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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams was born in Millwood, New York, on March 18, 1963. Both of her parents were music teachers who encouraged her to pursue her love of the arts. She won a Presidential Scholarship in Drama to Syracuse University, where she majored in musical theater.  After winning the 1984 Miss America beauty pageant, she became a singer (garnering 14 Grammy nominations, as well as many other awards).  Her film credits include "Eraser", "Soul Food" and "Shaft".  She has, also, appeared on Broadway.  Married to Rick Fox of the Los Angeles Lakers, the couple live in Los Angeles and New York and have five children between them.

Vanessa joined the cast of "Boomtown" at the beginning of the second season, portraying Detective Katherine Pierce.

Katherine Pierce is a strong, dedicated police officer who transferred from the South Bureau's Robbery/Homicide Division where she attained the rank of D3, Supervising Detective.  Although she exudes sophistication, Katherine grew up "rural poor" in Clancyville, North Carolina.

Vanessa describes her role as Katherine:

"I signed on, not even knowing what I was going to do and what my character was. So I put myself right in the heat of things, and I trusted [executive producers Graham Yost and Jon Avnet] to do what they do best, which is make exciting television."
             

Screen captures of Vanessa: 
Season 2
Episode # 1 - The Love of Money
Episode # 2 - Inadmissible

Links:
Planet Vanessa
4 Ever Vanessa