Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo

Actor
Possessing a visage that inspired rock songs and was once likened to that of a young Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Marcil first captivated television audiences as dramatic temptress, Brenda Barrett, on the award-winning ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1968 in Indio, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Hawaii Five-O 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bannen Way 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Without A Trace 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2003 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Lipstick Jungle 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Family First 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Vanessa Marcil 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

NYPD Blue 1990 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1990 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills 90210 1990 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nice Guys Sleep Alone 1999 (Movie)

Erin (Actor)

Sex With Cindy Crawford 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

This Space Between Us 1999 (Movie)

Maggie Harty (Actor)

ABC Soaps' Most Unforgettable Love Stories 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The General Hospital 35th Anniversary Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

General Hospital: Twist of Fate 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

Carla Pestalozzi (Actor)

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Soap Opera Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny Express (TV Show)

Actor

To Love, Honor and Deceive (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Possessing a visage that inspired rock songs and was once likened to that of a young Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Marcil first captivated television audiences as dramatic temptress, Brenda Barrett, on the award-winning daytime soap opera, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). Her breakout role saw her locking lips with "GH" hunks like Maurice Benard and Ingo Rademacher, creating one of daytime TV's steamiest love triangles of the 1990s. As the impulsive, emotional Barrett, she not only earned a kind of long-time fame few daytime TV performers experience, but she also garnered numerous acting awards for her work, including a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. At the peak of her Brenda fame, she even landed a supporting role in the blockbuster "The Rock" (1996) opposite Nicolas Cage. After leaving the security of daytime soaps, Marcil took on primetime TV; first starring on the hit series "Beverly Hills 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) as the show's resident sexpot before playing a no-nonsense casino host on NBC's sexy drama, "Las Vegas" (2003-08). After being an integral part of "General Hospital" for years, Marcil had ended her stint on the series in 2003, but after a long absence that left fans clamoring for ABC to bring back Brenda's storyline, Marcil reprised her role in 2010, solidifying her status as one of daytime television's most beloved actresses of all time.

Relationships

Tyler Christopher Actor

Companion
Met while both were on "General Hospital" Reportedly engaged No longer together, although they acted on stage in L.A. production of "Starfire" (1999)

Corey Feldman Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 6, 1989 Divorced Jan. 1, 1993

Nathan Fillion Actor

Companion
Dated until 1996

Carmine Giovinazzo

Husband
Dated c. 1998-99 Married July 11, 2010 in New York Marcil filed for divorce August 2012 Divorce finalized as of March 18, 2013

Brian Austin Green Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "Beverly Hills 90210" (Fox) Engaged from 2001-03 No longer together

Kassius Marcil-Green

Son
Born March 30, 2002; father, Brian Austin Green

Peter Ortiz

Father
Mexican Separated from Vanessa's mother

Patricia Ortiz

Mother
French, Italian and Portuguese Separated from Vanessa's father

Sam Ortiz

Brother
Older

Sherry Ortiz

Sister
Older

Tina Ortiz

Sister
Older

Ben Younger Actor

Companion
Began dating September 2005 No longer together

EDUCATION

attended high school in Palm Desert, California

College of the Desert

Palm Desert , California
dropped out to pursue acting career

Milestones

2009

Starred in the Lifetime Network comedy "One Hot Summer"

2008

Starred in The Hallmark Channel family drama "The Nanny Express"

2008

Cast in a recurring role on NBC's "Lipstick Jungle"

2003

Cast as Samantha Jane "Sam" Marquez in the NBC drama "Las Vegas"

2001

Joined cast of ABC's "NYPD Blue" in recurring role of detective Carmen Olivera

1999

Acted onstage opposite Tyler Christopher in the L.A. production "Starfire"

1999

Co-starred with Jeremy Sisto in "This Space Between Us"; premiered at the Seattle Film Festival

1998

Joined the cast of the Fox primetime soap "Beverly Hills, 90210"

1997

Had featured role in unsold ABC pilot "L.A. Med"

1996

Had lead in the ABC TV-movie "To Love, Honor, and Deceive"

1996

Portrayed Nicolas Cage's fiancee in "The Rock"

1995

Served as a recurring host for ABC's late-night series "In Concert"

1993

Co-starred with Dwight Yoakam and Sally Kirkland in the Peter Fonda-directed play "Southern Rapture" in L.A.

1992

Portrayed Brenda Barrett on the ABC daytime soap "General Hospital"; received Best Supporting Actress Emmy nominations in 1997 and 1998; made her triumphant return to the show in 2010

1978

Began acting in local theater productions in Palm Desert, CA (date approximate)

Cast in the independent feature "Nice Guys Sleep Alone" (filmed in 1998)

Moved with family to Anchorage, AK when she was a toddler

Appeared in the Prince music video "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"

Later lived in Reno, NV before family settled in Southern California

Was commercial spokesperson for Head and Shoulders shampoo

Bonus Trivia

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In a 1996 interview with PEOPLE (June 17), Marcil revealed she was a "recovering drug addict. My problem was drinking."

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"I had a difficult childhood. I never felt like I could express myself." --Vanessa Marcil quoted in DAILY NEWS, June 24, 1996

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She was reportedly named after actress Vanessa Redgrave

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