Vanessa Marcil is an American actress probably best known for her roles on “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Las Vegas.”
Her birth name is Sally Vanessa Ortiz, and she is a mix of Mexican, French, Italian and Portuguese ancestry. She was named Vanessa after the actress Vanessa Redgrave. She grew up in Palm Desert, and when she was eight she began acting in school plays.
Per tv.com, Vanessa Marcil grew up in poverty and her father was an alcoholic and abusive. Apparently, she had problems as a teen with alcohol and went to juvenile hall after being arrested several times. She attended College of the Desert, Palm Desert, where she studied law. She dropped out, however, to pursue acting.
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In 1992, Vanessa Marcil landed on the ABC soap “General Hospital.” She made her feature film debut in “The Rock.” She said, “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 OK.”
She said on the Today show that she is the great-granddaughter of French mime Marcel Marceau, though they had never met.
Vanessa Marcil said, “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 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.”
She has been married twice, including once to Corey Feldman. She said in 2005 that she wasn’t married to him, only that “he’s just a kid I did drugs with when I was a teenager.” However, marriage records indicated that she was indeed married to him. She told Entertainment Weekly, that the marriage was a joke that “two messed up kids” played on their friends.
Vanessa was also involved with Brian Austin Green, and they have a son together, Kassuius Lijah Marcil-Green, born in 2002. (He was named after Muhammad Ali).
A bit of trivia: she is a vegetarian; she is best friends with Jillian Michaels, who is the godmother of her son. She has a tattoo on her lower back that represents universal peace, and a tattoo on her right ankle. Vanessa Marcil splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.