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Overview (4)

Born in Clark Air Force Base, Philippines
Birth NameVanessa Joy Minnillo
Nickname Nessa
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born on November 9, 1980, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. She is the daughter of Helen Ramos Bercero and Vincent Charles Minnillo, a crew member on an Air Force aircraft (he has since retired). Her father is American, from Ohio, and is of half Italian, one quarter Russian-Jewish, and one quarter Irish, descent. Her mother is a Filipina whom he met while based in the Philippines. Vanessa and her family, which includes her 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 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.

Vanessa began dating singer Nick Lachey in 2006, shortly after Jessica Simpson filed for divorce from him. The couple married in 2011, and have three children.

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

Spouse (1)

Nick Lachey (15 July 2011 - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia (14)

Miss Congeniality and winner of Miss Teen USA 1998.
Was a judge for Miss Teen USA 2003.
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.
Is a regular contributor to Entertainment Tonight (1981). [June 2005]
(July 15, 2011) Married her on-off boyfriend of 5 years Nick Lachey at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. They began dating in 2006 after they met when she appeared in the music video for his song "What's Left of Me". In June 2009, they broke up, but in October 2009, they confirmed that they were back together after having been "single for a minute". They became engaged in November 2010.
Mother, with husband Nick Lachey, of three children: son Camden John Lachey (b. September 12, 2012), daughter Brooklyn Elisabeth Lachey (b. January 5, 2015) and one more son, Phoenix Robert Lachey (b. December 24, 2016).
In December 2016, her younger son Phoenix was born 10 weeks prematurely and was in NICU. He spent six weeks in the hospital.

Personal Quotes (9)

I think there should be a good balance between being a good student and being able to enjoy your high school life.
I didn't grow up with a mother, so I don't have that resource to rely on and ask a million questions.
I am an Air Force brat - that's the terminology they use for military kids who are traveling constantly.
It's a comforting thought to know that I've got my partner by my side walking through life and all the ups and the downs. I know we can handle it. There's nothing too big or too crazy that's going to tear us apart.
Well, the thing about my high school, which I loved, is that we had uniforms. But whenever we had a free dress day, it was prep-ville, with sweater vests and polo shirts and khakis and Dockers.
I think as I've gotten older, I've learned to look at life and take every day as it comes.
I went to eight different schools my first nine years of school.
The best advice I get is actually from my family and friends. That has been a huge resource I've come to rely on.
I do a lot of damage to my hair every day because of my work. I just noticed this huge change. It started getting thinner and it started falling out. I hit 30, and I literally felt like I was balding!

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