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You Have No Idea - A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Holly wood, Love, Loss (and Each Other)-logo

You Have No Idea - A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Holly wood, Love, Loss (and Each Other)

Vanessa Williams

The highly anticipated first book by a widely respected entertainer whose career highlights include The Right Stuff, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and former Miss AmericaWhen Vanessa Williams was growing up, she had a plan: She'd go to college and major in musical theater; afterward she'd get her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and then she would embark on a successful career on Broadway. And to make sure she stayed on that path, her mother, Helen Williams, gave her a list of things that she should never- ever-do. Near the top of that list was "never ever pose nude for anyone." So when Vanessa became the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss America in September 1983 (an accomplishment that she never planned for or desired), only to be forced to resign ten months later due to a nude photo scandal, the lives of both Vanessa and Helen took an unexpected turn. But Vanessa survived this setback, and many others to come, to enjoy a thirty-plus-year career as an award-winning singer and actress. Vanessa has been asked to write her memoir many times, but only now-with the help of her mother-is she ready to tell her story. Vanessa grew up in Millwood, New York, part of one of the town's only black families. As a teenager, Vanessa defied Helen, flirting with boys, drinking, and smoking pot. But despite their early conflicts, Helen has always ardently protected her daughter, staying in contact with the FBI about the multiple death threats Vanessa received after being crowned and being there for her during the dissolution of her two marriages. Now the mother of four children, Vanessa describes how she's made it through the ups and downs of her life as well as her career. Jointly written by Vanessa and Helen and filled with dozens of personal family photos and mementos, You Have No Idea is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter and the life of a woman who beat the odds to achieve her destiny.

The highly anticipated first book by a widely respected entertainer whose career highlights include The Right Stuff, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and former Miss AmericaWhen Vanessa Williams was growing up, she had a plan: She'd go to college and major in musical theater; afterward she'd get her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and then she would embark on a successful career on Broadway. And to make sure she stayed on that path, her mother, Helen Williams, gave her a list of things that she should never- ever-do. Near the top of that list was "never ever pose nude for anyone." So when Vanessa became the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss America in September 1983 (an accomplishment that she never planned for or desired), only to be forced to resign ten months later due to a nude photo scandal, the lives of both Vanessa and Helen took an unexpected turn. But Vanessa survived this setback, and many others to come, to enjoy a thirty-plus-year career as an award-winning singer and actress. Vanessa has been asked to write her memoir many times, but only now-with the help of her mother-is she ready to tell her story. Vanessa grew up in Millwood, New York, part of one of the town's only black families. As a teenager, Vanessa defied Helen, flirting with boys, drinking, and smoking pot. But despite their early conflicts, Helen has always ardently protected her daughter, staying in contact with the FBI about the multiple death threats Vanessa received after being crowned and being there for her during the dissolution of her two marriages. Now the mother of four children, Vanessa describes how she's made it through the ups and downs of her life as well as her career. Jointly written by Vanessa and Helen and filled with dozens of personal family photos and mementos, You Have No Idea is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter and the life of a woman who beat the odds to achieve her destiny.
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The highly anticipated first book by a widely respected entertainer whose career highlights include The Right Stuff, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and former Miss AmericaWhen Vanessa Williams was growing up, she had a plan: She'd go to college and major in musical theater; afterward she'd get her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and then she would embark on a successful career on Broadway. And to make sure she stayed on that path, her mother, Helen Williams, gave her a list of things that she should never- ever-do. Near the top of that list was "never ever pose nude for anyone." So when Vanessa became the first African-American woman to win the title of Miss America in September 1983 (an accomplishment that she never planned for or desired), only to be forced to resign ten months later due to a nude photo scandal, the lives of both Vanessa and Helen took an unexpected turn. But Vanessa survived this setback, and many others to come, to enjoy a thirty-plus-year career as an award-winning singer and actress. Vanessa has been asked to write her memoir many times, but only now-with the help of her mother-is she ready to tell her story. Vanessa grew up in Millwood, New York, part of one of the town's only black families. As a teenager, Vanessa defied Helen, flirting with boys, drinking, and smoking pot. But despite their early conflicts, Helen has always ardently protected her daughter, staying in contact with the FBI about the multiple death threats Vanessa received after being crowned and being there for her during the dissolution of her two marriages. Now the mother of four children, Vanessa describes how she's made it through the ups and downs of her life as well as her career. Jointly written by Vanessa and Helen and filled with dozens of personal family photos and mementos, You Have No Idea is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter and the life of a woman who beat the odds to achieve her destiny.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Helen Williams

Length:

7h 17m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

08:53


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

22:16


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

30:04


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

30:48


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

26:55


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

03:04


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

33:43


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

07:14


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

08:24


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

32:39


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

04:29


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

05:00


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

08:48


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

04:41


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

24:44


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

14:01


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

24:30


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

08:03


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

02:21


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

25:05


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

13:25


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

02:30


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

06:27


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

04:22


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

05:13


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

04:54


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

01:29


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

11:02


Part 5, Chapter 28
Part 5, Chapter 28

16:22


Part 5, Chapter 29
Part 5, Chapter 29

02:59


Part 5, Chapter 30
Part 5, Chapter 30

15:42


Part 5, Chapter 31
Part 5, Chapter 31

06:53


Part 5, Chapter 32
Part 5, Chapter 32

02:53


Part 5, Chapter 33
Part 5, Chapter 33

18:01