Matchup: Old School Vanessa Marcil vs New School Victoria Justice
Pictured: Vanessa Marcil & Victoria Justice
We’ve been thinking about doing this matchup for a while, so we can all thank Gabbo’s comment in the last Victoria Justice post as the one that broke the camel’s back.
For all you young kids out there, the beautiful Vanessa Marcil is currently 44, but when she was in her prime, you couldn’t find a more beautiful actress on television. It’s a pity she came into the industry before Hollywood’s Spanish/Latin invasion b/c a woman like Vanessa Marcil would definitely get a lot more love. She’s best known for her roles as Brenda Barrett Corinthos on “General Hospital,” Gina Kincaid on “Beverly Hills, 90210” (the first one, of course).
The gallery is slightly heavier on Vanessa Marcil photos, but that’s only because we see a lot more of Victoria Justice these days. We tried to include a healthy dose of older & more recent candid photos, as well as old school photo shoots of Vanessa close to her mid-to-late-90s prime. Here’s more about Vanessa:
Marcil was married to actor Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993, although she has at times denied this fact. For example, in the June 2005 issue of Maxim, Marcil was quoted as saying, “I never married Corey. He’s just a kid I did drugs with when I was a teenager.” However, Nevada marriage records indicate that she in fact married Feldman on August 6, 1989 (under Marcil’s birth name Sally Vanessa Ortiz).
Marcil dated Nathan Fillion from 1995 to early 1997 and former Beverly Hills, 90210 castmate Brian Austin Green from 1999 until early 2003. Marcil and Green have one son together, Kassius Lijah Marcil–Green, born March 30, 2002.
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. 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, she was initially cast to join NYPD Blue’s 9th season as a new series regular, Det. Carmine Olivera. However, after her first appearance in “Johnny Got His Gold”, the show decided to re-do the role and replaced Marcil with Jacqueline Obradors as Det. Rita Ortiz. Marcil did make one more cameo appearance as Det. Olivera in the 11th season episode “Shear Stupidity”.