Vanessa Bryant

Vanessa Bryant with her daughters Gianna and Natalia in 2008

Birth Name: Vannessa Urbieta Cornejo

Place of Birth: Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 5, 1982

Ethnicity: Mexican

Vanessa Bryant, also known as Vanessa Laine Bryant, was an American businessperson, philanthropist, and model. She was married to NBA star Kobe Bryant, until his death. The couple has had four children. Their daughter Gianna, also a basketball player, died with Kobe in a helicopter crash in 2020.

She was born to Mexican parents, despite websites stating that she is of part Irish descent. She adopted the surname Laine from her stepfather, Stephen Laine, becoming known as Vanessa Marie Laine.

Vanessa’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Urbieta.

Vanessa’s maternal grandmother’s surname was Rangel.


Genealogy of Vanessa Laine Bryant (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

119 Responses

  1. jayroe says:

    Anybody else thinks it’s kinda strange to see the date this was published?
    Why is it written in past tense form in October 2018, but he just passed today January 26, 2020?!

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