Vanessa Marcil

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Vanessa Marcil
Born Sally Vanessa Ortiz[1]
(1968-10-15) October 15, 1968 (age 48)[1]
Indio, California, U.S.
Other names Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Corey Feldman (m. 1989–93)
Carmine Giovinazzo (m. 2010–13)
Children 1

Vanessa Marcil[2] (/mɑːrˈsɛl/ mar-SEL;[citation needed] born Sally Vanessa Ortiz; October 15, 1968)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her television roles as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital, Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210, and Sam Marquez on Las Vegas.


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 (in 1997, 1998, and 2003) for her portrayal, and won in 2003 as Outstanding Supporting Actress. In February 1998, she was named Outstanding Lead Actress at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.[3]

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.[4] She made her feature film debut in the film The Rock (1996), in which she appeared opposite Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, and Ed Harris.

In 1998, after six years on General Hospital, she left the show 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. In November 1998, Marcil joined the Beverly Hills, 90210 cast 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.

In 2001, she was initially cast to join NYPD Blue's ninth season as a new series regular, Det. Carmen 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 made one more cameo appearance, as Det. Olivera, in the 11th season episode "Shear Stupidity".

From 2002 to 2003, she returned to General Hospital, as Brenda Barrett garnering her a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress" in 2003. Vanessa later joined the cast of the NBC drama Las Vegas as Sam Marquez, a casino host where she remained on the show for five seasons until 2008. That same year she became the host of Lifetime's reality show Blush: The Search for America's Greatest Makeup Artist as well as making a three episode guest appearance on the NBC show Lipstick Jungle.

In 2009, she starred in the Hallmark channel movie The Nanny Express as well as in the Lifetime movie One Hot Summer. In 2010, she was in the web series The Bannen Way and in August 2010 after a seven year absence, she made her return to General Hospital remaining on the show for a year before her departure from the show in July 2011. Although she did make a guest appearance in April 2013 to commemorate the show's 50th anniversary.

In 2014, she starred in the Hallmark channel movie Stranded in Paradise and in 2015, she joined the cast of the Pop reality series Queens of Drama, about the lives of former soap opera actresses attempting to pitch a pilot for a television network. In 2016, she starred in her latest Hallmark channel movie The Convenient Groom.

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 on March 30, 2002.[5]

Marcil married actor Carmine Giovinazzo on July 11, 2010, in a private ceremony in New York City.[6] In June 2011, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together;[7] however, Marcil suffered a miscarriage, her second that year.[8] Marcil filed for divorce in August 2012 on the basis of irreconcilable differences.[9] The divorce was finalized in March 2013.[10]


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 "Wahine'inoloa"
2014 Stranded in Paradise Tess Nelson Hallmark channel movie
2014 Hell's Kitchen Herself Season 12 Episode 4: "17 Chefs Compete"
2016 The Convenient Groom Dr. Kate Lawrence 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 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Outstanding Lead Actress General Hospital
1998 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital
2003 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Favorite Return General Hospital
2003 Daytime Emmy Award Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 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 Biography". 
  4. ^ "Vanessa Marcil – Most Beautiful, Vanessa Marcil". People. May 8, 1995. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (July 13, 2010). "Vanessa Marcil, CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo get married". Zap2it. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  7. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (June 23, 2011). "Vanessa Marcil announces she's pregnant". SoapCentral. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  8. ^ Perry, Shayla (December 8, 2011). "Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo Suffers Miscarriage". CelebrityBabyScoop. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  9. ^ "Ex-'90210' Star Vanessa Marcil Files for Divorce". TMZ. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "FORMER '90210' STAR Divorce Final from Nicest DUI Arrestee Ever". TMZ. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 

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