"I've lost many friends to AIDS. They were incredible people who made the world a better place. I was invited to Ride for a cure last year. Chris Salgardo was our leader. He said, "How do you want be remembered?" Those words and his commitment changed my life forever. I'm humbled and honored to ride for a cure."
Vanessa Marcil is an Emmy Award-winning actor who began studying the craft of acting, dance, guitar, and singing on stage at age 5.
A native of Indio, California, Vanessa started her television career as Brenda Barrett on “General Hospital”. She garnered three Daytime Emmy Award nominations (1997, 1998 and 2003) for her role, winning in 2003 as "Outstanding Supporting Actress." In February 1998, she was named "Outstanding Lead Actress" at the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
After five years on “General Hospital,” she pursued other projects including starring in the television movie “To Love, Honor and Deceive,” a recurring guest role on the police drama “High Incident” produced by Steven Spielberg, a starring role in a stage production of “Southern Rapture,” directed by Peter Fonda. Vanessa is also known for her role as Sam Marquez on the NBC drama “Las Vegas,” opposite James Caan and Josh Duhamel. Other primetime roles include guest star and recurring roles on “Hawaii 5 O”, “Spin City,” “Without a Trace,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “NYPD Blue”.
She made her film debut in the blockbuster hit “The Rock” with Nicholas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris. She has also starred in independent films such as The Space Between Us with Jeremy Sisto and Nice Guys Sleep Alone with Sean O’Bryan. Marcil's lead role in the Movie One Hot Summer helped garner the movie a nomination for an Imagen Award for Outstanding Primetime TV movie.
Marcil has combined her love for racing and motorcycles with her philanthropic efforts, including racing in the Grand Prix last year to raise funds for the Miller Children’s Hospital, riding her motorcycle for “Path” to raise awareness of homeless families, and of course the Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR. She has also worked with AIDS orphans in South Africa and is a longtime supporter of Sojourn, a domestic violence shelter.
Vanessa lives in a farm in upstate New York with her son and fiancé MC, an Iraq war vet. They are opening up an organic Mexican restaurant, and are also shooting a new docu-series following her reconciliation with her long-lost family. The show and restaurant are both called "Vanessa's Taco," and is scheduled to air in 2016.
This is Vanessa’s second LifeRide for amfAR.
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Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR is an annual, motorcycle charity ride through major U.S. cities that includes multiple high-profile events at Kiehl’s stores along the way to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds to help amfAR find a cure. At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s will have raised $1.2 million for amfAR. The 6th Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR is a 2,100-mile long journey that begins in Denver, CO on August 3 and ends in San Diego, CA on August 15. Learn more at www.kiehls.com and www.amfar.org.