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Vanessa Marcil
Born Sally Vanessa Ortiz[1]
October 15, 1968 (1968-10-15) (age 41)[1]
Indio, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Corey Feldman (m. 1989–1993) «start: (1989)–end+1: (1994)»"Marriage: Corey Feldman to Vanessa Marcil" Location: (linkback:

Vanessa Marcil (born October 15, 1968)[1] is an American actress known for her roles in the soap opera General Hospital, Beverly Hills, 90210 and the television series Las Vegas.


Early life

Marcil, the youngest of four children, was born Sally Vanessa Ortiz[1] in Indio, California, the daughter of Patricia (née Marcil), an herbalist, and Peter Ortiz, a contractor and self-made millionaire.[2][3] Her parents are separated.[4] Marcil's father is Mexican and her mother is an American of French, Italian and Portuguese ancestry.[5]


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. [6]

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.[7] 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 (returning briefly in '02) 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.

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 woman to take control of their lives.

Marcil formerly 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 #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 #92 in the 2006 FHM Hot 100 list.[8]

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.

Personal life

Marcil was married to Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993.[9] She was engaged to General Hospital co-star Tyler Christopher, but the two never married. She dated former Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Brian Austin Green from 1999 until early 2003. They have a son, Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green, born on March 30, 2002.[10]

In 2005, Marcil began dating screenwriter and director Ben Younger.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
1996 The 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
Year Title Role Notes
1992-1998, 2002-2003 General Hospital Brenda Barrett 166 episodes
1996 To Love, Honor and Deceive Sydney Carpenter Television movie
Alternative title: The Protected Wife
1997 High Incident Kerry Andrews 2 episodes
1998-2000 Beverly Hills 90210 Gina Kincaid 37 episodes
2001 Spin City Crazy Kara 1 episode
2001-2003 NYPD Blue Detective Carmen Olivera 2 episodes
2003-2008 Las Vegas Sam Marquez 106 episodes
2004-2005 Crossing Jordan Sam Marquez 2 episodes
2008 The Nanny Express Kate Hewitt Television movie
Lipstick Jungle Josie Scotto 3 episodes
2009 Without a Trace Kim Marcus 3 episodes
One Hot Summer Margarita Silva Santos Television movie

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
1994 Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominated Outstanding Female Newcomer General Hospital
1995 Hottest Soap Couple (Shared with Maurice Benard)
1997 Won Hottest Female Star
1998 Outstanding Lead Actress
2003 Favorite Return
1997 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1998 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2003 Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


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