Vanessa Marcil Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 October 1968Indio, California, USA
Birth NameSally Vanessa Ortiz
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vanessa Marcil was born on October 15, 1968, in Indio, California, to Peter Ortiz, a contractor, and Patricia Marcil Ortiz, an herbalist. She grew up in Palm Desert with her parents and her two older sisters Tina and Sherry and her older brother Sam. When Vanessa was 8 she started acting in plays and even performed her own song at a sixth-grade talent show, which she won. Soon afterward she began pursuing an acting career and starred in several theatre productions before landing the role of Brenda Barrett on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital (1963) in 1992.

She made her feature film debut in The Rock (1996) opposite Nicolas Cage and starred in a made-for-television movie, To Love, Honor and Deceive (1996), in 1996. She stayed with General Hospital (1963) until 1998 and then left to join the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) as Gina Kincaid, a former ice skater replacing Tiffani Thiessen as the show's vixen. She met Brian Austin Green on the show and the two had a baby together named Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green born on March 30, 2002.

In the fall of 2002 she made her long-awaited return to General Hospital (1963) reprising her role as Brenda Barrett, garnering her a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress" in 2003. Vanessa later joined the cast of the NBC drama Las Vegas (2003) as Sam Marquez, a casino host where she remained on the show for five seasons until 2008. That same year she became the host of Lifetime's reality show Blush: The Search for America's Greatest Makeup Artist (2008) as well as making a three episode guest appearance on the NBC show Lipstick Jungle (2008).

In 2009, she starred in the Hallmark channel movie The Nanny Express (2008) as well as in the Lifetime movie One Hot Summer (2009). In 2010, she was in the web series The Bannen Way (2010) and in August 2010 after a seven year absence, she made her return to General Hospital (1963) remaining on the show for a year before her departure from the show in July 2011. Although she did make a guest appearance in April 2013 to commemorate the show's 50th anniversary.

Then in 2014, she starred in the Hallmark channel movie, Stranded in Paradise (2014) alongside James Denton. She is writing a book about her life which will be released in the near future. She resides in Los Angeles, California with her son Kassius.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Revitalizations@aol.com

Spouse (2)

Carmine Giovinazzo (11 July 2010 - 18 March 2013) (divorced)
Corey Feldman (6 August 1989 - 1 January 1993) (divorced)

Trivia (29)

Her father Peter is of Mexican descent. Her mother Patricia is of French, Italian, and Portuguese descent. She is the youngest of four children. All of her family remains living in Indio, California, USA.
As a child, she was given the option of skipping second grade along with a friend. She and her parents decided against it.
Attended Indio High School, Indio, California. Was part of the Circle Theatre Acting Company in Indio.
Attended College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California, where she studied law.
Has a tattoo on her lower back of a tribal symbol representing peace and love in the universe.
Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996. Was offered the cover and a layout in Playboy but she declined. She is reportedly very shy about revealing her body.
Is a vegetarian.
Has two dogs named Woof and Joey.
Performed her own song at a 6th grade talent show and won.
Named in honor of actress Vanessa Redgrave.
She has designed a line of children's clothing called, 'Kass' (named in honor of her son Kassius) for Africa. A portion of the proceeds will go to help build schools and open centers to support and empower mothers and their children in Africa.
Was offered the role of Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal (1997) but was forced to turn it down because she had already signed on to Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). The role was then given to Portia de Rossi.
Auditioned for the part of Nancy in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) however, the part was eventually given to Jennifer Esposito, since the director felt her beauty would give less attention to the lead actors of the film.
Opened Patricia House in Los Angeles, which will aid women who can no longer care for their children. Created a hotline for these women to have their babies placed in good homes.
She has suffered from agoraphobia.
She remarked on Today (1952), 5 November 2004 that she is the great granddaughter of French mime Marcel Marceau, though she never met him.
Named #19 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list. Named #92 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Has a grandmother named Sally.
Named #92 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Loves to ride motorcycles.
Named on People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" list (2008), reportedly for being a muse to musician Prince, who wrote his 1994 song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" about her.
Is best friends with The Biggest Loser (2004) trainer Jillian Michaels who is the godmother of her son Kassius.
Married Carmine Giovinazzo, from CSI: NY (2004), on July 11, 2010 in New York.
One of her best friends is Suzanne Whang of HGTV's House Hunters (1999). They first met when Suzanne was cast as Polly on NBC's Las Vegas (2003).
Was in a relationship with Brian Austin Green from 1999 to 2003. They have a son together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a son Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green on March 30, 2002. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Brian Austin Green.
Had 2 miscarriages during her 2nd marriage to Carmine Giovinazzo.
Signed on to take a regular role on NYPD Blue (1993) in that series' 9th season (2001-02) as Det. Carmen Olivera, a newly promoted officer who was being pushed aside at another precinct by sexist, racist, and just plain stupid male superiors, and who would join the 15th Precinct after impressing them on a case. However, after Marcil filmed her debut episode (which aired as the 2nd part of a two-episode season premiere in November 2001), the producers and cast agreed the part wasn't working and dropped the story thread in favor of bringing in another young Latina detective in a later episode (who was played by Jacqueline Obradors). Marcil did return for one episode to play Det. Olivera in Season 11 but did not interact with any of the regular characters nor return again after that.
The role of Gina Kincaid in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) was specifically written for her and created by Aaron Spelling.

Personal Quotes (5)

"Because of my crazy work schedule, I have become something of a master at changing my clothes while driving. The men driving next to me love it." - on driving to work while changing clothes.
"Acting probably saved my life. It gave me a home and a safe place to let out all of my emotions and have it be OK." - in having it be an outlet.
I don't know any woman who doesn't have an anxiety attack about wearing a bathing suit. I was on the show (General Hospital (1963)) for two years before they got me to wear a bathing suit and I almost had a heart attack the whole time.
I'm not ready to be a woman yet. I'd like it if my body were more boyish. Maybe I'll like my curves when I'm older but right now they kind of make me squirm.
I balance things better and don't kill myself so much, but conflict makes me a more interesting actress to watch. The places I go to pull emotions from, I think if you have a perfect, happy life, you just don't have those places. And I want those places. I'm proud of those places.

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