Vanessa Williams Joins ‘The Good Wife’ in Recurring Role

Actress, singer and Miss America winner will appear on hit CBS drama opposite Julianna Margulies

Last Updated: September 21, 2015 @ 1:54 PM

There she is — Miss America 1984 — Vanessa Williams.

Williams is set to join CBS drama “The Good Wife” in a recurring capacity, the network announced Monday.

The actress and singer will play Courtney Boalt, an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick’s (Chris Noth) campaign for President. In the process, she meets Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), sparking a mutual attraction.

“There are very few names you can put side-by-side that make you laugh,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King in a statement. “Alan Cumming and Vanessa Williams are at the top of that list. We couldn’t be more excited.”

Williams becomes the latest high profile casting for the courtroom drama starring Julianna Margulies following the exits of series regulars Archie Panjabi and Josh Charles. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also set to join Season 7 as a new series regular, while Margo Martindale will appear in a recurring capacity.

Williams’ most notable TV roles include regular stints on “Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty” and ABC’s short-lived “666 Park Avenue.” She is represented by UTA and GEF Entertainment.

“The Good Wife” premieres on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.


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