Vanessa Marcil has been active in the film world since 1992, the year in which she became known for the role of Brenda Barrett Corinthos in the ABC Soap Opera General Hospital, which eventually became the biggest breakthrough in her career.
General Hospital, which debuted in 1968 and is still running today, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running soap opera on American television. Marcil left the role in 2011 and returned for a guest role in 2013.
In addition to GH, Marcil is also known for her roles on the TV shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Las Vegas. As an occasional actress on the big screen, she has shot The Rock (1996) and Storm Watch (2002), among others.
Here is a detailed look at Marcil’s career and personal life.
Vanessa Marcil Bio
Vanessa was born as Sally Vanessa Ortiz on October 15, 1968, in Indio, California, United States of America. She was born as the youngest of 4 children of herbalist Patricia Marcil Ortiz and contractor Peter Ortiz. Her mother Patricia is of French, Italian and Portuguese descent, while her father is of Mexican descent.
Vanessa has two older sisters Tina (born October 20, 1959) and Sherry (born September 7, 1962) and an older brother Sam (born November 16, 1958). They all grew up together in Palm Desert.
Marcil’s love for acting began to develop when she was 8 years old. She started acting in school stage performances and talent shows, of which she won with her own song in the 6th grade.
Marcil attended Indio High School, Indio, California, where she was part of Indio’s Circle Theatre Acting Company. Interestingly, while pursuing her acting passion, Marcil studied law at the College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California.
After a series of appearances in theater productions, Marcil landed the role of Brenda Barrett at the General Hospital in 1992. She resumed the role for the next 6 years until 1998 when she went on to perform for other companies including TV-Film, To Love, Honor and Deceive and Steven Spielberg’s police drama High Incident.
During her time at GH, Marcil also had other engagements, including two music videos by Prince and her debut in The Rock (1996), where she appeared alongside stars like Nicolas Cage.
Vanessa joined the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 as Gina Kincaid in 1998. A year and a half later, she left the band for further performances before returning to GH in 2002. On her return, she won the Emmy Award twice in 2003 for “Outstanding Supporting Actress”, an award she had previously been nominated for.
Marcil left GH for the second time in 2003 when she joined the NBC drama Las Vegas as Sam Marquez. She resumed the role for 5 seasons and left in 2008, and Marcil also resumed the role in a related show called “Crossing Jordan” (2004 – 2005).
Vanessa hosted the reality game show Blush in 2008: The Search for America’s Greatest Makeup Artist. She also appeared in 3 episodes of NBC’s Lipstick Jungle. After an absence of 7 years, Marcil returned to GH for one year between 2010 and 2011. In 2013 she appeared again as a guest to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.
Vanessa’s other credits include Hallmark Channel films; The Nanny Express (2009) Stranded in Paradise (2014), The Convenient Groom (2016) and The Frong Mother (2017), Lifetime film One Hot Summer (2009), Web Series 2010, The Bannen Way.
Vanessa Marcil Net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Vanessa Marcil has an estimated net worth of $2 million. Marcil has also had some non-effective efforts She designed a piece of clothing that she named “Kass” after her son Cassius. Part of the proceeds of the sale will be used to build schools for children in Africa and to establish centers to support African mothers.
In LA, Marcil founded Patricia House, an organization that takes care of children whose mothers cannot afford to care for them by helping them find a good home.
Vanessa Marcil Married/Husband
Vanessa hasn’t had much luck with marriage. She has been married twice and divorced twice. Her first marriage was in 1989 with actor Corey Feldman, known through The Fox and the Hound (1981). But four years later, in 1993, the couple divorced. The marriage did not produce any children.
On 11 July 2010 Marcil got married to the actor Carmine Giovinazzo. Their wedding, which took place in New York, was an intimate wedding with close family and friends in attendance.