Vanessa Marquez (actress)

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Vanessa Marquez
Born(1968-12-21)December 21, 1968
DiedAugust 30, 2018(2018-08-30) (aged 49)
Cause of deathPolice shooting
Years active1988–2017

Vanessa Marquez (December 21, 1968 – August 30, 2018) was an American actress. She was primarily known for her recurring role on the first three seasons of ER as nurse Wendy Goldman, as well as her role as Ana Delgado in the 1988 teacher drama Stand and Deliver.


Marquez appeared in a 1992 episode of Seinfeld called "The Cheever Letters", portraying the secretary to the Cuban Embassy. Her success with Stand and Deliver led to a full-fledged career in film and television, with roles in films such as the gangster epic Blood In Blood Out (1993) and the independent film Twenty Bucks (1993). Her television work included guest spots on popular programs including Melrose Place (1992) and a recurring role on Malcolm & Eddie (1996). In addition to her acting credentials, Vanessa was a talented vocalist and appeared as a singer in the 2000 film Under Suspicion.

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Personal struggles[edit]

Marquez had suffered from depression, OCD, and shopping addiction. Her struggles with shopping addiction were documented in a 2005 episode of A&E's show Intervention.[1]

Prior to her death, Marquez made headlines related to the #MeToo movement, alleging that she endured harassment while on the set of ER. In October 2017, she accused series star actor George Clooney of helping to "blacklist" her after she complained to executives about the harassment. Clooney denied the allegations.[2]


Marquez was shot and killed by police during an incident at her home in South Pasadena, California on August 30, 2018.[3] Authorities had been called to her house to conduct a welfare check and discovered Marquez to be having a seizure and suffering from mental health issues.[4] After 90 minutes of conversation with the authorities, including intervention from a Los Angeles County Mental Health worker, she allegedly armed herself with what South Pasadena Police believed to be a pistol and pointed it at police, who opened fire. It later was discovered to be a BB gun.[5][6][7][8]

Marquez was shot at least once in the torso and treated briefly at her home on Fremont Avenue and then rushed to a local hospital, according to police who did not confirm Marquez's identity at the time. Police say she was pronounced dead at the hospital.[3]


  1. ^ "'ER' Actress Vanessa Marquez Shot, Killed By Police After Brandishing BB Gun". CBSLA. August 31, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Vasquez, Daniel (August 31, 2018). "'ER' and 'Stand and Deliver' Actress Remembered Fondly". Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Vasquez, Daniel (August 30, 2018). "South Pasadena Shooting: Vanessa Marquez Draws Gun on Officers and was Killed". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Lawrence, Steven (August 30, 2018). "South Pasadena Shooting Press Conference". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Fang, Marina (August 31, 2018). "Former 'ER' Actress Killed By Police After She Took Out BB Gun". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  6. ^ Maddaus, Gene (August 31, 2018). "Former 'ER' Actress Vanessa Marquez Shot and Killed by Police". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "Hollywood Actress Shot Dead By Cops After She Pointed Toy Gun At Them". NDTV. Agence France-Presse. September 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  8. ^ Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group (31 August 2018). "'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez shot, killed by police, authorities say". Austin American-Statesman.

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