessa Williams Had Been Abused

4/21/2012 9:00am EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams' mother is glad she had no knowledge of her daughter's pre-teen molestation hell because she would have spent the singer/actress' teenage years behind bars for seeking vengeance on the girl who seduced her.

In the new book she has co-authored with her mum Helen, the Desperate Housewives star has revealed she had an unwanted sexual experience with the 18-year-old daughter of a family she visited when she was just 10 years old.

And her shocked mom admits she never knew about the incident until she read her daughter's confession before it appeared in the memoir "You Have No ...

Mother Received Death Threats After Vanessa Williams Was Crowned Miss America

4/5/2012 9:03am EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams' mother received racially charged death threats after her daughter became the first black Miss America in 1983.

The star was crowned New York's Miss Syracuse back in 1983, and she continued on the pageant path until she made history and became the first African-American to land the U.S. title.

But not everyone was happy for success.

Writing about the fall-out in her new memoir "You Have No Idea," which Williams co-authored with her mom Helen, the star reveals, "As the 1983 Miss America put the crown on my head, I had no emotion - I wasn't very happy. I wasn't excited. I ...

Vanessa Williams Says She Was Molested As A Child

4/4/2012 2:19pm EDT
Vanessa L. Williams
Actress/singer Vanessa Williams has revealed she was molested by the daughter of a family friend when she was just 10 years old.

The Desperate Housewives star bravely recounts the painful experience in her new memoir You Have No Idea, which she co-authored with her mother Helen, and Williams insists it's time she finally went public with her story in a bid to help others.

She writes, "Family friends who had a daughter invited me to visit their friends in California with them. The family we stayed with had two kids. Susan, who was 18, smoked, drove a car, and was the epitome of cool. (My...

'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

1/19/2012 2:40pm EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alon...

Vanessa Williams Was Target Of Death Threats After She Won Miss America

1/31/2011 10:03am EST
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams has revealed she was bombarded with death threats from racists after she became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.

The star has been delving into her ancestral past as part of the U.S. version of British genealogy show "Who Do You Think You Are?" and has discovered two of her great-great-grandfathers battled to have slavery abolished.

On the show she breaks down as she finds out about her relatives' fight for equality and remembers how her own father warned her she would have to work harder than anyone else because of her skin color.

And following the reve...

Metallics, Black & White Dresses Dominate 2011 People's Choice Awards Fashion (Photos)

1/6/2011 8:55am EST
2011 People's Choice Awards
The stars came out en masse during Wednesday night's People's Choice Awards, and it appears that metallics, black, and white are the trendy hues this year.

Hollywood's finest walked the blue carpet in an array of subdued colors, although a select few stars stood out in bright attire.

Check out what the stars wore last night, and tell us who looked great and who didn't!

Check out the full list of winners HERE!

Taylor Swift

"Wizards of Waverly Place" star Selena Gomez in her second outfit of the evening

"Nikita" star Maggie Q

"Desperate Housewives" star Vanessa Williams

Kim, K...

Teri Hatcher Slams 'Desperate Housewives' Quitting Rumors

11/22/2010 8:13am EST
Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher has blasted "ridiculously untrue" reports she's quit Desperate Housewives, insisting she will stay on the show until "it's cancelled".

The actress, who has played Susan Mayer in all seven series of the drama since it began in 2004, was said to have told executives at ABC network the next season will be her last. Britain's Sunday Express reported she was leaving the show so she could work on a new series - but Hatcher is fuming over the story, branding it a "reckless fabrication".

She's taken to her page to reassure fans she's continuing with her role, which sh...

Teri Hatcher Quits 'Desperate Housewives'

11/21/2010 1:55pm EST
Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher has quit her starring role on "Desperate Housewives" - according to a U.K. report.

The actress has played Susan Mayer in all seven series of the drama since it hit screens in the U.S. in 2004.

But Hatcher has reportedly told executives at America's ABC network the next season will be her last, so she can work on a new show.

A source tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "Teri has given in her notice and is making active preparations to move on.

"She has another production deal in the pipeline and she is in the early stages of developing a sitcom that she wants to start work on im...

Salma Hayek To Launch New 'Ugly Betty'

11/2/2010 11:45pm EDT
Salma Hayek
"Ugly Betty" actress/producer Salma Hayek is re-teaming with the TV bosses behind the hit comedy, to adapt yet another Hispanic melodrama for the U.S.

Hayek struck success when she brought the global telenovela phenomenon of Betty La Fea stateside, and now the actress and her business partner Jose Tamez are hoping for similar success after selling an adaptation of Argentinian series Los Roldan to America's ABC network through their production company, Ventanarosa.

The show chronicles the exploits of a man hired to run the company of the woman whose life he saves. The show has already been...

James Denton Dishes 'Desperate Housewives' Details - Best Season Yet?

9/27/2010 1:00pm EDT
James Denton
James Denton says that the newest season of Desperate Housewives, which premiered Sunday night, is the best season of the show so far. He sat down with CelebTV to explain why. Watch the video below!

He says that an important character from the first season returns to exact revenge. "This year it's Paul Young again - Mary Alice's husband - who I took out to the desert to kill in season one and let him off the hook. I shoulda shot him, because he's up to no good.

"We're revisiting storylines from the first view years that people may have thought we just dropped - so that's going to be a l...

Teri Hatcher Sliced Off Her Eyelashes

9/26/2010 12:30pm EDT
Teri Hatcher
"Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher has been forced to wear false eyelashes after a grooming session with a razor went drastically wrong.

The actress was tidying up her eyebrows the night before she took part in the recent Nautica Malibu Triathlon in California, but the blade slipped and sliced through her lashes.

Hatcher admits she was tired when she tried to clean up her appearance and she's lucky she didn't cut her eye.

She says, "I had one of those mini razors and so I (placed it on my brow) and in this millisecond I heard this sound, and I'd shaved off half of my eyelashes!"


Marcia Cross Kept Husband's Cancer Battle From Children

9/12/2010 1:10pm EDT
Marcia Cross
"Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross kept a brave face during her husband's cancer battle for the sake of her kids - and refused to tell the twins their father was fighting for his life.

The actress was left devastated when her partner, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with the deadly disease last year.

But Cross was determined to remain strong throughout the ordeal, and refused to tell the couple's three-year-old daughters Eden and Savannah.

She tells, "There's no point in telling our kids. They were so young and anything to them is normal, so they didn't know things weren't no...

Vanessa Williams Not A Fan Of Alfre Woodard's 'Desperate Housewives' Role

9/12/2010 10:00am EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams had to be coaxed into taking on a role on hit ABC show "Desperate Housewives" - because she was one of the drama's worst critics.

The actress admits she was a big fan until Alfre Woodard became the first African-American to join the show.

Williams wasn't jealous and she doesn't dislike Woodard - but she hated her character's storyline.

She tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "She had her son in chains in the basement. It was like, 'Really? Do we have to go there with our first black character?'

"I honestly fell off the show after that. I think it was just so implausibl...

Fashion Fails Of The Week: Rihanna's Clown Suit, Kristin Cavallari's Spiked Shoulders (Video)

7/26/2010 11:04am EDT
Rihanna Clown
Another week, another seven days for celebrities to make poor wardrobe choices - and this week was a doozy. Maybe the heat is getting to our dear celebs - or perhaps there is a memo to bring back polka dots and spiked shoulder pads.

Rihanna gets things rolling with the above selection of a polka dotted one-piece horror show. While the hair/nail color matching works and she rocks some classy black shoes, everything else on her is a train wreck.

Holly Madison was going for extra-cute when she showed up to the Sugar Factory, even opting for the candy necklace in her hair. However, her dres...

Hot Body Female Celebrities Over 40

7/24/2010 1:00pm EDT
Hot Body Female Celebrities Over 40

Hollywood and media loves to place emphasis on what’s young when it comes to celebrity and status; however, amongst the youth of the glitz and glam, there are still very hot female celebrities over 40 on the scene who deserve as much attention.

Halle Berry (43)

Halle has got to be the quintessential over 40 hottie in Hollywood. From only looking at her, one cannot easily tell that she is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter. Doesn’t she wear motherhood well? Oh, Halle!!!

Demi Moore (47)

There is probably an abundance of men who wish they were Ashton Kutcher - Demi Moore is ...

A Rather Thin America Ferrera Looks Hot

6/17/2010 9:37am EDT
America Ferrera
America Ferrera attended the premiere of "The Illusionist" at the Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday, and it looks like she's dropped a few pounds.

She wore a tulip-skirted black assymetrical dress by Alicia & Olivia. We think she looks fantastic. What do you think?

America's show "Ugly Betty" celebrated its final fourth season in April. Co-star Ana Ortiz said she and America are "open" to the idea of making an "Ugly Betty" film, and Vanessa Williams is eager to join the pair's campaign.

See more photos of America here!

Vanessa Williams Uses Botox So She Doesn't Look Tired Or Angry

5/19/2010 10:55am EDT
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams is the cover star for Working Mother magazine’s latest issue. She shares insights on her career and her secrets to staying in shape, and opens up about her family. She also freely admits to using Botox.

She explains, "The latest thing I’m into is Botox, which I’ve been doing every six months. I do it lightly because I want to have an expressive face that has movement...My goal is to look like me. I have four kids. I’m proud of my age. I just don’t want to look tired or angry...I’m one of those women who love to give help and hints to other women. I bring in my favorite p...

Vanessa Williams To Join 'Desperate Housewives'

5/19/2010 8:09am EDT
Vanessa L. Williams
Vanessa Williams is heading back to the small screen - she has signed up to star in the next season of Desperate Housewives.

The actress was left devastated when TV show Ugly Betty was axed earlier this year, but she's smiling again after Housewives creator Marc Cherry offered her a role on his hit show. And he has hinted that Williams will be causing a stir in the next series.

He tells TV Guide magazine, "I'm a big fan of Vanessa's work and I'm so excited that she'll be moving into the neighborhood next season to cause trouble in all the ladies' lives."

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Vanessa Williams Wants An 'Ugly' Movie

4/19/2010 1:30pm EDT
Vanessa L. Williams
Ugly Betty actress Vanessa Williams has joined her former co-stars America Ferrera and Ana Ortiz on a crusade to bring the cancelled TV series to the big screen.

Williams gave her final performance as fashion boss Wilhelmina Slater in the April 14th series finale, and bid farewell to her cast mates of four years.

She says, "We did not want to leave. Our last week, none of us wanted to leave the table. None of us wanted to finish the words we were saying."

Ortiz recently admitted she and America Ferrera are "open" to the idea of making an Ugly Betty film, and Williams is eager to join ...