Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
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1963 – Born on March 18th in Tarrytown, New York. American singer-songwriter and actress.
1981 – She won a musical theatre scholarship to Syracuse University.
1982 – Attended New York’s prestigious School of Performing Arts, the high school that was the setting for the movie and TV series "Fame".
1983 – Became the first African-American to win the Miss America crown.
1984 – She was forced to turn in her tiara after Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her, but she bounced back with a successful career as a singer.
1987 – Married to Ramon Hervey II on January 2nd.
1991 – She released her album "The Comfort Zone".
1996 – She was the leading lady of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie “Eraser”.
1999 – She married NBA basketball player Rick Fox on September 26th.
2000 – She appeared in the movie “Shaft” with Samuel Jackson.
2002 – Was nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of "Into The Woods".
2005 – Her album “Everlasting Love” was released.
2006 – Starred in the television series, "Ugly Betty" as Wilhelmina Slater.
2007 – Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March.