Vanessa Marano

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Vanessa Marano
Vanessa Marano 2011.jpg
Marano at the 2011 Saturn Awards
BornVanessa Nicole Marano
(1992-10-31) October 31, 1992 (age 21)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2002–present
RelativesLaura Marano (sister)
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Vanessa Marano
Vanessa Marano 2011.jpg
Marano at the 2011 Saturn Awards
BornVanessa Nicole Marano
(1992-10-31) October 31, 1992 (age 21)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2002–present
RelativesLaura Marano (sister)

Vanessa Nicole Marano (born October 31, 1992[1]) is an American actress. She has appeared on the TV series Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Scoundrels and The Young and the Restless, among others. She is currently a main character on Switched at Birth, where she stars as Bay Kennish.[2] Her younger sister, Laura Marano is also a successful actress, starring on Austin & Ally.


Vanessa Marano began acting professionally when she was seven years old.[citation needed] Since then, she worked for productions at the Stage Door Theater. Her first major roles on television have been as Jack Malone's older daughter in Without a Trace (she and real life sister Laura play sisters), Valerie's stepdaughter in The Comeback and as April Nardini in Gilmore Girls. She also played Layne Abeley in The Clique based on the books by Lisi Harrison and Samantha Combs in Dear Lemon Lima. Marano starred in an episode of Ghost Whisperer alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt. Marano played Eden on The Young and the Restless and Hope on Scoundrels. She now stars as Bay Kennish on the ABC Family show Switched at Birth.

Personal life[edit]

Vanessa Marano was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Ellen,[3] is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre.[1] Her younger sister, Laura, is a star on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally. Her father is of Italian descent.[4] Besides English, Marano speaks fluent Italian.[5] She is attending a community college.[1]



2003EasyLittle Jamie
2008Clique, TheThe CliqueLayne AbeleyVideo
2009Dear Lemon LimaSamantha Combs
2012Your Father's DaughterLucianaShort film
2013Secret Lives of Dorks, TheThe Secret Lives of DorksSamanthaCompleted
2014Senior ProjectSamfilm


2002–09Without a TraceHanna MaloneRecurring role (12 episodes)
2004Grounded for LifeLexieEpisode: "Tombstone Blues"
2004Brooke Ellison Story, TheThe Brooke Ellison StoryYoung Brooke EllisonMovie
2005Six Feet UnderTate PasqueseEpisodes: "Time Flies", "The Silence"
2005Comeback, TheThe ComebackFranchescaRegular role (12 episodes)
2005Malcolm in the MiddleGinaEpisode: "Malcolm Defends Reese"
2005–07Gilmore GirlsApril NardiniRecurring role (13 episodes)
2006Boys LifeSheilaMovie
2007Hell on EarthShellyMovie
2008Man of Your DreamsMaiaMovie
2008Miss GuidedKellyEpisode: "Homecoming (Season1 Episode 1)"
2008Closer, TheThe CloserTheresa MonroeEpisode: "Problem Child (Season 4 Episode 6)"
2008Ghost WhispererAlise JonesEpisode: "Ghost in the Machine"
2008–10Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the RestlessEden BaldwinRegular role (59 episodes)
2009Trust MeHaley McGuireRecurring role (5 episodes)
2009–11DexterRebecca MitchellRecurring role (6 episodes)
2010Untitled Michael Jacobs PilotBailey DavidsonUnsold pilot movie
2010Past LifeSusan CharneEpisode: "Dead Man Talking"
2010MediumJennifer WhittenEpisodes: "There Will Be Blood.. Type A", "There Will Be Blood... Type B"
2010ScoundrelsHope WestMain role (8 episodes)
2010ParenthoodHollyEpisode: "Date Night"
2010Marry MeImogen HicksMiniseries
2011Private PracticeCaseyEpisode: "The Hardest Part"
2011Love BitesBecky LernerEpisode: "Too Much Information"
2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSamantha CaffertyEpisode: "CSI Down"
Switched at BirthBay KennishLead role
2012Grey's AnatomyHolly WheelerEpisode: "The Girl with No Name"
2012Boys Are Stupid, Girls Are MeanNarrator9 episodes
2013Restless VirginsEmilyMovie
2013PerceptionRileyEpisode: "Toxic"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer TV Star — Female
Switched at Birth
Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actress: DramaNominated


  1. ^ a b c "11 Questions with "Switched at Birth" Star Vanessa Marano!". 6 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Barney, Chuck. "Chuck Barney: 'Switched at Birth' another winner for ABC Family." San Jose Mercury News, June 29, 2011. Accessed on July 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Agoura's Children's Theatre (ed.). "Improvisation". 
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  5. ^ Mulcahy, Jr., Kevin (2011-06-03). "Q&A: Switched at Birth's Vanessa Marano". Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011 Teen Choice Awards winners". Popcrush. August 7, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (May 22, 2013). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Leads First Wave of Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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