Vanessa Marcil

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Vanessa Marcil
Sally Vanessa Ortiz [1]

(1968-10-15) October 15, 1968 (age 50) [1]
Residence Los Angeles
Other namesVanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
Years active1992–present
Corey Feldman
(m. 1989;div. 1993)

Carmine Giovinazzo
(m. 2010;div. 2013)

Vanessa Marcil [2] ( /mɑːrˈsɛl/ mar-SEL;[ citation needed ] born Sally Vanessa Ortiz; October 15, 1968 [3] ) 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

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.


Early life

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. [4] 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.

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College of the Desert Community college in California, United States

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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. [5]

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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.

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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".

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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 .

Personal life

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. [7] [8]

On July 11, 2010, Marcil married actor Carmine Giovinazzo in a private ceremony in New York City. [2] [9] In June 2011, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together; [10] however, Marcil suffered a miscarriage, her second that year. [11] Marcil filed for divorce in August 2012 on the basis of irreconcilable differences. [12] The divorce was finalized in March 2013. [13]

In April 2015, Marcil revealed that she was engaged to a deputy sheriff, whom she refers to as "MC" on social media. [14] 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. [15] [16]

Marcil's father, Peter, died on September 14, 2017. [17]


List of film credits
1996 The Rock Carla Pestalozzi
1999Nice Guys Sleep AloneErin
2000This Space Between UsMaggie Harty
2002 Storm Watch Tess WoodwardAlternative titles: Virtual Storm, Code Hunter
List of television credits
  • 1992–1998
  • 2002–2003
  • 2010–2011
  • 2013
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
1996To Love, Honor and DeceiveSydney CarpenterTelevision movie; aka. The Protected Wife
1997 High Incident Kerry AndrewsEpisodes: "Hot Wire", "Remote Control"
1998–2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Gina Kincaid Main role (Seasons 9–10), 37 episodes
2001 Spin City Crazy KaraEpisode: "A Shot in the Dark: Part 2"
2001, 2003 NYPD Blue Detective Carmen OliveraEpisodes: "Johnny Got His Gold", "Shear Stupidity"
2003–2008 Las Vegas Sam MarquezMain role, 106 episodes
2004–2005 Crossing Jordan Sam MarquezEpisodes: "What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston", "Luck Be a Lady"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Josie Scotto3 episodes
2009 The Nanny Express Kate HewittTelevision movie (Hallmark)
2009 Without a Trace Kim Marcus3 episodes
2009One Hot SummerMargarita Silva SantosTelevision movie (Lifetime)
2010 The Bannen Way MadisonWebseries
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Dr. Olivia VictorEpisode: "Wahine'inoloa"
2014Stranded in ParadiseTess NelsonTelevision movie (Hallmark)
2014 Hell's Kitchen HerselfEpisode 12.4: "17 Chefs Compete"
2016 The Convenient Groom Dr. Kate LawrenceTelevision movie (Hallmark)
2017The Wrong MotherKayleneTelevision movie (Lifetime)
2018Bad TutorKellyTelevision movie (Lifetime)
2019My Stepfather's SecretTinaTelevision movie (Lifetime)

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
1994 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer General Hospital Nominated
1995Soap Opera Digest AwardsHottest Soap Couple (shared with Maurice Benard)General HospitalNominated
1997 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
1997Soap Opera Digest Awards Hottest Female Star General HospitalWon
1998Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead ActressGeneral HospitalWon
1998Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
2003Soap Opera Digest AwardsFavorite ReturnGeneral HospitalWon
2003Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalWon

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