Days of Our Lives (DOOL) star Vanessa Williams enjoyed a very special day just for her this past weekend.
That’s because on May 12, 1963, Vanessa Williams was born in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, which means on this past Saturday, she turned 55 years old!
Talented at an early age, she became a member of the New York City Opera’s Children’s Chorus when she was just 11 years old. Williams soon signed with a talent manager and booked her first audition, a commercial for Frito Lay.
Her success continued. She attended New York’s famous High School of Performing Arts (the TV show Fame was based on), and later earned a Bachelor’s degree in theatre and business from Marymount Manhattan College.
While in school, she worked on The Cosby Show, where she impressed them so much she was asked back to play a second role as Theo’s girlfriend, Cheryl Lovejoy. Her first film was 1991’s New Jack City. The following year she landed a role as one of the stars of Fox’s Melrose Place.
When she was cast as a series regular in Steven Bochco’s critically acclaim television drama Murder One in 1995, she earned her first NAACP Image Award Nomination. She went on to guest star on countless TV shows throughout her career.
She is also a filmmaker. In 2004, Williams wrote, directed, and produced the short film, Dense, which aired on Showtime Television. As a singer/songwriter, she performed her original melodies in the film as well.
In 2016, Williams took on the challenge of bringing Valerie Grant back to Salem, thrilling her fans and DAYS fans alike. At the same time, she’s appearing in a recurring role on Famous In Love, along with former DAYS star, Shawn Christian.
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Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.