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Vanessa Williams Is A Natural In Broadway’s ‘POTUS’

She went from being crowned Miss America – to being elected First Lady.

Vanessa Williams stars in Broadway’s “POTUS” as the first lady—a role she’s been collecting material for her entire life.

“I’ve met five first ladies in my lifetime, which has been pretty extraordinary, so I’ve got some great history,” the 59-year-old told The Post via Zoom on Friday. “Because they are all wonderful, beautiful, smart, passionate, dedicated women.”

Her first encounter with the president’s second half came in 1983—after she was crowned Miss America—when she attended a state dinner at the White House and met President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy.

In the play, which has been nominated for three Tony Awards, viewers never see the president, but learn an important fact about him—that they found a young woman, played by pregnant Julianne Hough.

Williams was crowned Miss America in 1983.
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The actress and “Save the Best for Last” singer—who invited her Chappaqua neighbor Hillary Clinton to watch the show—shined away any hint of irony.

“But you know… there’s been a lot of scams, John F. Kennedy, I mean, there’s been scams across the board,” she said.

One of the most recent scandals to rock the Great White Way is the leak of cell phone videos and images of naked Jesse Williams in “Take Me Out.” The mom of four and first-time grandma says it’s par for the course and “parts of the risk of doing a show where you’re full frontal and full rear.”

The former pageant queen understands the risks at first, after nude photos of herself emerged after winning Miss America, which eventually led to her resignation.

In fact, she first received news that her “penthouse” photos became public without the permission of a New York Post reporter during an interview in 1984—which was also about a White House woman.

“Geraldine Ferraro was running as the ticket for the female vice president … It was Friday the 13th, July 13, when I was interviewed … Finally, she said, ‘Oh, by the way, we heard from a reliable source. And I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.'”

Williams on stage in POTUS.
Williams on stage in “POTUS.”
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Williams — who won Miss America as a student at Syracuse University — said she didn’t experience the same pressure as other beauty contestants.

This was because the Bronx native, who grew up in Millwood, was awarded the title after competing in only a handful of pageants, including Miss New York, a title awarded only a few months before Miss America had gone.

She met Miss Universe winner Chelsea Crist, who committed suicide by jumping off her Midtown building in January, when Extra Correspondent interviewed her virtually in 2020.

“I did an interview with him during the pandemic,” she said. “But I didn’t know. She didn’t feel like she had a mental problem she was dealing with at all. So I don’t know what was going on in her life, but to take your life that way This is a very strong declaration of a desire to be seen and heard.”

For her character, Margaret, whom Williams calls “the scoundrel,” the actress does her own makeup. And as far as accessories are concerned, she drew inspiration from the real-life women of the White House.

Williams said,
“I’ve met five first ladies in my lifetime, which has been pretty extraordinary, so I’ve got some great history,” Williams said.
Paul Kolnick

“The triple strand of pearls is definitely a lot of Barbara Bush,” she said. “The headband I wear in Act II, Hillary went through her headband phase. Jumpsuits, I think Michelle Obama is probably the first woman to ever have a jumpsuit.

And speaking of signature accessories, Williams still has the Miss America crown in a box at home. “I resigned, no one came to my house to dethrone me,” he said with a laugh.

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