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Vanessa Williams: 'You Have No Idea'

Singer, actress Vanessa Williams and her mother share their hard-earned maternal wisdom

As a teen, Vanessa Williams enjoyed performing, singing, dancing and, like a typical teen, rankling her no-nonsense mother, Helen. In 1983, Williams never imagined she would be crowned the first African American Miss America — or the fallout when her Playboy past was revealed. And this was not her only secret. Williams had also endured childhood molestation and, in high school, an unplanned pregnancy that ended in abortion.

See also: Worlds apart: Mothers and their adult daughters.

Listen to the complete Vanessa and Helen Williams interview with Prime Time Radio host Mike Cuthbert by clicking on the audio player below.

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