BY COLIN VICKERY
VANESSA Williams signed her high school yearbook with a promise to ‘‘ see you on Broadway’’, but began her career in the spotlight in beauty pageants.
She became the first African-American Miss America, but had to resign her crown when nude pictures of her surfaced.
She bounced back by launching her singing and acting careers, and she fulfilled her yearbook promise when she performed on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
She has completed shooting the final season of Desperate Housewives and has a lead role in the muchanticipated horror drama 666 Park Avenue. What will you miss most about working with the Desperate Housewives ladies? They welcomed me from the get-go, and the fans embraced my character immediately too. It’s been really seamless, and I think that’s been the true joy. I haven’t really had to hammer my character down people’s throats. They accepted it, and they felt that I belonged. I hope we all stay friends. It’s community. One of the most touching moments on the set was when our set dresser/prop person asked one of the extras to marry him. He asked all the cast to come in (for his proposal). We were part of his family. He got on his knees, turned around to us and we were all in tears. That’s one of my favourite moments from being a part of this family. Do you guys fully realise how many people around the world will miss you? I feel it on Twitter. People are panicking on Twitter. Oh, my God. Saying what kind of stuff? ‘‘What are we going to do without you?’’ What do you tell them? I respond to some. You know, just ‘‘Thanks for the love’’. Do you think that when Desperate Housewives first came on, television was a different environment than it is today for women? I was an actor but also a fan (of Housewives when it started). I was watching it at 40 years old, which was eight years ago, and coming out of the feature world where the roles were drying up. I saw Desperate Housewives and this whole landscape of ensemble women who were sexy and funny and dramatic. It was tongue-in-cheek. And I remember saying eight years ago, that’s the kind of show that I wanted to be on. So it’s nice that I started out as a fan and ended up being one
of the gals. Desperate Housewives, Channel 7, Thursday, 10pm.
Signing off: Vanessa Williams has just completed the final season of Desperate Housewives.