Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthOctober 15, 1968
SpouseCarmine Giovinazzo, Corey Feldman
FactHad 2 miscarriages during her 2nd marriage to Carmine Giovinazzo. [2011]

Vanessa Marcil is an American actress, best known for her roles on the television series General Hospital, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Las Vegas.

Marcil was born on October 15, 1968, in Indio, California, to Peter Ortiz, a contractor, and Patricia Marcil Ortiz, an herbalist. She has four sisters: Tina (born 1966), Sherry (born 1967), Heidi (born 1970) and Danielle (born 1971). Marcil was raised in Palm Springs, California.

Marcil began her acting career in 1992 with a guest appearance on the television series General Hospital. She went on to play the role of Brenda Barrett on the show from 1993 to 1998. Marcil left General Hospital in 1998 to join the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210, playing the role of Gina Kincaid. She appeared on the show until 2000.

In 2003, Marcil began starring on the television series Las Vegas, playing the role of Sam Marquez. She appeared on the show until 2008.

Marcil has also appeared in a number of films, including The Rock (1996), Storm Watch (2002) and You Again (2010).

Marcil has been married twice. Her first marriage was to actor Corey Feldman, from 1989 to 1993. Her second marriage was to actor Carmine Giovinazzo, from 2002 to 2003. Marcil has one child, a son named Kassius Lijah Marcil-Giovinazzo, from her relationship with actor Brian Austin Green.

General Info

Full NameVanessa Marcil
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthOctober 15, 1968
Height1.63 m
ProfessionPresenter, Actor
EducationCollege of the Desert, Indio High School


SpouseCarmine Giovinazzo, Corey Feldman
ChildrenKassius Lijah Marcil-Green
ParentsPeter Ortiz, Patricia Marcil Ortiz
SiblingsTina Ortiz, Sam Ortiz, Sherry Ortiz


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesThe Rock, To Love, Honor and Deceive, Nice Guys Sleep Alone, This Space Between Us, Storm Watch, Fish Without a Bicycle, The Nanny Express, One Hot Summer, The Bannen Way
TV ShowsBlush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, 90210, High Incident, General Hospital, In Concert

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1What makes a woman beautiful is her loyalty to and her friendships with other women, and her honesty with men.
2I balance things better and don't kill myself so much, but conflict makes me a more interesting actress to watch. The places I go to pull emotions from, I think if you have a perfect, happy life, you just don't have those places. And I want those places. I'm proud of those places.
3I'm not ready to be a woman yet. I'd like it if my body were more boyish. Maybe I'll like my curves when I'm older but right now they kind of make me squirm.
4I don't know any woman who doesn't have an anxiety attack about wearing a bathing suit. I was on the show (General Hospital (1963)) for two years before they got me to wear a bathing suit and I almost had a heart attack the whole time.
5"Acting probably saved my life. It gave me a home and a safe place to let out all of my emotions and have it be OK." - in having it be an outlet.
6"Because of my crazy work schedule, I have become something of a master at changing my clothes while driving. The men driving next to me love it." - on driving to work while changing clothes.


1Has naturally curly hair.
2Her favorite movies are The Godfather (1972), Urban Cowboy (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983), and Life Is Beautiful (1997).
3The role of Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) was written specifically for her in mind and created by Aaron Spelling.
4Signed on to take a regular role on NYPD Blue (1993) in that series' 9th season (2001-02) as Det. Carmen Olivera, a newly promoted officer who was being pushed aside at another precinct by sexist, racist, and just plain stupid male superiors, and who would join the 15th Precinct after impressing them on a case. However, after Marcil filmed her debut episode (which aired as the 2nd part of a two-episode season premiere in November 2001), the producers and cast agreed the part wasn't working and dropped the story thread in favor of bringing in another young Latina detective in a later episode (who was played by Jacqueline Obradors). Marcil did return for one episode to play Det. Olivera in Season 11 but did not interact with any of the regular characters nor return again after that.
5Had 2 miscarriages during her 2nd marriage to Carmine Giovinazzo. [2011]
6Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a son Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green on March 30, 2002. Child's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Brian Austin Green.
7Was in a relationship with Brian Austin Green from 1999 to 2003. They have a son together.
8One of her best friends is Suzanne Whang of HGTV's House Hunters (1999). They first met when Suzanne was cast as Polly on NBC's Las Vegas (2003). She is also the second godmother to her son Kassius.
9Married Carmine Giovinazzo, from CSI: NY (2004), on July 11, 2010 in New York.
10Former best friend of The Biggest Loser (2004) trainer Jillian Michaels who was the godmother of her son Kassius.
11Named on People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" list (2008), reportedly for being a muse to musician Prince, who wrote his 1994 song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" about her.
12Loves to ride motorcycles.
13Named #92 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
14Has a grandmother named Sally.
15Named #19 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list. Named #92 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
16She remarked on Today (1952), 5 November 2004 that she is the great granddaughter of French mime Marcel Marceau, though she never met him.
17She has suffered from agoraphobia.
18Opened Patricia House in Los Angeles, which will aid women who can no longer care for their children. Created a hotline for these women to have their babies placed in good homes.
19Auditioned for the part of Nancy in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) however, the part was eventually given to Jennifer Esposito, since the director felt her beauty would give less attention to the lead actors of the film.
20Was offered the role of Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal (1997) but was forced to turn it down because she had already signed on to Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). The role was then given to Portia de Rossi.
21She has designed a line of children's clothing called, 'Kass' (named in honor of her son Kassius) for Africa. A portion of the proceeds will go to help build schools and open centers to support and empower mothers and their children in Africa.
22Named in honor of actress Vanessa Redgrave.
23Performed her own song at a 6th grade talent show and won.
24Has two dogs named Cowboy and Whiskey.
25Is a vegetarian.
26Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996. Was offered the cover and a layout in Playboy but she declined. She is reportedly very shy about revealing her body.
27Has a tattoo on her lower back of a tribal symbol representing peace and love in the universe.
28Attended College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California, where she studied law.
29Attended Indio High School, Indio, California. Was part of the Circle Theatre Acting Company in Indio.
30As a child, she was given the option of skipping second grade along with a friend. She and her parents decided against it.
31Her father Peter is of Mexican descent. Her mother Patricia is of French, Italian, and Portuguese descent. She is the youngest of four children. All of her family remains living in Indio, California, USA.




The Wrong Mother2017Kaylene
The Convenient Groom2016TV MovieDr. Kate Lawrence
General Hospital1992-2015TV SeriesBrenda Barrett Brenda Barrett Corinthos
Queens of Drama2015TV Series
Borrowed Moments2014Christine
Stranded in Paradise2014TV MovieTess Nelson
American Girl Trapped on a Telenovela2013TV SeriesSarah Forlenza
Hawaii Five-02012TV SeriesDr. Olivia Victor
The Bannen Way2010Madison
One Hot Summer2009TV MovieMargarita Silva Santos
Without a Trace2009TV SeriesKim Marcus
Lipstick Jungle2008TV SeriesJosie Scotto
The Nanny Express2008TV MovieKate Hewitt
Las Vegas2003-2008TV SeriesSam Marquez
Crossing Jordan2004-2005TV SeriesSam Marquez
NYPD Blue2001-2003TV SeriesDet. Carmen Olivera
Storm Watch2002Tess Woodward
Spin City2001TV SeriesKara
Beverly Hills, 902101998-2000TV SeriesGina Kincaid
This Space Between Us1999Maggie Harty
Nice Guys Sleep Alone1999Erin
High Incident1997TV SeriesKerry Andrews
To Love, Honor and Deceive1996TV MovieSydney Carpenter
General Hospital: Twist of Fate1996TV Movie
The Rock1996Carla Pestalozzi
The Undertaker1995Video shortThe Groupie


Today2004-2017TV SeriesHerself
Queens of Drama2015TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2014TV MovieHerself
Hell's Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself - Restaurant Patron
The Doctors2011TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself (as Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo)
The View2010TV SeriesHerself (as Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo)
The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself (as Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo)
Blush: The Search for America's Greatest Makeup Artist2008TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2006TV SeriesHerself
My First Time2006TV SeriesHerself
Martha2006TV SeriesHerself
The Reichen Show2006TV SeriesHerself
The WIN Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
NBC Premiere Week Preview2005TV MovieHerself - Hostess
The Tony Danza Show2004-2005TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2004TV SeriesHerself
The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Hostess
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003-2004TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHerself
SoapTalk2003TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996-2003TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
18th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself / Gina Kincaid
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2000TV SeriesHerself
Maury1996-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The Superstars1998TV MovieHerself - Hostess
The Jon Stewart Show1995TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
ABC in Concert1991TV Series documentaryHerself - Hostess

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
General Hospital2010TV SeriesBrenda Barrett
Soaps' Most Unforgettable Love Stories1998TV MovieBrenda Barrett


Won Awards

2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
2003Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsFavorite ReturnGeneral Hospital (1963)
1998Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead ActressGeneral Hospital (1963)
1997Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsHottest Female StarGeneral Hospital (1963)

Nominated Awards

2005WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress in Drama SeriesLas Vegas (2003)
1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Daytime SerialGeneral Hospital (1963)
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Daytime SerialGeneral Hospital (1963)
1995Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsHottest Soap CoupleGeneral Hospital (1963)
1994Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Female NewcomerGeneral Hospital (1963)

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