October 15, 1968
Indio, California, U.S.
|Other names||Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo|
(m. 1989;div. 1993)
(m. 2010;div. 2013)
Vanessa Marcil // mar-SEL;[ citation needed ] born Sally Vanessa Ortiz; October 15, 1968 ) is an American actress. She is best known for her television roles as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital , Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210 , and Sam Marquez on Las Vegas .(
Brenda Barrett is a fictional character from the ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital. The role was originated by Vanessa Marcil on September 18, 1992. After a six-year run with the show, the character was believed to have died after her mentally ill mother drove their car off a cliff. After a four-year absence, Marcil reprised her role for a few short months. Marcil was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Brenda in 1997 and 1998, and she won in that category in 2003.
Marcil, the youngest of four children, was born in Indio, California, to Patricia Marcil, an herbalist, and Peter Ortiz, a contractor and self-made millionaire. Marcil's father is Mexican, and her mother is an American of French and Italian ancestry.Vanessa attended Indio High School, located in Indio, California. Shortly after high school she attended a junior college, College of the Desert. This college is located in Palm Desert, California.
Indio is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Coachella Valley of Southern California's Colorado Desert region. It lies 23 miles (37 km) east of Palm Springs, 75 miles (121 km) east of Riverside, 127 miles (204 km) east of Los Angeles, and 148 miles northeast of San Diego. The word Indio is Spanish for Indian.
College of the Desert (COD) is a public community college in Palm Desert serving the Coachella Valley of Riverside County, California. COD enrolls about 12,500 students, of which around one third attend college full-time.
Marcil acted in a number of theatre productions before landing the role of Brenda Barrett on the soap opera General Hospital , in 1992. She garnered three Daytime Emmy Award nominations (in 1997, 1998, and 2003) for her portrayal, and won in 2003 as Outstanding Supporting Actress. In February 1998, she was named Outstanding Lead Actress at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light. Concurrently, it is the world's third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production. General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins.
The Daytime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the New York–based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. Ceremonies generally are held in May or June.
The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given to honor an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the daytime drama industry.
On June 14, 1993 she appeared in the Prince music video "Poorgoo", which was released officially in very limited numbers. In 1994, she was cast in the Prince music video, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", and made People's 50 Most Beautiful list the next year.She made her feature-film debut in the film The Rock (1996), in which she appeared opposite Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, and Ed Harris.
Prince Rogers Nelson was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was known for his eclectic work and flamboyant stage appearances. He was also a multi-instrumentalist and regarded as a guitar virtuoso. Prince was also known for his very wide and extensive vocal range, in particular his far reaching falsetto. His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" is the lead single from the 1994 EP The Beautiful Experience by Prince, and his 1995 album The Gold Experience. In his singles chronology, it was his third major release since changing his stage name to "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" or "TAFKAP." In his albums chronology, it along with the EP was his second release after changing his name. With the consent of Prince's usual record distributor Warner Bros. Records, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was released by NPG Records and Edel Music, and independently distributed by Bellmark Records, under the control and guidance of Music of Life, as a one-off single, topping five different charts.
The Rock is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and written by David Weisberg and Douglas S. Cook. The film stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, with William Forsythe and Michael Biehn co-starring. It is dedicated to Simpson, who died five months before its release. The film received moderately positive reviews from critics, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound at the 69th Academy Awards. It was a box office success, grossing over $335 million against a production budget of $75 million.
In 1998, after six years on General Hospital, she left the show to star in the made-for-television movie To Love, Honor and Deceive, and had a recurring guest role on the police drama High Incident , produced by Steven Spielberg. In November 1998, Marcil joined the Beverly Hills, 90210 cast as Gina Kincaid and remained with the show for one-and-a-half seasons. In 1999, she starred in two independent films: Nice Guys Sleep Alone, with Sean O'Bryan, and This Space Between Us, with Jeremy Sisto.
High Incident is a police drama series produced by DreamWorks Television for the ABC network. The show was created by Steven Spielberg, Michael Pavone, Eric Bogosian, and Dave Alan Johnson. It first aired on March 4, 1996, running a total of 32 episodes. The title of the series itself is a misnomer; in common Southern California law enforcement radio practices, calls are dispatched with a response code, generally Code 2 or Code 3. A "Code 2 High" response would generally mean the officers are to respond immediately, but not necessarily with lights and siren. LAPD radio traffic of the period also had the "incident number" broadcast when the call was dispatched, so a domestic dispute might be dispatched "Code 2 High, incident 1234". The words "high" and "incident" never being intended to go together and the phrase "high incident" having no meaning.
Steven Allan Spielberg is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Spielberg started in Hollywood directing television and several minor theatrical releases. He became a household name as the director of Jaws (1975), which was critically and commercially successful and is considered the first summer blockbuster. His subsequent releases focused typically on science fiction/adventure films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), which became archetypes of modern Hollywood escapist filmmaking.
Sean Michael O'Bryan is an American film and television actor from Louisville, Kentucky. He attended and graduated from St. Xavier High School.
In 2001, she was initially cast to join NYPD Blue 's ninth season as a new series regular, Det. Carmen Olivera. However, after her first appearance in "Johnny Got His Gold", the show decided to redo the role and replaced Marcil with Jacqueline Obradors, as Det. Rita Ortiz. Marcil made one more cameo appearance, as Det. Olivera, in the 11th-season episode "Shear Stupidity".
NYPD Blue is an American police procedural drama television series set in New York City, exploring the struggles of the fictional 15th Precinct detective squad in Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwines several plots involving an ensemble cast.
Jacqueline Danell Obradors is an American actress. She has appeared in films such as Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), Tortilla Soup (2001), A Man Apart (2003) and Unstoppable (2004). On television, Obradors is best known for her role as Det. Rita Ortiz in the ABC crime drama series NYPD Blue (2001–2005).
From 2002 to 2003, she returned to General Hospital, 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 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, as well as making a three-episode guest appearance on the NBC show Lipstick Jungle .
In 2009, she starred in the Hallmark channel movie The Nanny Express and in the Lifetime movie One Hot Summer. In 2010, she was in the web series The Bannen Way and in August 2010 after a seven-year absence, she made her return to General Hospital remaining on the show for a year before her departure from the show in July 2011. Marcil did make a guest appearance in April 2013 to commemorate the show's 50th anniversary.
In 2014, she starred in the Hallmark channel movie Stranded in Paradise, and in 2015, she joined the cast of the Pop reality series Queens of Drama , about the lives of former soap-opera actresses attempting to pitch a pilot for a television network. In 2016, she starred in her latest Hallmark channel movie, The Convenient Groom .
Marcil was married to actor Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993.
Marcil and her former Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Brian Austin Green have a son born in 2002.
On July 11, 2010, Marcil married actor Carmine Giovinazzo in a private ceremony in New York City.In June 2011, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together; however, Marcil suffered a miscarriage, her second that year. Marcil filed for divorce in August 2012 on the basis of irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in March 2013.
In April 2015, Marcil revealed that she was engaged to a deputy sheriff, whom she refers to as "MC" on social media.On November 13, 2017, Marcil announced she was pregnant yet again. On January 9, 2018, she revealed the she was expecting a daughter, but on January 27, released an Instagram statement stating she had miscarried for the seventh time.
Marcil's father, Peter, died on September 14, 2017.
|1996||The Rock||Carla Pestalozzi|
|1999||Nice Guys Sleep Alone||Erin|
|2000||This Space Between Us||Maggie Harty|
|2002||Storm Watch||Tess Woodward||Alternative titles: Virtual Storm, Code Hunter|
|General Hospital||Brenda Barrett||Main role from: September 18, 1992 – September 11, 1998|
Main role from: September 4, 2002 – February 19, 2003
Main role from: August 11, 2010 – July 21, 2011
Guest role from: April 2, 2013 – April 23, 2013
|1996||To Love, Honor and Deceive||Sydney Carpenter||Television movie; aka. The Protected Wife|
|1997||High Incident||Kerry Andrews||Episodes: "Hot Wire", "Remote Control"|
|1998–2000||Beverly Hills, 90210||Gina Kincaid||Main role (Seasons 9–10), 37 episodes|
|2001||Spin City||Crazy Kara||Episode: "A Shot in the Dark: Part 2"|
|2001, 2003||NYPD Blue||Detective Carmen Olivera||Episodes: "Johnny Got His Gold", "Shear Stupidity"|
|2003–2008||Las Vegas||Sam Marquez||Main role, 106 episodes|
|2004–2005||Crossing Jordan||Sam Marquez||Episodes: "What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston", "Luck Be a Lady"|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||Josie Scotto||3 episodes|
|2009||The Nanny Express||Kate Hewitt||Television movie (Hallmark)|
|2009||Without a Trace||Kim Marcus||3 episodes|
|2009||One Hot Summer||Margarita Silva Santos||Television movie (Lifetime)|
|2010||The Bannen Way||Madison||Webseries|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Dr. Olivia Victor||Episode: "Wahine'inoloa"|
|2014||Stranded in Paradise||Tess Nelson||Television movie (Hallmark)|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode 12.4: "17 Chefs Compete"|
|2016||The Convenient Groom||Dr. Kate Lawrence||Television movie (Hallmark)|
|2017||The Wrong Mother||Kaylene||Television movie (Lifetime)|
|2018||Bad Tutor||Kelly||Television movie (Lifetime)|
|2019||My Stepfather's Secret||Tina||Television movie (Lifetime)|
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|1994||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Female Newcomer||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1995||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Hottest Soap Couple (shared with Maurice Benard)||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1997||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1997||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Hottest Female Star||General Hospital||Won|
|1998||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress||General Hospital||Won|
|1998||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
|2003||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favorite Return||General Hospital||Won|
|2003||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Won|
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