Vanessa Marcil

2004 NBC All Star Party - Arrivals

Marcil in 2004, photo by

Birth Name: Sally Vanessa Ortiz

Place of Birth: Indio, Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 15, 1968

*father – Mexican
*mother – French-Canadian, French, German, and English

Vanessa Marcil is an American actress. Her father, Peter Ortiz, was of Mexican background. Her mother, Patricia (Marcil), is of French-Canadian, French, German, and English, ancestry.

Vanessa has a son with her former partner, actor and musician Brian Austin Green.

Vanessa has also been described as having Portuguese and/or Italian ancestry. It is not clear if this is correct.

Vanessa’s paternal grandfather was Pete Montoya Ortiz (the son of José Isabel Ortiz and Maria Nabor Montoya). Pete was born in California.

Vanessa’s paternal grandmother was named Sally Barriqas Nieto.

Vanessa’s maternal grandfather was Jean-Joseph Marcil (the son of Theophile Joseph Marcil and Marie-Zélima Corine Boiteau). Jean-Joseph was Canadian, from a French-Canadian family, from Manitoba. Theophile was the son of Louis Marcil and Élise Lavallée. Marie-Zélima was the daughter of Jean Boiteau and Corine Tremblay.

Vanessa’s maternal grandmother was Suzanna Lenora DeMay (the daughter of Emil DeMay and Harriet Irene Knipe). Suzanna was born in Missouri, and had French, German, and English ancestry. Emil was born in Missouri, the son of Julius Henry DeMay and Hattie Ringling.

Sources: Obituary of Vanessa’s father –

Death records of Vanessa’s paternal grandfather, Pete Montoya Ortiz –

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

Vanessa’s maternal grandmother, Suzanna Lenora DeMay, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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