Vanessa Williams Travels From Mode To Wisteria Lane

Vanessa Williams says she will be a "wicked new housewife" on Wisteria Lane in the fall. (AP file photo)

NEW YORK (CBS) Actress-singer Vanessa Williams isn't letting any grass grow under her feet.

While admittedly "heartbroken" over the sudden cancellation of "Ugly Betty" (which ended April 14), she is already making plans for the fall, when she will join the cast of "Desperate Housewives."

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Williams , who played Mode magazine editor-in-chief Wilhelmina Slater in "Ugly Betty," announced her new gig in an interview in the June/July 2010 issue of Working Mother magazine. She also spoke to the magazine about her 27 years in show business, her life as a single mother of four, and why she, of all people, uses Botox. (Don't worry, she's darn proud of it.)

Well known as a "triple-threat" both on Broadway and in Hollywood, Williams, 47, quickly took up a role that allows her to use all three skills. Where she sings, dances and acts alongside Tony Award winner Barbara Cook in the Broadway production "Sondheim on Sondheim."

Fans of her small-screen role in "Ugly Betty" can take solace in her admisision that she will play a "wicked new housewife' on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" this fall when she joins the Wisteria Lane entourage that also includes Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria Parker

The full article along with tidbits on Williams' keys to staying fit can be found at