Vanessa Marcil has been in the movie world since 1992, the year she became known for playing the role of Brenda Barrett Corinthos in the ABC soap opera General Hospital, which would ultimately become the biggest break of her career.
General Hospital which debuted in 1968 and continues to run, holds the Guinness World record for the longest-running soap opera in American television. Marcil left the role in 2011, returning for a guest role in 2013.
In addition to GH, Marcil is also known for her roles in TV shows like Beverly Hills, 90210, and Las Vegas. An occasional big-screen actor, her film credits include The Rock (1996) and Storm Watch (2002).
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 to herbalist, Patricia Marcil Ortiz and contractor, Peter Ortiz. Her mom Patricia is of French, Italian, and Portuguese descent while her dad 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 were all raised together in Palm Desert.
Marcil’s love for acting began to develop when she was 8 years old. She started out acting at school stage plays and talent shows, one of which she won in the 6th grade by performing her own song.
Marcil attended Indio High School, Indio, California, where she was part of the Indio’s Circle Theatre Acting Company. Interestingly, while pursuing her acting passion, Marcil studied law at College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California.
After a number of appearances on theater productions, Marcil landed the role of Brenda Barrett on General Hospital in 1992. She reprised the role for the next 6 years until 1998 when she left for other gigs, among them TV movie, To Love, Honor and Deceive and Steven Spielberg’s police drama High Incident.
While on GH, Marcil also had other endeavors including appearing in two of Prince’s music videos and her debut feature film appearance in The Rock (1996) alongside stars like Nicolas Cage.
Vanessa joined the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1998 as Gina Kincaid. She left one and a half years later for other gigs before rejoining GH in 2002. The return saw her win the 2003 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress”, an award she had previously been nominated for, twice.
Marcil left GH for the second time in 2003 when she joined NBC drama Las Vegas as Sam Marquez. She reprised the role for 5 seasons, leaving in 2008. Marcil also reprised the role in a related show entitled “Crossing Jordan” (2004 – 2005).
Vanessa in 2008 became the host of the reality game show Blush: The Search for America’s Greatest Makeup Artist. Additionally, she appeared in 3 episodes of NBC’s Lipstick Jungle. After being absent for 7 years, Marcil returned to GH for a year between 2010 and 2011. She appeared again as a guest in 2013 to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary.
Vanessa’s other credits include; Hallmark channel movies; The Nanny Express (2009) Stranded in Paradise (2014), The Convenient Groom (2016), and The Wrong Mother (2017), Lifetime movie One Hot Summer (2009), 2010 web series, The Bannen Way.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Vanessa Marcil has an estimated net worth of $2 million. Marcil has also had a couple of non-acting endeavors. She designed clothing labeled and named it “Kass” after her son, Kassius. Part of the proceeds from the sales is used to build schools for kids in Africa and also establish centers to help African mothers.
In LA, Marcil established Patricia House, an organization that helps take care of kids whose mothers can’t afford to care for them by helping them find good homes.
Vanessa Marcil Married/Husband
Vanessa hasn’t been exactly lucky with marriages. She has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was in 1989 to actor Corey Feldman known for The Fox and the Hound (1981). However, four years later, in 1993, the couple divorced. The marriage produced no children.
Marcil then married actor Carmine Giovinazzo on July 11, 2010. Their wedding, held in New York was an intimate one with close family and friends in attendance.
About a year into the marriage, Vanessa announced that she had suffered two miscarriages.