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Almost Got the Part

Vanessa Williams

Actress, singer and model Vanessa Williams has found success in a lot of different avenues in her life, and she's performed in many acclaimed roles in film, television and on Broadway. But she let one Oscar-winning role slip through her fingers; the lead in the critically touted Monster's Ball. The role eventually went to Halle Berry, who ended up winning an Oscar for her effort.

Why didn't Williams accept the role when it was offered to her? On a recent episode of Oprah's Master Class, she reveals it was because she had just given birth to her daughter Sasha, and didn't want to be nude in front of the whole world. "I just had a baby, and I was like, 'I am not getting naked in front of a crew of people at this time!'" she told Oprah.

The 2001 film, which graphically depicts the sexual relationship between a poor Southern woman (Berry) and a widowed prison guard (Billy Bob Thornton) after her husband gets executed for murder, was also nominated for Best Screenplay.

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