Her 90-minute show included pop favorites such as The Right Stuff, Colors of the Wind, The Comfort Zone and Save the Best for Last, plus a lovely, lilting interpretation of Bill from Showboat and a luscious tribute to Lena Horne, Stormy Weather.
That’s a topic Williams knows something about. She joked about three marriages and alluded to her 1983 triumph as the first black Miss America, and the ensuing controversy when “everything went to hell.”
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The Bronx native fought her way back to success in music, films, TV and Broadway. Her advice?
“Do your best, hang in there, be professional,” said Williams, 55.
The mother of four (ages 18 to 31) shared some pretty sound advice on parenthood, too:
“Cherish every moment.”