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Vanessa Marcil
Born Vanessa Sally Ortiz
October 15, 1968
Indio, California
Age 51
Spouse Corey Feldman (m. 1989-1993)
Carmine Giovinazzo (m. 2010-2013)
Children Kassius Marcil-Green (b. 2002)
General Hospital
Character Brenda Barrett
Duration 1992-1998, 2002-2003, 2010-2011, 2013

Vanessa Marcil (born Vanessa Sally Ortiz; October 15, 1968)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital, Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sam Marquez on Las Vegas.

She went by Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo[2] from mid-2010 until her divorce in 2013.

Early life

Marcil, the youngest of four children, was born in Indio, California, the daughter of Patricia Ortiz (née Marcil), an herbalist & Pete Ortiz, a contractor and self-made millionaire.[3][4]Her parents are separated.[5] Marcil's father is Mexican and her mother is an American of French, Italian, and Portuguese ancestry.[6]


Marcil 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.[7]

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.[8] 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, 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. Marcil 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.

She returned briefly to General Hospital in 2000 and from 2002 to 2003, as Brenda Barrett, in a recurring role.

In 2001, Marcil 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.

Marcil 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.[9]

In fall of 2008, Marcil 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.

On August 11, 2010, she returned to the role of Brenda Barrett on General Hospital, as a full-time contract role. She left GH.[10]

Personal life

Marcil was married to Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993.[11]

From 1997 to 1999, she was in a relationship with General Hospital actor Tyler Christopher, who play Nikolas Cassadine.[12][13]

She began dating former Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Brian Austin Green in 1999. The two became engaged in mid-2001 and had son, Kassius Lijah Marcil-Green (born March 15, 2002). They planned to wed that year, but ended their relationship in 2003.[14]

Marcil married CSI: NY actor Carmine Giovinazzo on July 11, 2010 and they would divorce in 2013.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Rock Carla Pestalozzi
1997 976-WISH Danielle
1999 Nice Guys Sleep Alone Erin
2000 This Space Between Us Maggie Harty
2002 Storm Watch Tess Woodward Alternative titles: Virtual Storm
Code Hunter
2010 The Bannen Way Madison Webseries


Year Title Role Notes
General Hospital Brenda Barrett
1996 To Love, Honor and Deceive Sydney Carpenter TV movie, aka The Protected Wife
1997 High Incident Kerry Andrews "Hot Wire" and "Remote Control"
1998–2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Gina Kincaid 37 episodes
2001 Spin City Crazy Kara "A Shot in the Dark: Part 2"
NYPD Blue Detective Carmen Olivera "Johnny Got His Gold"
"Shear Stupidity"
2003–2008 Las Vegas Sam Marquez 106 episodes
Crossing Jordan Sam Marquez "What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston"
"Luck Be a Lady"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Josie Scotto 3 episodes
2009 The Nanny Express Kate Hewitt Hallmark channel movie
2009 Without a Trace Kim Marcus 3 episodes
2009 One Hot Summer Margarita Silva Santos Television movie

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Title of work
1994 Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominated Outstanding Female Newcomer General Hospital
1995 Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominated Hottest Soap Couple (shared with Maurice Benard) General Hospital
1997 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital
1997 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Hottest Female Star General Hospital
1998 Daytime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital
1998 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Outstanding Lead Actress General Hospital
2003 Daytime Emmy Award Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital
2003 Soap Opera Digest Awards Won Favorite Return General Hospital


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