Marano at the Saturn Awards in 2011
|Born||Vanessa Nicole Marano
October 31, 1992
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Relatives||Laura Marano (sister)|
Vanessa Nicole Marano (born October 31, 1992) 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. 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. According to an interview with her sister, her mother didn't want either of her children to have careers in show business, and took her to an agent that she believed was most likely to turn kids down, only to find that she was accepted. Laura, who was on the scene with her also impressed the agency. 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.
Vanessa Marano was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Ellen, is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre. Her younger sister, Laura, is a star on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally. Her father is of Italian descent. Besides English, Marano speaks fluent Italian. She is attending a community college.
|2008||Clique, TheThe Clique||Layne Abeley||Video|
|2009||Dear Lemon Lima||Samantha Combs|
|2012||Your Father's Daughter||Luciana||Short film|
|2013||Secret Lives of Dorks, TheThe Secret Lives of Dorks||Samantha||Completed|
|2002–09||Without a Trace||Hanna Malone||Recurring role (12 episodes)|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Lexie||Episode: "Tombstone Blues"|
|2004||Brooke Ellison Story, TheThe Brooke Ellison Story||Young Brooke Ellison||Movie|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Tate Pasquese||Episodes: "Time Flies", "The Silence"|
|2005||Comeback, TheThe Comeback||Franchesca||Regular role (12 episodes)|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Gina||Episode: "Malcolm Defends Reese"|
|2005–07||Gilmore Girls||April Nardini||Recurring role (13 episodes)|
|2007||Hell on Earth||Shelly||Movie|
|2008||Man of Your Dreams||Maia||Movie|
|2008||Miss Guided||Kelly||Episode: "Homecoming (Season1 Episode 1)"|
|2008||Closer, TheThe Closer||Theresa Monroe||Episode: "Problem Child (Season 4 Episode 6)"|
|2008||Ghost Whisperer||Alise Jones||Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"|
|2008–10||Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless||Eden Baldwin||Regular role (59 episodes)|
|2009||Trust Me||Haley McGuire||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2009–11||Dexter||Rebecca Mitchell||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2010||Untitled Michael Jacobs Pilot||Bailey Davidson||Unsold pilot movie|
|2010||Past Life||Susan Charne||Episode: "Dead Man Talking"|
|2010||Medium||Jennifer Whitten||Episodes: "There Will Be Blood.. Type A", "There Will Be Blood... Type B"|
|2010||Scoundrels||Hope West||Main role (8 episodes)|
|2010||Parenthood||Holly||Episode: "Date Night"|
|2010||Marry Me||Imogen Hicks||Miniseries|
|2011||Private Practice||Casey||Episode: "The Hardest Part"|
|2011||Love Bites||Becky Lerner||Episode: "Too Much Information"|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Samantha Cafferty||Episode: "CSI Down"|
|Switched at Birth||Bay Kennish||Lead role|
|2012||Grey's Anatomy||Holly Wheeler||Episode: "The Girl with No Name"|
|2012||Boys Are Stupid, Girls Are Mean||Narrator||9 episodes|
Awards and nominations
||Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star – Female||Switched at Birth||Nominated||
||Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Drama||Nominated||
- "11 Questions with "Switched at Birth" Star Vanessa Marano!". 6 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Barney, Chuck. "Chuck Barney: 'Switched at Birth' another winner for ABC Family." San Jose Mercury News, June 29, 2011. Accessed on July 18, 2011.
- Jeffrey Dransfeldt (2009-01-25). "Agoura Hills sisters are young stars on the rise". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- "Laura Marano on "The Better Show"". YouTube. ErgMarano (Originally: "The Better Show"). 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- Agoura's Children's Theatre (ed.). "Improvisation".
- Mulcahy, Jr., Kevin (2011-06-03). "Q&A: Switched at Birth's Vanessa Marano". welovesoaps.net. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- "2011 Teen Choice Awards winners". Popcrush. August 7, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- 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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