Vanessa Williams has been honored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Williams was given the award on Thursday at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif. The event was founded in 2000 to 2000 to “recognize celebrities who’ve made a difference in Hollywood.”
“I ended up doing musical theater in high school and some theater in college and Broadway was the tangible goal for me,” Williams said as she accepted her award. “Hollywood was never on the radar because it was one of those things that were unattainable.”
Williams did more than just make a name for herself in Hollywood, the actress was the first Black Miss America in 1983 and 1984. She also has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and has been in many films and television shows.
“Even though I feel like an outsider because this is all a dream, the fact that I can look at my life and see my achievements and know that Hollywood was such an integral part of what made me and what’s helped my career, I thank you.”