Wanna feel old?
It was thirty years ago today that Miss Vanessa Williams, aka the Last Holder of the Title Who Turned into Anything Interesting, was crowned as Miss America. Thirty years.
She's had a pretty good run, when you think about, having overcome the hubbub that ended her Atlantic City reign; that little matter of racy snaps seems awfully tame nowadays, no?
"The Best for Last" was her biggest hit. It may be the living embodiment of Noël Coward's pronouncement - "Extraordinary how potent cheap music is" - but it remains, at the right moment, potent even so. What can I say? When you're someone who didn't meet the love of your life until 40, you know that sometimes it is all a big surprise.