Starring as the wheeling and dealing Samantha ?Sam? Jane on the stylistic, new NBC drama ?Las Vegas,? Daytime Emmy Award winner Vanessa Marcil showcases her ability to wine-and-dine the high rollers.
A native of Palm Desert, California, Marcil?s passion for the performing arts began at a very young age leading her to spend her early teen years working in theater. She earned roles in such productions as Neil Simon?s ?Fools,? and the classic ?Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.? Marcil received critical acclaim for her performance in the stage production ?Southern Rapture,? starring country singer/actor Dwight Yoakum and Golden Globe winner Sally Kirkland.
Making her television debut on the daytime drama ?General Hospital,? Marcil recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress and garnered several nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress and Hottest Female Star. After her six-year run on the daytime series, Marcil ventured into primetime television appearing as a series regular on ?Beverly Hills, 90210.? Her other television credits include guest-starring roles on ?NYPD Blue,? ?High Incident? and ?Spin City,? as well as starring in the TV movie ?To Love, Honor and Deceive.?
Vanessa Marcil made her feature-film debut in the blockbuster ?The Rock,? starring alongside Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery. Her other feature credits include the independent films ?The Space Between Us? and ?Nice Guys Sleep Alone? with Sean O?Bryan.
Along with her work on screen, Marcil works closely with Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children, as well as with programs assisting those who have been affected by drug and alcohol abuse. She will soon open Patricia House in Los Angeles, which will aid women who can no longer care for their children and is in the process of creating a hotline for these women to have their babies placed in good homes.
Marcil currently resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is October 15.