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Vanessa Marcil

Facts about Vanessa Marcil

Date of Birth:15 October 1969
Birthplace:Indio, California
First Name:Vanessa
Last Name:Marcil
Maiden Name:Ortiz
Height:5' 4" (163 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Black
Star Sign:Libra
Claim to Fame:Gina Kinkaid on Beverly Hills 90210
Religion:Roman Catholic
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Vanessa Marcil

Sally Vanessa Marcil (born Oct. 15, 1968 (52 years ago)) is an American actress known for her roles in the long-running soap opera General Hospital, Beverly Hills, 90210 and the TV series Las Vegas.

Early years

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


Marcil acted in a number of theatre productions before landing the role of Brenda Barrett on the soap opera General Hospital in 1992 (28 years ago). She garnered three Daytime Emmy Award nominations (1997, 1998 (22 years ago) and 2003 (17 years ago)) for her portrayal, winning in 2003 (17 years ago) as Outstanding Supporting Actress. In Feb. 1998 (22 years ago), she was named Outstanding Lead Actress at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.

After six years on General Hospital, she left the show in 1998 (22 years ago) (returning briefly in '02) to star in the made-for-TV 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 Nov. 1998 (22 years ago) as Gina Kincaid and remained with the show for one-and-a-half seasons. She made her feature movie debut in the 1996 (24 years ago) movie The Rock, in which she starred opposite Nicolas Cage (6 walls), Sean Connery (5 walls) and Ed Harris. In 1999 (21 years ago), she starred in two independent films: Nice Guys Sleep Alone with Sean O'Bryan and This Space Between Us with Jeremy Sisto.

In 2001 (19 years ago), 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 TV 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 (15 years ago) list and was featured on the cover of the issue that included the list, as well as #92 in the 2006 (14 years ago) FHM Hot 100 list.

In fall of 2008 (12 years ago), Marcil guest starred on Lipstick Jungle, playing Shane's new talent manager. As of Nov. 2008 (12 years ago), she hosts and is the head judge of Lifetime's reality TV show, Blush: The Search For the Next Great Makeup Artist.

Personal life

Marcil was married to Corey Feldman from 1989 (31 years ago) to 1993 (27 years ago). 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 (21 years ago) until early 2003 (17 years ago). They have a son, Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green, born on Mar. 30, 2002 (18 years ago). In 2005 (15 years ago), Marcil began dating screenwriter and director Ben Younger. She is best friends with Jillian Michaels (Biggest Loser trainer) who is also the godmother of her son Kassius.


  • The Rock
  • 976-WISH
  • Nice Guys Sleep Alone
  • This Space Between Us
  • Storm Watch

TV-shows (series)

  • General Hospital
  • To Love, Honor and Deceive
  • High Incident
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Spin City
  • NYPD Blue
  • Las Vegas
  • Crossing Jordan
  • The Nanny Express
  • Lipstick Jungle
  • Without A Trace
  • One Hot Summer

Awards and nominations

  • Soap Opera Digest Awards
  • Daytime Emmy Award


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