About Vanessa Marcil

Vanessa Marcil (born October 15, 1968) is an American actress known for her roles in the soap opera General Hospital, Beverly Hills, 90210 and the television series Las Vegas She's 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.
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    Career
    Vanessa 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. 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. 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 2000 and from 2002 to 2003) 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. She 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, she 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 women to take control of their lives. She 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. In fall of 2008, she 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. Vanessa returned to General Hospital August 11, 2010 where her character finally married mobster Sonny Corinthos however the union will be short lived as Vanessa has taped her last episode and will be leaving the show this summer along with co-star Ingo Rademacher (Jasper 'Jax' Jacks).
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    Personal Life
    Vanessa was married to Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993. 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.
    On July 12th, 2010 Vanessa married CSI: NY actor Carmine Giovinazzo (she has added his last name to her working name). She told TV guide that it's been a long time coming 'We were first engaged 11yrs ago and I've loved him and his family ever since! From Wikipedia

    Meeting Vanessa
    In September of 2002 during one of Vanessa returns to GH I had the honor of meeting her in Orlando at ABC's Super Soap Weekend. Despite the huge amount of fans that turned out (you had to get a wrist band with a number on it and be there 30 min before the signings started just to get a chance to meet her) and the heat of the day she was so sweet ang gracious to all of us. It's a day I'll never forget.