Vanessa Marcil

Vanessa Marcil


10/15/1968, Indio, California, USA

Birth Name

Vanessa Ortiz



Also Known As

Sally Vanessa Ortiz, Vanessa Ortiz Marcil
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Marcil was born to Peter (of Mexican descent) and Patricia (of French, Italian and Portuguese descent), and has three siblings. She was named after actress Vanessa Redgrave.

She grew up in poverty and her father was an alcoholic and abusive. Marcil herself had problems with alcohol and…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • In her family, her father Peter is a contractor; her mother Patricia is a herbalist; she also has two older sisters, Tina and Sherry; and an older brother named Sam.

  • She has designed a line of children's clothing called, 'Kass' (named in honor of her son Kassius) for Africa. A portion of the proceeds will go to help build schools and open centers to support and empower mothers and their children in Africa.

  • Vanessa is the youngest of four children. All of her family remains living in Indio, California.

  • Vanessa auditioned for a role in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998). She lost the part to Jennifer Esposito.

  • Vanessa met Brian Austin Green on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210.

  • Vanessa opened Patricia House in Los Angeles, which will aid women who can no longer care for their children. She also created a hotline for these women to have their babies placed in good homes.

  • She remarked on "Today" (1952), 5 November 2004 that she is the great granddaughter of French mime Marcel Marceau, though she never met him.

  • She was named #19 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.

  • Vanessa has a grandmother named Sally.

  • Her eyes color is brown.

  • Vanessa has previously been engaged to actors Nathan Fillian (One Life to Live, Two Guys and a Girl) and Tyler Christopher (General Hospital).

  • She was offered the role of Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal but was forced to turn it down because she had already signed on to Beverly Hills, 90210

  • As of 2006, she currently lives with her son in Los Angeles.

  • In Indio, she was part of the Circle Theatre Acting Company.

  • She is 5'4" (1.63 m).

  • Vanessa has suffered from agoraphobia (fear of open or public places).

  • Vanessa is a vegetarian.

  • Vanessa was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1995.

  • She has a tattoo on her lower back of a tribal symbol representing peace and love in the universe.

  • Vanessa was offered the cover and a layout in Playboy but she declined. She is reportedly very shy about revealing her body.

  • As a child, she was given the option of skipping second grade along with a friend. She and her parents decided against it.

  • Marcil refused to do a nude scene with Nicholas Cage in the action flick "The Rock."

  • Vanessa won the 2003 Daytime Emmy award for best supporting actress for her work on General Hospital.

  • Quotes

    • Vanessa Marcil: I balance things better and don't kill myself so much, but conflict makes me a more interesting actress to watch. The places I go to to pull emotions from, I think if you have a perfect, happy life, you just don't have those places. And I want those places. I'm proud of those places.

    • Vanessa Marcil: I love Vegas- Its like going to Disneyland

    • Vanessa Marcil: What makes a woman beautiful is her loyalty to and her friendships with other women, and her honesty with men.

    • Vanessa Marcil: I don't get this whole super-skinny obsession. I really think women look more beautiful when they let their curves show

    • Vanessa Marcil: My family didn't have any money growing up. I'm just a girl from the ghetto; from Indio, California.

    • (Speaking of General Hospital)
      Vanessa Marcil: I don't know any woman who doesn't have an anxiety attack about wearing a bathing suit. I was on the show for two years before they got me to wear a bathing suit and I almost had a heart attack the whole time.

    • Vanessa: Acting probably saved my life. It gave me a home and a safe place to let out all of my emotions and have it be okay.

    • Vanessa: Because of my crazy work schedule, I have become something of a master at changing my clothes while driving. The men driving next to me love it

    • HATE her character on GH.

      Wish she would say off GH for good. Not a good actress.
    • Marry Me Vanessa! A guy can dream cant he!

      What can I say, This Lady Is an angel sent from heaven.I was in love the moment I laid eyes on her!(the movie the Rock) Who ever has her heart is one lucky S.O.B.She is the total package. The show was good but she was the only real reason I tuned in. The show could have been about her just walking around in a circle and I would have been in front of the TV. NBC has made another huge mistake in giving the show the axe! to the heads of NBC I say only this: IDIOTS!! I guess I will just have to watch the reruns.moreless