Broward County Lifestyle

An Evening with Vanessa and Helen Williams

An Evening with Vanessa and Helen WilliamsWednesday, May 9, 7pm – Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale

Join for an evening with Vanessa Williams and her Mother Helen Williams as they discuss and sign their highly anticipated first book, You Have No Idea. Ms. Williams, a widely respected entertainer whose career highlights include The Right Stuff, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and former Miss America has been asked to write her memoir many times, but only now-with the help of her mother-she is ready to tell her story. When Vanessa Williams was growing up, she had a plan: She’d go to college and major in musical theater; afterward she’d get her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and then she would embark on a successful career on Broadway. And to make sure she stayed on that path, her mother, Helen Williams, gave her a list of things that she should never– ever–do. Near the top of that list was “never ever pose nude for anyone.” So when Vanessa became the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss America in September 1983 (an accomplishment that she never planned for or desired), only to be forced to resign ten months later due to a nude photo scandal, the lives of both Vanessa and Helen took an unexpected turn. But Vanessa survived this setback, and many others to come, to enjoy a thirty-plus-year career as an award-winning singer and actress.

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