Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett, General Hospital) celebrates her birthday. Learn more about her here---->>
General Hospital alum, Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda Barrett) is celebrating her 54th birthday today.
Sally Vanessa Ortiz was born on October 15, 1968, to Patricia Marcil Ortiz and Peter Ortiz. Marcil, the youngest of four children, was born in Indio, California, to Patricia, an herbalist, and Pete Ortiz, a contractor and self-made millionaire. Marcil's father is Mexican and her mother is an American of French and Italian ancestry. Vanessa attended Indio High School, located in Indio, California. Shortly after high school, she attended a junior college, College of the Desert, in Palm Desert, California.
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 (in 1997, 1998, and 2003) for her portrayal, and won in 2003 as Outstanding Supporting Actress the year before her departure from the show in July 2011. Marcil did make a guest appearance in April 2013 to commemorate the show's 50th anniversary.
Happy 54th birthday Vanessa!