Cynda Williams (born May 17, 1966) is an American television and film actress, singer, songwriter, playwright, author, artistic mentor and activist.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, as Cynthia Williams, she was known as Cindy Williams until she started her film career. At that time, the graduate of Muncie Northside High School and Ball State University changed her first name to “Cynda” to avoid conflicts with Laverne & Shirley actress Cindy Williams, who was also listed by the same name with the Screen Actors Guild.
Williams has acted in films on both television and in the cinema. Her first appearance in a feature film was in Spike Lee‘s 1990 Mo’ Better Blues. She was also in One False Move (1992) as well as the Tales of the City Channel 4/PBS miniseries.
While most well known for her involvement in the movie industry, Williams had a brief stint in the music industry in 1990 with her appearance on the soundtrack to Mo’ Better Blues, on the song “Harlem Blues”. The single was popular, reaching #9 on the R&B charts on November 17, 1990.
With the success of the single, Williams had been lined up with Sony to produce her own album. While she was trained in a variety of genres, jazz became pressed on her after the success of “Harlem Blues”. The album was shelved following internal disagreements at Sony.
She has been married three times. Her first marriage was to actor Billy Bob Thornton from 1990 until 1992. She then married actor Arthur Louis Fuller in 1993 before divorcing in 1998. She also was formerly married to former college football star and television producer, Roderick Plummer, whom she married in 2001.
|1990||Mo’ Better Blues||Clarke Bentancourt|
|1992||One False Move||Lila “Fantasia” Walker|
|1993||Ghost Brigade||Rebecca||Alternative titles: Grey Knight and The Killing Box|
|Condition Red||Gidell Ryan|
|The Tie That Binds||Lisa-Marie Chandler|
|1996||Gang in Blue||Anita Boyard|
|Tales of Erotica||Davida Urked||Segment: Wet|
|Black Rose of Harlem||Georgia||Alternative title: Machine Gun Blues and Pistol Blues|
|1998||Caught Up||Vanessa Dietrich/Trish|
|Relax…It’s Just Sex||Sarina Classer|
|The Last Call||Alternative title: Stingers|
|2003||With or Without You||Cheri Fontenot|
|2005||When Do We Eat?||Grace|
|Divine Intervention||Sister Grier|
|2008||Beautiful Loser||Dennice (Adult)|
|2012||Turning Point||Dede Johnson|
|1993||Tales of the City||D’orothea/Dorothy Wilson||Miniseries|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Deletha||Episode: “Fearless“|
|1997||New York Undercover||Erica Rockler||1 episode|
|1998||The Wedding||Liz Odis||Miniseries|
|1999||Introducing Dorothy Dandridge||Vivian Dandridge||Television movie|
|2000||The Courage to Love||Cecelia Delille||Television movie|
|Hidden Blessings||Brandy Taylor||Television movie|
|2003||Violation||Rita Washington||Television movie|
|2006||Our House||Nurse||Television movie|
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1993||Independent Spirit Award||Nominated||Best Female Lead||One False Move|