Bestest birthday wishes to my "fabulous, gorgeous, always makes me comfortable, always makes me laugh" friend Vanessa Williams who celebrates her 54th birthday today.
I've known Vanessa since we attended Syracuse University together many moons ago.
Obviously V has gone on to major, major accomplishments over the years in film, TV, Broadway and the recording studio. So many to name, I won't try.
But my favorite thing about Vanessa over the years is she has never changed the way she treats me as her old friend. We may not see each other for some time. But she's always the same person I knew back in school.
I've documented a few of our meet-ups over the years here, here, and here.
|Me with Vanessa Williams, husband Jim Skrip and my hubby Michael Caprio|
at pre-gala reception hosted by Fendi (all photos by Denise Truscello)
Earlier this year I was asked to introduce Vanessa at Nevada Ballet Theatre's annual gala as they honored her as "Woman of the Year."
In my introduction, I shared the story behind the pic below when I had just finished cancer treatment in 2009. Clearly, I didn't look like myself after chemo, and I was very self-conscious.
But seeing Vanessa backstage after her concert here in Las Vegas that year, she didn't blink. Once she knew I was good, she ignored the way I looked and made me feel as comfortable as always.
Vanessa rocks. And I adore her.
Happy happy birthday, doll!