She later had guest starring roles on NYPD Blue and Living Single, before was cast as series regular in the ABC legal drama, Murder One (1995-1996) created by Steven Bochco.
She received her first nomination an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance on show. Grace Carr in the CBS medical drama series, Chicago Hope, for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series nomination.
Williams also is known for role as Anne-Marie Mc Coy in the 1992 horror film Candyman and as Rhonda Blair in the first season of the Fox prime time television soap opera, Melrose Place (1992-93).
so as a compromise, the former Miss America was occasionally credited as "Vanessa L. The Screen Actors Guild eventually took the issue to arbitration and decided that both actresses could use the professional name "Vanessa Williams".
On Tuesday she shared two photos of the gown on Instagram.