Vanessa Marcil

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Vanessa Marcil
BornSally Vanessa Ortiz[1]
(1968-10-15) October 15, 1968 (age 46)[1]
Indio, California, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Corey Feldman (1989–1993)
Carmine Giovinazzo (2010–2013)
ChildrenKassius Lijah Marcil-Green (2002-03-30) March 30, 2002 (age 12)
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Vanessa Marcil
BornSally Vanessa Ortiz[1]
(1968-10-15) October 15, 1968 (age 46)[1]
Indio, California, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Corey Feldman (1989–1993)
Carmine Giovinazzo (2010–2013)
ChildrenKassius Lijah Marcil-Green (2002-03-30) March 30, 2002 (age 12)

Vanessa Marcil[2] (/mɑrˈsɛl/ mar-SEL;[citation needed] born Sally Vanessa Ortiz; October 15, 1968)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital, Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sam Marquez on Las Vegas.

Early life[edit]

Marcil, the youngest of four children, was born in Indio, California, the daughter of 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, Italian, and Portuguese ancestry.[3]


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 (1997, 1998 and 2003) for her portrayal, winning in 2003 as Outstanding Supporting Actress. In February 1998, she was named Outstanding Lead Actress at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.[4]

In 1994, she was cast in the Prince music video, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", and made People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful list the next year.[5] She made her feature film debut in the 1996 film The Rock, in which she appeared opposite Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris.

After six years on General Hospital, she left the show in 1998, 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. Marcil joined the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 in November 1998 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.

She returned to General Hospital from 2002 to 2003, as Brenda Barrett. In 2001, she was initially cast to join NYPD Blue's ninth season as a new series regular, Det. Carmine Olivera. However, after her first appearance in "Johnny Got His Gold", the show decided to re-do the role and replaced Marcil with Jacqueline Obradors as Det. Rita Ortiz. Marcil did make one more cameo appearance as Det. Olivera in the 11th season episode "Shear Stupidity".

In 2001, Marcil was awarded the Sojourn Service Award and has supported Sojourn Services for Battered Women and their children by hosting charity events and making appearances on Wheel of Fortune, playing for funds for the organization. Through her fundraising efforts, she hopes to increase awareness of domestic violence and inspire battered women to take control of their lives.

Marcil starred in the NBC television series Las Vegas as Samantha Jane "Sam" Marquez. She has been featured in several Men's magazines, including Stuff, FHM, and Maxim. She was named No. 19 on Maxim's Hot 100 of 2005 list and was featured on the cover of the issue that included the list, as well as No. 92 in the 2006 FHM Hot 100 list.[6]

In fall of 2008, Marcil guest starred on Lipstick Jungle, playing Shane's new talent manager. As of November 2008, she hosts and is the head judge of Lifetime's reality television show, Blush: The Search For the Next Great Makeup Artist.

On August 11, 2010, she returned to the role of Brenda Barrett on General Hospital in a full-time contract role.[7] Marcil's return was much publicized due to the popularity of her character and 7-year absence from the show. After her one-year contract was up, she decided not to renew with the show. However, Marcil left the door open for a return in the future.

On March 5, 2013, the announcement was made that Marcil would return to General Hospital for a short visit in honor of the show's 50th anniversary. She made her on-screen return as Brenda on April 2, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Marcil was married to actor Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993.

Marcil dated former Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Brian Austin Green from 1999 until early 2003. Marcil and Green have one son together, born in 2002.[8]

Marcil married actor Carmine Giovinazzo on July 11, 2010 in a private ceremony in New York City.[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 final in March 2013.[13]


List of film credits
1996Rock, TheThe RockCarla Pestalozzi
1999Nice Guys Sleep AloneErin
2000This Space Between UsMaggie Harty
2002Storm WatchTess WoodwardAlternative titles: Virtual Storm
Code Hunter
2010Bannen Way, TheThe Bannen WayMadisonWebseries
List of television credits
  • 1992–1998
  • 2002–2003
  • 2010–2011
  • 2013
General HospitalBrenda BarrettMain 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 CarpenterTV movie, aka The Protected Wife
1997High IncidentKerry Andrews"Hot Wire" and "Remote Control"
1998–2000Beverly Hills, 90210Gina Kincaid37 episodes
2001Spin CityCrazy Kara"A Shot in the Dark: Part 2"
NYPD BlueDetective Carmen Olivera"Johnny Got His Gold"
"Shear Stupidity"
2003–2008Las VegasSam Marquez106 episodes
Crossing JordanSam Marquez"What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston"
"Luck Be a Lady"
2008Lipstick JungleJosie Scotto3 episodes
2009Nanny Express, TheThe Nanny ExpressKate HewittHallmark channel movie
2009Without a TraceKim Marcus3 episodes
2009One Hot SummerMargarita Silva SantosTelevision movie
2012Hawaii Five-0Dr. Olivia VictorTV series
2014Stranded in ParadiseTess NelsonHallmark channel movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
YearAwardResultCategoryTitle of work
1994Soap Opera Digest AwardsNominatedOutstanding Female NewcomerGeneral Hospital
1995Soap Opera Digest AwardsNominatedHottest Soap Couple (shared with Maurice Benard)General Hospital
1997Daytime Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital
1997Soap Opera Digest AwardsWonHottest Female StarGeneral Hospital
1998Daytime Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital
1998Soap Opera Digest AwardsWonOutstanding Lead ActressGeneral Hospital
2003Daytime Emmy AwardWonOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital
2003Soap Opera Digest AwardsWonFavorite ReturnGeneral Hospital


  1. ^ a b c According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At
  2. ^ "Actress Vanessa Marcil Weds CSI NY Star!". Us Weekly. 
  3. ^ "Vanessa Marcil – Profile, Latest News and Related Articles". E!. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vanessa Marcil Biography". 
  5. ^ "Vanessa Marcil – Most Beautiful, Vanessa Marcil". People. May 8, 1995. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "MAXIM MAGAZINE Unveils Their Hot 100 for 2005; Eva Longoria Crowned No. 1 This Year". Business Wire. May 10, 2005. 
  7. ^ Kroll, Dan J. "GH News: Marcil to rejoin GH in August , General Hospital @". Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Vanessa Marcil: Kassius Is 'His Own Little Man Now'". People. August 2, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2012. ... for 8-year-old Kassius Lijah. 
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (July 13, 2010). "Vanessa Marcil, CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo get married". Zap2it. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  10. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (June 23, 2011). "Vanessa Marcil announces she's pregnant". SoapCentral. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  11. ^ Perry, Shayla (December 8, 2011). "Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo Suffers Miscarriage". CelebrityBabyScoop. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  12. ^ "Ex-'90210' Star Vanessa Marcil Files for Divorce". TMZ. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ "FORMER '90210' STAR Divorce Final from Nicest DUI Arrestee Ever". TMZ. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 

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