Vanessa Williams (Dr. Valerie Grant on Days of Our Lives)

Current Character: Dr. Valerie Grant

Birthday: 1963-05-12

Birthplace: Born in Brooklyn, New York

Marital Status: Married to Andre Wiseman since 1993.

Biography

Vanessa Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and after high school she got her bachelor's degree in theater and business management from Marymount Manhattan College. Her acting career began with guest spots on "The Cosby Show" and "Law & Order" before being cast as the only black regular on the primetime soap opera "Melrose Place." Her character was written off after one season but she has had multiple award-winning film and television roles since, including Showtime's "Soul Food."

Williams is not related to former Miss America, singer and actress Vanessa L. Williams, and after some arbitration the Screen Actors Guild decided both actresses could use the professional name "Vanessa Williams."

On October 25, 2016 Williams began her first daytime television role as Valerie Grant on "Days of our Lives."

Career Highlights

Days of our Lives - Dr. Valerie Grant (October 25, 2016 - present)
The Flash - Francine West (2015 - 2016)
The Bay - Cleo Harris (2015)
Soul Food - Maxine Chadway (2000 - 2004)
Melrose Place - Rhonda Blair (1992 - 1993)

Awards & Acclaim

Image Award Nominee - Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009)
Image Award Winner - Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2003)
Daytime Emmy Award Nominee - Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series (2002)
Black Reel Award Nominee - Network/Cable Best Supporting Actress (2003)
Black Reel Award Nominee - Outstanding Television or Mini-Series Performance, Female (2013)