Ugly Betty star Vanessa Williams was challenged by her mother Helen Williams, a former elementary school music teacher, to set high standards for herself

Education was always a priority for the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award nominee, and she credits her mother with teaching her how to be a "responsible, self-sufficient adult."

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