Vanessa Williams to finally graduate college, earn an honest living

Yet another of our beloved LoHud celebs is pulling a Rodney Dangerfield. Remember how last summer Sneden’s Landing’s Bill Murray finally got his degree from Regis University, oh, about 30 years after he dropped out? Well, now Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams has followed suit, returning to Syracuse this weekend nearly 25 years after she left the university to pursue singing, beauty pagenting, and looking dead sexy.

According to the AP story, Williams, who grew up in Millwood, was a musical theater major from 1981 to 1983 at ‘Cuse and  “earned the remaining credits for her degree through industry experience and her substantial performances on stage and screen.” She’ll also be delivering the school’s convocation speech.

We can only hope that she has as much fashion sense at the graduation ceremony as Murray did.

(Williams: AP Photo/Jim Cooper; Murray Photo: Regis University)

SAG Award nominees announced, more lovin for the LoHud


For a full list of the TV nominees, check out our sister blog, Remote Access, or for film nominees, go to the SAG site. But here, in short, are the locals you’ll be rooting for:

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ANGELINA JOLIE / Mariane Pearl – “A Mighty Heartâ€? (Paramount Vantage): Jolie grew up in Sneden’s Landing

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
AMERICAN GANGSTER (Universal Pictures): Denzel Washington is a Mount Vernon native and Russell Crowe lived in Nyack while filming the movie.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Kline / Jacques – As You Like It (HBO): Kline lives (or at least used to live) in Garrison with Phoebe Cates.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Ellen Burstyn / Posey Benetto – Mitch Albom’s For One More Day (ABC): Burstyn lives in Nyack

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Glenn Close / Patty Hewes – Damages (FX): Lives in Bedford
Edie Falco / Carmela Soprano – The Sopranos (HBO): Attended SUNY Purchase

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / Jack Donaghy – 30 Rock (NBC): Brother of Bedford’s Billy Baldwin and Upper Grandview’s Stephen

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Vanessa Williams / Wilhelmina Slater – Ugly Betty (ABC): Grew up in Millwood, currently lives in Chappaqua

(Nominations ceremony photo with President Alan Rosenberg, left, and actors Jeanne Tripplehorn, center, and Terrence Howard on Thurs., Dec 20 — AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Oprah/Maria Shriver interview Vanessa Williams and her mother (hmm, sound familiar to anyone?)

tjndc5-5dxobsbta4og1i6fld4_layout.jpgLast Friday, for her Mother’s Day special, Oprah had Maria Shriver interview both Vanessa Williams and her mama, Helen. If that sounds like a familiar story, it should: It just happens to be the basis for the current May issue of InTown, in which freelance Adam Stone interviewed the two in New Rochelle.

Now, I’m not saying we necessarily scooped Oprah (I have no idea when Shriver’s interview was filmed), but it’s certainly reassuring to know that the last two covers of our magazine have featured the same A-listers that have been appearing on the big O’s couch (in April we had Bob Woodruff). Still, the bad news: Schriver got plenty of juicy anecdotes that we just couldn’t squeeze into our 200-word writeup. Read about the best ones after the jump.

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How to spot Vanessa Williams, part 2: Look for the Maserati

We already know that, for her 44th birthday on March 18, Millwood native and current Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams got a shiny new star on the Hollywood walk of fame. But turns out she gave herself something even shinier as a present: a kickin’ Italian sports car.

As she put it to More magazine, “For my fortieth birthday, I got a Maserati coupe, a sports car with paddle shifting and a great-sounding engine … It’s really fast — plus I get big props from the guys on the set of Ugly Betty because I can handle it. They love to hear me zoom up and screech to a halt. Being able to get the toys I want is one of the true luxuries of getting older. I wish I’d always known about options like climate control — to think, I used to just roll down a window!”

And don’t forget, Ms. Williams is our cover story for the April issue of InTown Westchester, due in your mailbox any day now.

via Inside Entertainment

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(Williams: AP Photo/Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Bob Freeman; Maserati: PRNewsFoto/Maserati North America)