Who is Vanessa Marcil? Wiki Bio
Vanessa Sally Ortiz was born in Indio, California, USA, on October 15, 1968, so her zodiac sign is Libra and she is of American nationality. She is an actress who gained fame after playing Brenda Barrett in the daytime medical drama series ‘General Hospital’.
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Early life and education
Vanessa was raised alongside her three siblings – Pete Samuel ‘Sam’ Ortiz Jr., Tina and Sherry, in Indio by their millionaire father Pete Ortiz, and their mother Patricia Marcil, who was an herbalist. Pete was a Mexican, who became a contractor at a very young age, earning his first million by the time he turned 30; he died on September 14, 2017. Patricia is of French and Italian descent.
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Vanessa grew up with an interest in acting, watching numerous shows and movies on TV and performing for the first time at the age of eight, later joining the Indio High School drama club while studying there. Vanessa was also physically active with soccer and volleyball and learned to play the guitar. After her matriculation, she enrolled at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in law.
Roles in movies
Vanessa made her film debut in the action thriller movie “The stonein 1996, with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris in the story that follows a chemist and a former criminal who team up to stop a group of criminals who plan to release deadly gas in San Francisco.
In 1997, she portrayed Danielle in the romantic fantasy film “976-WISH,” starring Dan Brooks and Courtney Gebhart, and follows a freshman who befriends a magical ghost. In 1999, she was invited to play Erin in the romantic comedy film “Nice Guys Sleep Alone”, starring Michael Green and Sean O’Bryan, and tells of a man who is dumped by his girlfriends for being too sweet. She appeared in “This Space Between Us” in 2000 and in the science fiction film “Storm Watch” in 2002, while some of her last appearances in films were in “The Wrong Mother” in 2017, “Bad Tutor” in 2018, and “My stepfather’s secret” in 2019.
Appearances in TV series
Vanessa made her TV series debut in 1992 when she was cast to play the lead character Brenda Barrett in the daytime medical drama series “General Hospital‘, and then filmed for the series until 1998.
The show is still airing and currently starring Maurice Benard, Steve Burton and Laura Wright, it features daily happenings at a hospital, hotel and restaurant in New York’s Port Charles. Vanessa appeared in 1996 in “To Love, Honor and Deceive” and in a single episode of “High Incident” in 1997, before being cast to star as Gina Kincaid in the teen drama TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1998 to 2000. She played Crazy Kara in “Spin City” and “NYPD Blue” in 2001, then played Brenda again in “General Hospital,” in 2002 and 2003.
She has been praised for her portrayal of Sam Marquez, the lead character in the comedy drama series “Las Vegas”, starring Josh Duhamel and James Caan and following everything that happens at the Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vanessa shot for the series from 2003 to 2008, while simultaneously playing Sam in “Crossing Jordan” in 2004-05. In 2008, Vanessa appeared in three episodes of “Lipstick Jungle”, while in 2009 she acted in “The Nanny Express”, “Without a Trace” and “One Hot Summer”. She then played Brenda in “General Hospital” in 2010 and ’11, while also appearing in a single episode of “The Bannen Way” in 2010, “Hawaii Five-0” in 2012 and “Stranded in Paradise” in 2012. Vanessa also guest-starred, most recently appearing in “General Hospital” in 2012. Vanessa’s last role in TV series was on the reality competition show “Hell’s Kitchen” in 2014.
Awards & Accolades
Vanessa was nominated for eight prizes for her performance in “General Hospital”.
She received her first nomination in 1994 at the Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Female Newcomer, while her second came in 1995 at the Soap Opera Digest Awards for the Hottest Soap Couple (nominated alongside Maurice Benard). In 1997, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and went on to win a Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star in 1997, and a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Vanessa was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and went on to win a Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Return and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2003.
Love life and relationships
Vanessa started dating Corey Feldman, an American actor and singer, in 1986, and they married in 1989, but they divorced in 1993, widely believed to be caused by Corey’s infidelity. She met Brian Austin Green in 1997 while shooting together for the series “Beverly Hills, 90210”, and they dated for five years before Vanessa gave birth to their son Kassius in 2002. They stayed together for another year before breaking up, and Vanessa continued to raise their son alone.
She met Carmine Giovinazzo, an American actor, writer and musician, in 2008 and they married on July 11, 2010 in a private ceremony attended only by the two’s closest friends and family. Vanessa announced she was pregnant in June 2011, but miscarried shortly after her second miscarriage that year.
Vanessa and Marci divorced in March 2013 due to irreconcilable differences. Vanessa became engaged to a man she calls “MC,” who is considered a deputy, and announced in November 2017 that she was pregnant again, but miscarried in January 2018, actually her seventh.
Hobbies and other interests
Vanessa was apparently more intelligent than her peers when she was in grade school, and had the chance to skip second grade, but her parents wouldn’t allow it. She is a fan of tattoos and had one on her lower back that represented peace and love but decided to remove it in 2018. Vanessa was interested in modeling during her teens and posed for numerous magazines after becoming a famous actress, including an invitation to appear in “Playboy” but declined.
She is a huge animal lover and has had multiple pets while currently looking after her two dogs Whiskey and Cowboy. She enjoys watching movies in her spare time, with some of her favorite actors and actresses being Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Natalie Portman while some of her favorite movies are the trilogy “The Godfather”, “An Officer and a Gentleman” , and “Terms of Endearment”. She became interested in designing clothes and created her own line that Kass made for children. After raising her son on her own, she founded Patricia House in Los Angeles, which helps women who are struggling to raise their children.
Vanessa has an irrational fear of crowded places called agoraphobia.
Appearance and power
Vanessa is 51 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 1.63 m tall and weighs about 57 kg. As of April 2020, her assets is estimated to be over $4 million.