Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams is best known as the host of The Wendy Williams Show. Although you might be familiar with her role as a television host, there’s much more to her. Here are five surprising things you didn’t about Wendy Williams.

Wendy Williams starred in a Broadway show

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Wendy Williams| Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Did you know that Wendy Williams is an actress? She made her Broadway debut in 2013, playing the role of Matron “Mama” Morton in the musical Chicago. Williams told her studio audience that playing this role was challenging but she’s glad she pushed herself to do something she wouldn’t normally do:

This is by far the most difficult thing I have ever done in my entire career. And I’ve been doing my career now between radio and TV for almost 30 years… I encourage you to not be scared of life’s challenges, and if it’s not going to break you as a person or mess up your life, go out on a limb and dare yourself to do something that frightens the heck out of you. You will feel so good once you accomplish it.

Wendy Williams is a published author and many of her books made The New York Times Bestseller list

Williams is not only a host but also a published author. Some of her books include Wendy’s Got the Heat (2003), The Wendy Williams Experience (2004), Ask Wendy: Straight-Up Advice for All the Drama in Your Life (2013), and Hold Me in Contempt: A Romance (2014).

She has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy award

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Williams’ talent has not gone unnoticed. The host has been nominated for Daytime Emmy awards in the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host category for her work on The Wendy Williams Show. She received her first nomination in 2015. Williams was also nominated for a People’s Choice Award in 2016.

Wendy does stand-up comedy

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Wendy Williams| Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

If you think she has a knack for being funny that’s probably because she’s had some practice. Williams has done stand-up comedy shows. She participated in her first comedy tour back in 2014 at The Venetian Las Vegas. The talk-show host headlined “Lipshtick: The Perfect Shade of Stand Up,” which was a 14-week residency made up of all women. Williams told her studio audience her stand-up comedy experience was a dream come true but that it rivaled Broadway and Dancing with the Stars when it came to being challenged.  

She’s good at sewing

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Wendy Williams|Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vulture Festival

Williams says she has a talent for sewing. Although she is a celebrity, she is proud of herself because she is able to save her family money by being able to repair worn clothing and household items. In an interview with Marie Claire, Williams shared how her talent has been helpful to her family. “I am a pretty good sewer. I sew with a needle and thread, old school. I’ve sewn pillows… I sew holes in my son’s clothes, fix things that my husband has, and we actually save a lot of money off of my sewing.”

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