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INITIAL REACTION CLEARS THE CONFUSION

The Vanessa Williams who starred in "Eraser" has seen that name erased from the Screen Actors Guild registry. It's now Vanessa L. Williams.

The singer, actress and former Miss America shared the screen name with the actress in TV's "Chicago Hope." But the other Williams registered first and recently asked the union to impose the initial distinction.

Vanessa Lynne Williams' publicist told Entertainment Weekly's latest edition that the other Williams was having problems with the confusion and had the right to ask for the change.

Vanessa L. Williams appears with Vivica A. Fox ("Independence Day") in "Soul Food," a family drama due Oct. 3.

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