Jul. 18th, 1964
Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA
Wendy Williams' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2004 - The Cookout
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Wendy Joan Williams (born July 18, 1964) is an American media personality and New York Times bestselling author. She calls herself the "Queen Of All Media" and hosts her own syndicated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. Williams has gained notoriety for her on-air spats with celebrities. Williams was a contestant on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars. She was eliminated on April 5, 2011.
Wendy Williams was born to Thomas and Shirley Williams, as the middle child of three children. She and her siblings were raised in the Wayside section of Ocean Township, New Jersey. She graduated from Ocean Township High School. From 1982 to 1986, Williams attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she graduated with a B.A. in communications and wasTelevision and other mediaTelevision show
AMV 53rd Street Studio where the show is producedOn July 13, 2008, Williams debuted her daytime talk show The Wendy Williams Show on My 9 and FOX 5 in New York, and My 13 and FOX 11 in L.A., and most FOX O&O stations except WTVT & WOGX. The show aired in New York City, Dallas, Detroit, and Los Angeles during summer 2008 for a test run. FOX television stations signed a deal with syndication company Debmar-Mercury at the end of the test to broadcast the show on its station group beginning in July 2009. The "shock jockette" remains true to her moniker when in her television trailer, she refers to exercising and crunching for her "belly flatness" and "kegeling" (strengthening her vaginal muscles). As part of the show Williams also drinks tea from various Wonder Woman themed coffee mugs.
Williams has cried several times on her talk show. One instance occurred while talking about weight issues during an Ask Wendy segment. Another instance occurred while discussing her experience with pregnancy during a Hot Topics segment on August 27, 2009. She cried yet again on September 15, 2009 while stating that she did not feel that Whitney Houston took ownership of her previous drug abuse problem in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey. She compared Houston's drug abuse problem with her own struggles with cocaine. She was clearly moved during an intimate and animated interview with her "big sister" Natalie Cole on February 4, 2010. Williams also cried when comedian and television host Whoopi Goldberg appeared on her show on February 15, 2010. Williams showed an emotional side again on May 17, 2010 when she was able to meet singer Dolly Parton, stating that she feels blessed to be able to meet celebrities she loves. Wendy got emotional again on January 27, 2011 when her studio audience gave her an overwhelming welcome. She later explained that she hadn't expected an audience at all after 19" of snow fell in the New York City area, preventing many people from going out that day. On March 2, 2011, Wendy was moved to tears yet again during her interview with Aretha Franklin, when Ms. Franklin complimented her on the way she spoke out about Whitney Houston's drug problem in 2009.
Other Television Appearances
Williams has been announced as one of the contestants on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars, which will begin on March 21, 2011. Her professional partner will be Tony Dovolani. Below is a breakdown of Wendy's scores, dances and music on Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 12). Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.
Williams has guest appearances slated for March and April 2011 on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Williams plays a talk show host named Phyllis Rose on a television show called Access Llanview, and references a segment from The Wendy Williams Show called "Hot Topics". She also says her catch phrase: "How you doin'?"
In 2009, Williams announced that she was in the planning stages of making a movie about her life. The Queen of All Media was written by Kimba Henriques, with Robin Givens in the lead role of Wendy Williams. Filming wrapped up in late August 2009 and is set to be released sometime in 2010. After Wendy's talk show premiered, producers thought that the movie needed a different ending, which they filmed August 26 of 2009. Wendy announced this on her radio show and also said that she wasn't really sure when it will be out.
- In the South African Zulu language, "How you doin'?" is "Gunjani?", to which the response is "Encona." Wendy discovered this after speaking to a South African caller to the show named Benny. She plays the recording of the conversation almost daily.
- Graduated from Northeastern University in 1986.
- Played clarinet in her high school marching band.
- Gave birth to her son, Kevin Hunter Jr. in 2000.
- Coined the phrase "How you doin'?", to which the response is "Awwwlllriiight?"
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