Vanessa Williams at IPA Dinner honoring Brian Edwards
Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American pop-R&B recording artist, producer, dancer, model and actress. In 1983, she became the first woman of African-American descent to be crowned Miss America, but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her. She relinquished her title early and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Suzette Charles of New Jersey – who was also African-American. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations.
Brian Edwards (born August 31, 1966) is an American celebrity talent executive, producer, performer and writer.
Over the past twenty-eight years, he has worked with such celebrities as Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Donna Summer, Vanessa Williams, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Daisy Fuentes, Shirley Jones, Naomi Judd, Pam Tillis, Ali Landry, Tiffany Fallon, and Whoopi Goldberg -just to name a few.
After working as an executive assistant to Donna Summer for almost six years, Brian landed a position in 1995 as the assistant to famed talent agent Betty Fanning, then Vice-President of Commercials at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills.
In 1998, he moved over to American Movie Classics (AMC) and WE: Women's Entertainment Networks as their Manager of Celebrity Talent for five years, where he served as Talent Executive / Talent Producer for three Emmy Award winning shows: In 2001, "Reel Models: The First Women Of Film", Hosted by: Barbra Streisand - featuring Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver; In 2002 - "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel", Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg; and in 2004, for the series "When I Was A Girl," Hosted by: Charlize Theron.
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