09:02 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 05/06/2013 02:15PM
Vanessa Williams already knows what she's getting for Mother's Day this year: a round of applause and, most likely, a standing ovation.
The mom-of-four (Melanie, 25, Jillian, 23, Devin, 20, and Sasha, 13) is marking the holiday from her spot on stage in Broadway's The Trip to Bountiful. "I have a 3 o'clock matinee. No rest for the weary," Williams, 50, tells PEOPLE, adding, "Maybe my kids will surprise me with a dinner afterward."
Beyond the theater, she's also taking time to honor her late grandmothers, who both died after struggling with heart disease. (Her maternal grandmother died at 64 after having a massive heart attack, and her paternal grandmother died at 28.)
Originally posted 04/30/2013 09:25AM
Star power shined on Broadway this season – and some of the big names even managed to gain Tony nominations, it was announced Tuesday morning.
Among them: Tom Hanks, in the Tony-nominated best-play contender by the late Nora Ephron, Lucky Guy; Laurie Metcalf, in Sharr White's The Other Place; Cicely Tyson, in a revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful; Holland Taylor, in the play about the late, outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards, written by Taylor herself, Ann; David Hyde Pierce, in Christopher Durang's best-play nominee Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Nathan Lane, in Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance.
In the best musical category, the nominees are Bring It On, A Christmas Story, Matilda and Kinky Boots, which received the most nominations of any show: 13, including a nod for its Cyndi Lauper-written score.
Best play contenders, besides Lucky Guy and the side-splitting homage to Chekhov, Vanya, are Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties and Colm Tólbin's The Testament of Mary.
Originally posted 09/04/2012 03:00PM
Vanessa Williams just can't say no to puppy love!
The actress, who has three great Danes at home, took a break to cuddle a cute pup while filming her show 666 Park Avenue in New York recently.
"Puppy love on Brooklyn sidewalk shoot," she Tweeted, sharing a photo of the adorable pooch smooch.
Originally posted 09/02/2012 11:55AM
Fall is just around the corner.
As temperatures cool down, The Chew's hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz travel across the country to bring audiences a sneak peek of ABC's fall primetime lineup, pairing delicious recipes with their favorite new shows.
Vanessa Williams and Terry O'Quinn are some of the first to sample a taste of what's cooking with The Chew crew when they meet Kelly for drinks and light bites in New York City's posh Carlyle Hotel to chat about 666 Park Avenue.
Originally posted 05/07/2012 04:30PM
The end of Desperate Housewives has been bittersweet for Vanessa Williams. On one hand, she's saying goodbye to a show that she loves, but on the other, she's saying hello to a new puppy.
The actress has adopted an 8-week-old blue harlequin Great Dane named Grayson, who she is bringing home this weekend. He joins her other Dane, Willa, who turns 6 later this month.
"I'll be a mom of two," Williams tells PEOPLE. "I'll have time now to train and to integrate him into our family."
Originally posted 06/13/2009 08:00PM
Interested in getting career advice from Mode magazine's Wilhelmina Slater? You're in luck because Vanessa Williams, the actress who plays the fashion-minded, ambitious diva on ABC's Ugly Betty, is willing to share some of her tips for having a successful career.
The singer and actress is spearheading the "Botox Cosmetic: Express Success" charitable education campaign to benefit Dress for Success, an organization that helps disadvantaged women succeed in the corporate world by providing professional attire as well as career support.
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