Sally Vanessa "Vanessa Marcil" Ortiz
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At A Glance

Vanessa Marcil was born Sally Vanessa Ortiz in the balmy desert community of Palm Springs, California, but her family soon moved to decidedly cooler Anchorage, Alaska, where her businessman father is credited for building the first earthquake-proof structure in the state. The youngest of four children, she and her family later returned to Palm Desert, California, where she began acting in local theater at age eight.

She has performed in numerous theatrical productions, including Neil Simon's Fools, Pygmalion, Mamet's Women, The Miracle Worker, and Sweet Bird of Youth, among others. General Hospital marked Ms. Marcil's professional television debut.

In December of 1997, Vanessa starred in an ABC movie for television, To Love, Honor and Deceive. She also had a recurring guest-starring role on the ABC police drama, High Incident. Theatrically, Ms. Marcil co-starred with country music star Dwight Yoakam and Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland in the stage play, Southern Rapture, directed by Peter Fonda. She was also spotlighted in the 1995 edition of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." In the hit feature film, The Rock, Vanessa co-starred with Sean Connery, Ed Harris, and Nicolas Cage.

Ms. Marcil has strong feelings about helping people, and in her spare time she volunteers for various causes. She is an active runner and bodybuilder; she also enjoys riding motorcycles, spending days on the beach, singing, and seeing films with friends.

In 2010, Marcil married long-time boyfriend Carmine Giovinazzo.

Acting Portfolio: TELEVISION
The Nanny Express
Kate
2009

Lipstick Jungle
Josie Scotto
2008

Blush: The Search for America's Greatest Makeup Artist
Herself/Host
2008

Las Vegas
Sam Marquez
2003-2008

Crossing Jordan
Sam Marquez
2004-2005

NYPD Blue
Det. Carmen Olivera
November 6, 2001

Spin City
Crazy Cara; "Shot in the Dark, A" (episode # 5.22)
May 23, 2001

Beverly Hills, 90210
Gina Kincaid
1998-2000

General Hospital
Brenda Barrett
September 18, 1992, to September 11, 1998; September 4, 2002 to February 19, 2003; August 11, 2010 to July 21, 2011April 2, 2013 to April 23, 2013

Acting Portfolio: FILM
This Space Between Us
Maggie Harty
2000

Nice Guys Sleep Alone
Erin
1999

To Love, Honor and Deceive
Sydney Carpenter
1997

976-WISH
Danielle
1997

The Rock
Carla Pestalozzi
1996
MUSIC
Appeared in the music video for "The Most Beautiful Girl In the World," by Prince
Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003)

Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (1997, 1998, 2003)

Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003)

Soap Opera Digest Award Nomination, Outstanding Female Newcomer (1994)
Soap Opera Digest Award Nomination, Hottest Soap Couple (with Maurice Berna, 1995)
Soap Opera Digest Award Winner, Hottest Female Star (1997)
Soap Opera Digest Award Winner, Outstanding Lead Actress (1998)

People Magazine Named one of the magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" (1995)
Vital Statistics

PLACE OF BIRTH: Palm Desert, California

DATE OF BIRTH: October 15, 1969

HEIGHT: 5'4"

HAIR: Dark Brown

EYES: Brown

CHILDREN: Son, Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green [Mar 30, 2002; with Brian Austin Green]

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Carmine Giovinazzo [Jul 11, 2010]

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