Vanessa Marcil

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Vanessa Marcil
Born Sally Vanessa Ortiz[1]
(1968-10-15) October 15, 1968 (age 47)[1]
Indio, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Corey Feldman (1989–1993)
Carmine Giovinazzo (2010–2013)
Children 1

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, a 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]

On June 14, 1993 she appeared in the Prince music video Poorgoo, which was released officially in very limited numbers. 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 and her former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast-mate Brian Austin Green have a son, Kassius Lijah, born in March 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
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Rock, TheThe Rock Carla Pestalozzi
1997 976-WISH Danielle
1999 Nice Guys Sleep Alone Erin
2000 This Space Between Us Maggie Harty
2002 Storm Watch Tess Woodward Alternative titles: Virtual Storm
Code Hunter
2010 Bannen Way, TheThe Bannen Way Madison Webseries
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
  • 1992–1998
  • 2002–2003
  • 2010–2011
  • 2013
General Hospital Brenda Barrett Main 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
1996 To Love, Honor and Deceive Sydney Carpenter TV movie, aka The Protected Wife
1997 High Incident Kerry Andrews "Hot Wire" and "Remote Control"
1998–2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Gina Kincaid 37 episodes
2001 Spin City Crazy Kara "A Shot in the Dark: Part 2"
NYPD Blue Detective Carmen Olivera "Johnny Got His Gold"
"Shear Stupidity"
2003–2008 Las Vegas Sam Marquez 106 episodes
Crossing Jordan Sam Marquez "What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston"
"Luck Be a Lady"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Josie Scotto 3 episodes
2009 Nanny Express, TheThe Nanny Express Kate Hewitt Hallmark channel movie
2009 Without a Trace Kim Marcus 3 episodes
2009 One Hot Summer Margarita Silva Santos Television movie
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Dr. Olivia Victor TV series
2014 Stranded in Paradise Tess Nelson Hallmark channel movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Result Category Title of work
1994 Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominated Outstanding Female Newcomer General Hospital
1995 Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominated Hottest Soap Couple (shared with Maurice Benard) General Hospital
1997 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital
1997 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Hottest Female Star General Hospital
1998 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital
1998 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Outstanding Lead Actress General Hospital
2003 Daytime Emmy Award Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital
2003 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Favorite Return General 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". Soapcentral. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ Nessif, Bruna; Rosenbaum, Claudia (January 13, 2012). "Brian Austin Green Sues Baby Mama Vanessa Marcil". Archived from the original on August 24, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  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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