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Vanessa Marcil's Biography

Vanessa Marcil was born in the small community of Indio, CA, about 25 miles from Palm Springs. The youngest of four children, Vanessa developed an early interest in both acting and music, and began performing in local theater at the age of eight.

Vanessa has performed in numerous theatrical productions, including Neil Simon's Fools and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. She received critical acclaim for her performance in Southern Rapture, which was directed by Academy Award-winner Peter Fonda, and starred country singer/actor Dwight Yoakum and Academy Award-winner Sally Kirkland. Vanessa was also highly praised for her performance in Starfire, which ran for 12 sold-out weeks during the summer of 1999.

As versatile on screen as she is on stage, Vanessa was awarded her first professional television role on ABC's top-rated daytime drama, General Hospital. Her captivating performances garnered her two Emmy nominations (1997 and 1998) for her portrayal of Brenda Barrett. In February 1998, Vanessa was named "Outstanding Lead Actress" at the Soap Opera Digest Awards. After six years on GH, Vanessa departed the show in August 1998. However, after a four-year break from daytime, Vanessa returned to General Hospital in August 2002.

Vanessa made her feature film debut in the 1997 blockbuster film The Rock, where she starred opposite Nicholas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris. In 1999, she also starred in two independent films Nice Guys Sleep Alone with Sean O'Bryan and This Space Between Us with Jeremy Sisto.

Helping others is something Vanessa feels strongly about and she is personally committed to issues confronting women and children. She was awarded the 2001 "Sojourn Service Award" and has supported Sojourn Services for Battered Women and their children by hosting TVC Charity Events and making appearances on Wheel of Fortune. Through her fundraising efforts, Vanessa hopes to increase awareness of domestic violence and inspire battered woman to take control of their lives.

 

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Vanessa Marcil was born on October 15, 1969 in Palm Desert, California. When she was born her name wasn't Marcil, it was Ortiz. When she was in the second grade she and a friend had the opportunity to skip second grade, but her parents and her decided it wouldn't be good for her. She attended Indio High School. She also lived in Alaska with her family.

Although she was acting at an early age, Marcil studied law after graduating from high school. She finally decided to pursue a career in acting and took her theatrical talents to the stage in performances such as Neil Simon's Fools; Pygmalion; The Miracle Worker; Southern Rapture, co-starring country music singer Dwight Yoakam and Sally Kirkland, and under the direction of Peter Fonda; and Sweet Bird of Youth, to name a few. While in college, she starred in the fantasy film 976-Wish.

In 1989, She got married to actor, Corey Feldman, but they are currently divorced. She auditioned for the movie I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, but she didn't get the part because the director thought her beauty would take away from the other actresses. She played the part of Brenda Barrett Jacks in General Hospital from 1992-1998.

In 1997, she won Hottest Female Star at the Soap Opera Awards. She also played Nicolas Cage's girlfriend in the Rock in 1996. For two years, 1998-2000, she played the part of Gina Kincaid on the tv show Beverly Hills 90210. She left the show to work on her movie career. Vanessa was offered the cover and layout in Playboy Magazine but didn't take the offer because she doesn't like to show her body off.

Askmen's Biography:

Vanessa Marcil, née Vanessa Ortiz, was born in Indio, California, on October 15, 1969. The youngest of four children, Marcil moved with the rest of her family to Anchorage, Alaska. By age 8, Marcil began acting in a local theater in Palm Desert, after she and her family returned to California.
vanessa marcil does general hospital Although she was acting at an early age, Marcil studied law after graduating from high school. She finally decided to pursue a career in acting and took her theatrical talents to the stage in performances such as Neil Simon's Fools, Pygmalion, The Miracle Worker, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Southern Rapture, co-starring country music singer Dwight Yoakam and actress Sally Kirkland, and under the direction of Peter Fonda, and Sweet Bird of Youth, to name a few. In 1989, Vanessa married actor Corey Feldman. The two later divorced in 1991. In 1992, Vanessa became widely known as Brenda Barrett, the character she portrayed on the popular ABC daytime soap, General Hospital. Her stint as Brenda Barrett lasted six consecutive years (she later returned in 2000, 2002 and 2003) and was her first recurring role as an actress. She received a Hottest Female Star Award at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Awards, Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1997 and 1998, and a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1998.

Aside from GH, Vanessa had numerous other television credits to her name. From 1994 to 1996, she was a host for ABC's In Concert. In 1997, Vanessa starred in the mad-for-television movie To Love, Honor and Deceive, and had a recurring guest role on the police drama High Incident produced by Steven Spielberg. Vanessa joined the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 in November 1998 and remained with the show for one-and-a-half seasons. In 2001, Vanessa made a guest appearance in the season finale of Spin City and the hit series NYPD Blues.

Vanessa made her feature film debut in the 1997 blockbuster film The Rock, where she starred opposite Nicholas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris. In 1999, she also starred in two independent films Nice Guys Sleep Alone with Sean O'Bryan and This Space Between Us with Jeremy Sisto.

Helping others is something Vanessa feels strongly about and she is personally committed to issues confronting women and children. She was awarded the 2001 "Sojourn Service Award" and has supported Sojourn Services for Battered Women and their children by hosting TVC Charity Events and making appearances on Wheel of Fortune. Through her fundraising efforts, Vanessa hopes to increase awareness of domestic violence and inspire battered woman to take control of their lives.