You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other) Audiobook | Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams | Audible.com
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You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other) | [Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams]

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

When 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. But her life took a detour and she wound up the first black 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 - much to the shock of her mother, Helen, who had told her, "never pose nude for anyone."
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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated first book by superstar Vanessa Williams and her mother.

When 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. But her life took a detour and she wound up the first black 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 - much to the shock of her mother, Helen, who had told her, "never pose nude for anyone."

But Vanessa survived this setback, and many others to come, to enjoy a 30-plus-year career as an award-winning singer and actress. Vanessa has been asked to write her memoir many times, but only now - in collaboration with her mother, Helen - is she ready to tell her story.

Vanessa grew up in Millwood, New York, part of one of the town's only African-American families. When Vanessa was a teenager, she and Helen were constantly at odds. But despite their early conflicts, Helen has always ardently protected and supported her daughter, staying in contact with the FBI about the death threats Vanessa received after being crowned and being there for her through the births of her four children and dissolution of her two marriages.

Vanessa describes how she's made it through the ups and downs of her life as well as her career - from the The Right Stuff to Kiss of the Spider Woman to Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. 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, thus far, of a woman who beat the odds to achieve her destiny.

©2012 Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams (P)2012 Penguin

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    Crystal Shreveport, LA United States 01-09-13
    Crystal Shreveport, LA United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2011

    "I listen to learn"!

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    "Excellent Book-enjoyed from beginning to end!"

    Loved this book. Read by Vanessa and Mom so you can really feel all the emotions throughout the story. Very telling and candid. I loved the openess. You will hear many things that may surprise you. I was exceptionally impressed with this TELL ALL! You must buy!

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    Sonya Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-19-12
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    What did you love best about You Have No Idea?

    Vanessa's and her mother's candidness about their life experiences and relationship.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The book's title...You Have No Idea


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of wisdom regarding parenting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lanell71 HOUSTON, TX, United States 10-21-13
    lanell71 HOUSTON, TX, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent story from both Mother and Daughter."
    What does Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration from the actual author of a book brings a life to the words they write. Expressions and tone of voice really makes the author point come across. I love listening to both Vanessa and Helen tell their versions of the events in the book. Very well narrated and written.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You have no idea.


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    Rafal Wroclaw, Poland 09-22-12
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    "Amazing Biography!"
    If you could sum up You Have No Idea in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh approach, well read, just perfect!


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    Amazing experience to listen to Vanessa and her mother telling the story of their lives ... ++++++

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