1. Born Vanessa Joy Minnillo in the Philippines, her father was in the Air Force so she grew up as a "military brat" and moved frequently. She's has lived in California, Nevada, Florida, Germany, Turkey, Japan and South Carolina.
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2. Was very active in beauty pageants and won Miss Teen USA in 1998.
3. Her first acting job was a recurring role on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
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4. Shares the same birthday as husband Nick, November 9 (Nick is seven years older).
5. Was once an all-star cheerleader who appeared on the cover of two Varsity uniform catalogs.
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