Wendy Williams was born on September 12, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Williams is the daughter of Gertrude (née) and Irvin Williams.
Her father was a trumpet player and bandleader and her mother played the piano.
She has one brother, Ike. Williams began her performing career at the age of seven,
when she made an appearance on "The Today Show" with her father.
Williams attended Philadelphia's Pine-Richland High School where she was a cheerleader and president of her senior class.
After high school, Williams briefly attended Temple University before dropping out to pursue a musical career.
She then moved to Los Angeles and landed a role on the soap opera "Another World".
Williams' big break came in 1984 when she was cast as host of "The Wendy Williams Show".
Wendy Williams is an American television host, businesswoman, media personality and author who has a net worth of $20 million.