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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 November 1980Clark Air Force Base, Philippines
Birth NameVanessa Joy Minnillo
Nickname Nessa
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vanessa Minnillo was born on November 9, 1980, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Her father, Vince Minnillo, of Irish and Italian extraction,was a crew member on an Air Force aircraft - he has since retired. Her mother, Helen Berecero, is a Filipino who he met while based in the Philippines. Vanessa and her family, which includes her adopted brother Vincent who is two-years older than she, lived in California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan before settling down in Charleston, South Carolina. Vanessa attended seven different schools during this time, and participated in cheer leading and volunteer work for numerous local charities.

Her parents divorced in 1986, and Helen was awarded custody of both children; Vanessa only saw her father on weekends. When her mother remarried, the family moved to Turkey, where her new stepfather, who was in the US Air Force, was assigned. They were forced to evacuate when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, leading to the Gulf War of 1991, and Helen brought the kids back to the US, leaving them with their father until she could get back on her feet. That would be the last Vanessa would see of her mother, who never returned. Instead, Vanessa began a new life, along with her brother, living with her father Vince and his new wife, Donna, whom she now calls her "best friend".

With her life more settled, Vanessa began to turn her attention to the Miss South Carolina beauty pageant in 1996. She had loved cheer leading since she was a young child, and was very keen on performing in front of an audience. With her unaffected style and natural ebullience, she easily won over the judges, sweeping all the categories before winning the crown. Two years later, on August 17, 1998, she competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Though it was preempted by CBS' live coverage of a speech by President Bill Clinton regarding the Monica Lewinsky ordeal; in the end, she wowed the Miss Teen USA judges just as she had the Miss South Carolina judges two years earlier. It was her second pageant, and her second victory.

In the three years since handing over her Miss Teen USA crown, Vanessa has concentrated on college, acting and modeling. She has a promising future, and was recently one of the finalists in E!'s competition to find a replacement for Brooke Burke-Charvet as hostess for the show, Wild On... (1997). Though the job ultimately went to Cindy Taylor, Vanessa made a big impression with "Wild On..." fans across the world, and hopes to continue working in television for some time to come.

She began dating Nick Lachey in 2006, shortly after Jessica Simpson filed for divorce from him. The couple married in 2011, and Vanessa had their son in 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Zootipantz (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (1)

Nick Lachey (15 July 2011 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Miss Teen USA of 1998 and was named Miss Congeniality
Was a judge on the Miss Teen USA 2003 program
Named #62 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Has an older adopted brother, Vincent.
Named #15 on Maxim's Hot 100 list of 2006.
Ranked #34 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Ranked #69 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Broke up with Nick Lachey in June 2009, then they got back together in October 2009.
Sister-in-law of Drew Lachey and Lea Lachey.
Shares the same birthdate with husband Nick Lachey.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son Camden John Lachey on September 12, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Nick Lachey.
Is a regular contributor to Entertainment Tonight (1981). [June 2005]
(July 15, 2011) Married her on-off boyfriend of 5 years Nick Lachey following an 8-month-long engagement.
(July 15, 2014) Expecting her 2nd child & 1st daughter with her husband Nick Lachey.

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