Wendy Williams life and biography

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Wendy Williams biography

Date of birth : 1964-07-18
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-02-03
Credited as : Tv personality, bestselling author, Queen Of All Media

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Wendy Williams is an American media personality and New York Times bestselling author. Known as the Queen Of All Media, she hosts her own syndicated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. Williams is an outspoken Buddhist, and a member of the Buddhist group Soka Gakkai International, or SGI. Williams is known for being a former DJ in New York City, where she gossiped about entertainers and conducted celebrity interviews. Williams gained notoriety for her on-air spats with celebrities.

A native of New Jersey, talk show maven Wendy Williams (not to be confused with the Plasmatics singer of the same name) grew up in a conservative, middle-class African American family. She made her name not on television but on East Coast radio, touting a brash, brazen form of celebrity-oriented gossip that hinged on by-the-throat comments, branded her as a "shock jock," and drew more than one legal threat from A-listers (in the most widely reported incident, Williams got into a lengthy brouhaha on the air with controversial diva Whitney Houston that quickly turned foul and nasty). Williams spent nearly two decades on the air in this format and shuffled back and forth between New York and Philadelphia-based stations, including Manhattan's Hot 97 and Philly's Power 99, then in 2003 made the leap to television with VH1's similarly themed celebrity gossip talk program Wendy Williams Is on Fire (2003). In 2008, a follow-up talk program debuted on Fox, the Los Angeles-based Wendy Williams Show.

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