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Vanessa Branch attending Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration in Santa Monica, CA on May 13, 2009
|Born||Vanessa Lynn Branch
March 21, 1973
London, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Middlebury College|
|Known for||Miss Vermont in 1994|
Vanessa Lynn Branch (born March 21, 1973) is an British-born American actress and model. She is best known in the United States as the Orbit Gum television commercial woman (whose catchphrase is "Fabulous!").
After graduating from Mercersburg Academy, a boarding school in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Middlebury College in 1994. She won the crown as Miss Vermont 1994 and competed in the Miss America 1995 pageant. In 1996, she began tutoring two young girls, Blair and Ana Van Pelt, in French, and later moved in with the Van Pelt family in Newport Beach, California. She has stayed in Southern California since then and currently resides there.
Branch appeared in the Lost episode "Fire + Water" as the character Karen. She also made an appearance on Gilmore Girls. She can also be seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, playing Giselle, a Tortugan wench jilted by Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. She had a guest appearance as Nadia Kerensky in the pilot episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom Andy Barker, P.I.. She also appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Shattered" as an adult Naomi Wildman.
In June 2006, she worked on an advertisement for Orbit Gum that introduced two new flavors, lemon-lime and crystal mint. She worked on advertisements with the company until 2010. She was replaced by the current Orbit Gum Girl, actress Farris Patton.
In 2013, Branch was on the cover of H Magazine, photographed by Joey Shaw.
- "Orbit gal glad to do gum's 'dirty' work". USA Today. August 13, 2007.[dead link]
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