Vanessa Branch

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Vanessa Branch
Vanessa Branch 2009.jpg
Vanessa Branch attending Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration in Santa Monica, CA on May 13, 2009
Born Vanessa Lynn Branch
(1973-03-21) March 21, 1973 (age 45)
London, England, UK
Alma mater Middlebury College
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1999–present
Known for Miss Vermont in 1994[citation needed]

Vanessa Lynn Branch (born March 21, 1973) is an English-born American actress and model. She is best known in the United States as the Orbit Gum television commercial woman (whose catchphrase is "Fabulous!").

Early life[edit]

Branch filming a television commercial for Orbit Gum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2007

Branch holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States. She also speaks some French and Mandarin Chinese.[1]

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 comedy series Andy Barker, P.I.. She also appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Shattered" as an adult Naomi Wildman.

In 2002, Branch appeared on the ABC Daytime soap opera Port Charles as Mary Margaret "Paige" Barrington Smith and Rebecca "Becca" Barrington.

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.[2] She was replaced by the current Orbit Gum girl, actress Farris Patton.

In July 2006, Maxim featured her in their "Girls of Maxim" gallery.[3]

She plays the role of Zhana Agonskaya in the 2008 video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

In 2010, she voiced the character of Beatrice Portinari in the video game Dante's Inferno and also starred in the Disney Channel comedy series Sonny with a Chance.

In 2011, she starred as Claire in the Syfy original movie 51, which premiered in February 26, 2011.

In 2013, Branch was on the cover of H Magazine, photographed by Joey Shaw.[4]


  1. ^ Howard, Theresa (August 13, 2007). "Orbit gal glad to do gum's 'dirty' work". USA Today. Archived from the original on May 3, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ Evans, Suzy (September 7, 2011). "Farris Patton Is Living Her Dream as the Orbit Girl". Backstage. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ . Maxim  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ "H mag - June2013 by H mag". 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jacqueline Quirk
Miss Vermont
Succeeded by
Jennifer Faucette