• Vanessa Marcil is an American actress born in Indio, California, on 15 October 1968.
• She gained recognition after portraying Brenda Barrett in the daytime medical drama series “General Hospital”.
• Vanessa has been nominated for a number of awards, including 8 awards for her performance in “General Hospital”.
• She has had a number of relationships, including a 5 year relationship with Brian Austin Green, with whom she has a son.
• As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $4 million.

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Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthOctober 15, 1968
SpouseCarmine Giovinazzo, Corey Feldman
FactGave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a son Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green on March 30, 2002. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Brian Austin Green.

Who is Vanessa Marcil? Wiki Bio

Vanessa Sally Ortiz was born in Indio, California USA, on 15 October 1968, so her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who gained recognition after portraying Brenda Barrett in the daytime medical drama series “General Hospital”.

Early life and education

Vanessa was raised alongside her three siblings – Pete Samuel ‘Sam’ Ortiz Jr., Tina, and Sherry, in Indio by their father Pete Ortiz who was a millionaire, and their mother Patricia Marcil who was an herbalist. Pete was Mexican, who became a contractor at a very early age, earning his first million by the time he turned 30; he died on 14 September 2017. Patricia is of French and Italian descent.

Vanessa grew up being interested in acting, as she watched numerous shows and movies on TV and performed for the first time at the age of eight while she was later a member of the Indio High School’s drama club while studying there. Vanessa was also physically active playing soccer and volleyball, and learned to play the guitar. Upon matriculation, she enrolled at the College of the Desert located in Palm Desert, California, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in law in 1990.

Roles in movies

Vanessa made her debut film appearance in the action thriller film “The Rock” in 1996, which starred Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris in the story which follows a chemist and a former criminal working together to stop a group of criminals who are planning to release deadly gas in San Francisco.

In 1997, she portrayed Danielle in the fantasy romantic short film “976-WISH” which starred Dan Brooks and Courtney Gebhart, and follows a college freshman who becomes friends with a magical Genie. In 1999, she was invited to portray Erin in the romantic comedy film “Nice Guys Sleep Alone”, which starred Michael Green and Sean O’Bryan, and talks about a guy who is dumped by his girlfriends because he is too sweet. She appeared in “This Space Between Us” in 2000, and in the science fiction movie “Storm Watch” in 2002, while some of her latest appearances in movies have been in “The Wrong Mother” in 2017, “Bad Tutor” in 2018, and “My Stepfather’s Secret” in 2019.

Appearances in TV series

Vanessa made her debut TV series appearance in 1992, when she was cast to portray the lead character Brenda Barrett in the daytime medical drama series “General Hospital”, and was subsequently shooting for the series until 1998.

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The show is still airing and it currently stars Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, and Laura Wright and covers daily events in a hospital, hotel, and a restaurant located in Port Charles in New York. Vanessa appeared in “To Love, Honor and Deceive” in 1996, and in a single episode of “High Incident” in 1997, before being cast to play the lead role as Gina Kincaid in the teen drama TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210” from 1998 to 2000. She portrayed Crazy Kara in “Spin City” and “NYPD Blue” in 2001, then portrayed Brenda again in “General Hospital”, in 2002 and 2003.

She was praised for her portrayal of Sam Marquez, the lead character in the comedy drama series “Las Vegas”, which starred Josh Duhamel and James Caan and follows everything that happens at the Montecito Resort and Casino located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vanessa was shooting for the series from 2003 to 2008, while concurrently portraying Sam in “Crossing Jordan” in 2004-05. In 2008, Vanessa appeared in three episodes of “Lipstick Jungle”, while 2009 saw her act in “The Nanny Express”, “Without a Trace”, and “One Hot Summer”. She then reprised Brenda in “General Hospital” in 2010 and ’11, while also appearing in a single episode of “The Bannen Way” in 2010, “Hawaii Five-0” in 2012, and “Stranded in Paradise” in 2012. Vanessa also guest starred and appeared for the last time in “General Hospital” in 2012. Vanessa’s latest role in TV series has been in the reality competition show “Hell’s Kitchen” in 2014.

Awards and accolades

Vanessa was nominated for eight awards for her performance in “General Hospital”.

She received her first nomination in 1994 at the Soap Opera Digest Awards for an Outstanding Female Newcomer while her second came in 1995 at the Soap Opera Digest Awards for the Hottest Soap Couple (nominated together with Maurice Benard). In 1997, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and then won a Soap Opera Digest Award for the Hottest Female Star in 1997, and a Soap Opera Digest Award for an Outstanding Lead Actress.

Vanessa was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and then won a Soap Opera Digest Award for the Favorite Return and a Daytime Emmy Award for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2003.

Love life and relationships

Vanessa began dating Corey Feldman, an American actor and singer, in 1986, and they married in 1989, however, they divorced in 1993, widely believed that this was caused by Corey’s infidelity. She met Brian Austin Green in 1997 while they were shooting together for the series “Beverly Hills, 90210”, and they dated for five years before Vanessa gave birth to their son Kassius in 2002. They stayed together for one more year before splitting, and Vanessa continued raising their son on her own.

She met Carmine Giovinazzo, an American actor, writer, and musician, in 2008 and they married on 11 July 2010 at a private ceremony attended only by the two’s closest friends and family. Vanessa announced that she was pregnant in June 2011, but suffered a miscarriage shortly after her second miscarriage that year.

Vanessa and Marci divorced in March 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. Vanessa became engaged to a man whom she refers to as ‘MC’, and who is believed to be a deputy sheriff, and announced in November 2017 that she was pregnant again but suffered a miscarriage in January 2018, actually her seventh.

Hobbies and other interests

Vanessa was apparently more intelligent than her peers while attending elementary school, and was given a chance to skip second grade but her parents didn’t allow it. She is a fan of tattoos and had one on her lower back which represented peace and love, but decided to remove it in 2018. Vanessa was interested in modelling during her teenage years, and posed for numerous magazines after becoming a famous actress, including an invitation to appear in “Playboy” but which she declined.

She is a huge lover of animals and has had several pets, while she is currently taking care of her two dogs Whiskey and Cowboy. She enjoys watching movies in her spare time, with some of her favorite actors and actresses being Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Natalie Portman, while some of her favorite movies are the trilogy “The Godfather”, “An Officer and a Gentleman”, and “Terms of Endearment”. She became interested in designing clothes, and has created her own line Kass made for children. After she was left raising her son on her own, she founded Patricia House in Los Angeles, which helps women who are struggling to raise their kids.

Vanessa has an irrational fear of crowded places called agoraphobia.

Appearance and net worth

Vanessa is 51 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, and weighs around 125lbs (57kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $4 million.

General Info

Full NameVanessa Marcil
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthOctober 15, 1968
Height1.63 m
ProfessionPresenter, Actor
EducationCollege of the Desert, Indio High School


SpouseCarmine Giovinazzo, Corey Feldman
ChildrenKassius Lijah Marcil-Green
ParentsPeter Ortiz, Patricia Marcil Ortiz
SiblingsTina Ortiz, Sam Ortiz, Sherry Ortiz


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesThe Rock, To Love, Honor and Deceive, Nice Guys Sleep Alone, This Space Between Us, Storm Watch, Fish Without a Bicycle, The Nanny Express, One Hot Summer, The Bannen Way
TV ShowsBlush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, 90210, High Incident, General Hospital, In Concert

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1What makes a woman beautiful is her loyalty to and her friendships with other women, and her honesty with men.
2I balance things better and don't kill myself so much, but conflict makes me a more interesting actress to watch. The places I go to pull emotions from, I think if you have a perfect, happy life, you just don't have those places. And I want those places. I'm proud of those places.
3I'm not ready to be a woman yet. I'd like it if my body were more boyish. Maybe I'll like my curves when I'm older but right now they kind of make me squirm.
4I don't know any woman who doesn't have an anxiety attack about wearing a bathing suit. I was on the show (General Hospital (1963)) for two years before they got me to wear a bathing suit and I almost had a heart attack the whole time.
5"Acting probably saved my life. It gave me a home and a safe place to let out all of my emotions and have it be OK." - in having it be an outlet.
6"Because of my crazy work schedule, I have become something of a master at changing my clothes while driving. The men driving next to me love it." - on driving to work while changing clothes.


1Has naturally curly hair.
2Her favorite movies are The Godfather (1972), Urban Cowboy (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983), and Life Is Beautiful (1997).
3The role of Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) was written specifically for her in mind and created by Aaron Spelling.
4Signed on to take a regular role on NYPD Blue (1993) in that series' 9th season (2001-02) as Det. Carmen Olivera, a newly promoted officer who was being pushed aside at another precinct by sexist, racist, and just plain stupid male superiors, and who would join the 15th Precinct after impressing them on a case. However, after Marcil filmed her debut episode (which aired as the 2nd part of a two-episode season premiere in November 2001), the producers and cast agreed the part wasn't working and dropped the story thread in favor of bringing in another young Latina detective in a later episode (who was played by Jacqueline Obradors). Marcil did return for one episode to play Det. Olivera in Season 11 but did not interact with any of the regular characters nor return again after that.
5Had 2 miscarriages during her 2nd marriage to Carmine Giovinazzo. [2011]
6Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a son Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green on March 30, 2002. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Brian Austin Green.
7Was in a relationship with Brian Austin Green from 1999 to 2003. They have a son together.
8One of her best friends is Suzanne Whang of HGTV's House Hunters (1999). They first met when Suzanne was cast as Polly on NBC's Las Vegas (2003). She is also the second godmother to her son Kassius.
9Married Carmine Giovinazzo, from CSI: NY (2004), on July 11, 2010 in New York.
10Former best friend of The Biggest Loser (2004) trainer Jillian Michaels who was the godmother of her son Kassius.
11Named on People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" list (2008), reportedly for being a muse to musician Prince, who wrote his 1994 song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" about her.
12Loves to ride motorcycles.
13Named #92 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
14Has a grandmother named Sally.
15Named #19 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list. Named #92 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
16She remarked on Today (1952), 5 November 2004 that she is the great granddaughter of French mime Marcel Marceau, though she never met him.
17She has suffered from agoraphobia.
18Opened Patricia House in Los Angeles, which will aid women who can no longer care for their children. Created a hotline for these women to have their babies placed in good homes.
19Auditioned for the part of Nancy in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) however, the part was eventually given to Jennifer Esposito, since the director felt her beauty would give less attention to the lead actors of the film.
20Was offered the role of Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal (1997) but was forced to turn it down because she had already signed on to Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). The role was then given to Portia de Rossi.
21She has designed a line of children's clothing called, 'Kass' (named in honor of her son Kassius) for Africa. A portion of the proceeds will go to help build schools and open centers to support and empower mothers and their children in Africa.
22Named in honor of actress Vanessa Redgrave.
23Performed her own song at a 6th grade talent show and won.
24Has two dogs named Cowboy and Whiskey.
25Is a vegetarian.
26Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996. Was offered the cover and a layout in Playboy but she declined. She is reportedly very shy about revealing her body.
27Has a tattoo on her lower back of a tribal symbol representing peace and love in the universe.
28Attended College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California, where she studied law.
29Attended Indio High School, Indio, California. Was part of the Circle Theatre Acting Company in Indio.
30As a child, she was given the option of skipping second grade along with a friend. She and her parents decided against it.
31Her father Peter is of Mexican descent. Her mother Patricia is of French, Italian, and Portuguese descent. She is the youngest of four children. All of her family remains living in Indio, California, USA.




The Wrong Mother2017Kaylene
The Convenient Groom2016TV MovieDr. Kate Lawrence
General Hospital1992-2015TV SeriesBrenda Barrett Brenda Barrett Corinthos
Queens of Drama2015TV Series
Borrowed Moments2014Christine
Stranded in Paradise2014TV MovieTess Nelson
American Girl Trapped on a Telenovela2013TV SeriesSarah Forlenza
Hawaii Five-02012TV SeriesDr. Olivia Victor
The Bannen Way2010Madison
One Hot Summer2009TV MovieMargarita Silva Santos
Without a Trace2009TV SeriesKim Marcus
Lipstick Jungle2008TV SeriesJosie Scotto
The Nanny Express2008TV MovieKate Hewitt
Las Vegas2003-2008TV SeriesSam Marquez
Crossing Jordan2004-2005TV SeriesSam Marquez
NYPD Blue2001-2003TV SeriesDet. Carmen Olivera
Storm Watch2002Tess Woodward
Spin City2001TV SeriesKara
Beverly Hills, 902101998-2000TV SeriesGina Kincaid
This Space Between Us1999Maggie Harty
Nice Guys Sleep Alone1999Erin
High Incident1997TV SeriesKerry Andrews
To Love, Honor and Deceive1996TV MovieSydney Carpenter
General Hospital: Twist of Fate1996TV Movie
The Rock1996Carla Pestalozzi
The Undertaker1995Video shortThe Groupie


Today2004-2017TV SeriesHerself
Queens of Drama2015TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2014TV MovieHerself
Hell's Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself - Restaurant Patron
The Doctors2011TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself (as Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo)
The View2010TV SeriesHerself (as Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo)
The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself (as Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo)
Blush: The Search for America's Greatest Makeup Artist2008TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2006TV SeriesHerself
My First Time2006TV SeriesHerself
Martha2006TV SeriesHerself
The Reichen Show2006TV SeriesHerself
The WIN Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
NBC Premiere Week Preview2005TV MovieHerself - Hostess
The Tony Danza Show2004-2005TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2004TV SeriesHerself
The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Hostess
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003-2004TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHerself
SoapTalk2003TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996-2003TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
18th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself / Gina Kincaid
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2000TV SeriesHerself
Maury1996-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The Superstars1998TV MovieHerself - Hostess
The Jon Stewart Show1995TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
ABC in Concert1991TV Series documentaryHerself - Hostess

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
General Hospital2010TV SeriesBrenda Barrett
Soaps' Most Unforgettable Love Stories1998TV MovieBrenda Barrett


Won Awards

2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
2003Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsFavorite ReturnGeneral Hospital (1963)
1998Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead ActressGeneral Hospital (1963)
1997Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsHottest Female StarGeneral Hospital (1963)

Nominated Awards

2005WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress in Drama SeriesLas Vegas (2003)
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Daytime SerialGeneral Hospital (1963)
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Daytime SerialGeneral Hospital (1963)
1995Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsHottest Soap CoupleGeneral Hospital (1963)
1994Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Female NewcomerGeneral Hospital (1963)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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