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Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano
Marano at the Saturn Awards in 2011
Born Vanessa Nicole Marano
(1992-10-31) October 31, 1992 [1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Relatives Laura Marano (sister)

Vanessa Nicole Marano (born October 31, 1992) is an American actress. She has starred in television movies and had recurring roles in such series as Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Scoundrels and The Young and the Restless. Since June 2011, she has starred as Bay Kennish on Switched at Birth. Her younger sister, Laura Marano is also a successful actress, starring on Austin & Ally.


Vanessa Marano began acting professionally when she was seven years old.[2] According to an interview with her sister, her mother did not want either of her children to have careers in show business, and took her to an agent that she believed was most likely to turn kids down, only to find that she was accepted. Laura, who was on the scene with her also impressed the agency.[3] Since then, she worked for productions at the Stage Door Theater. Her first major roles on television have been as Jack Malone's older daughter in Without a Trace (she and real life sister Laura play sisters), Valerie's stepdaughter in The Comeback and as April Nardini in Gilmore Girls. She also played Layne Abeley in The Clique based on the books by Lisi Harrison and Samantha Combs in Dear Lemon Lima. Marano starred in an episode of Ghost Whisperer alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt. Marano played Eden on The Young and the Restless and Hope on Scoundrels. Since June 2011, she has starred as Bay Kennish on the ABC Family show Switched at Birth.[4]

Personal life

Vanessa Marano was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Ellen,[5] is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre.[1] Her younger sister, Laura, is a star on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally. Her father is of Italian descent.[6] Besides English, Marano speaks fluent Italian.[7] She is attending a community college.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2002–09 Without a Trace Hanna Malone Recurring role (12 episodes)
2004 Grounded for Life Lexie Episode: "Tombstone Blues"
2004 Brooke Ellison Story, TheThe Brooke Ellison Story Young Brooke Ellison Movie
2005 Six Feet Under Tate Pasquese Episodes: "Time Flies", "The Silence"
2005 Comeback, TheThe Comeback Franchesca Regular role (12 episodes)
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Gina Episode: "Malcolm Defends Reese"
2005–07 Gilmore Girls April Nardini Recurring role (13 episodes)
2006 Boys Life Sheila Movie
2007 Hell on Earth Shelly Movie
2008 Man of Your Dreams Maia Movie
2008 Miss Guided Kelly Episode: "Homecoming (Season1 Episode 1)"
2008 Closer, TheThe Closer Theresa Monroe Episode: "Problem Child (Season 4 Episode 6)"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Alise Jones Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"
2008–10 Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless Eden Baldwin Regular role (59 episodes)
2009 Trust Me Haley McGuire Recurring role (5 episodes)
2009–11 Dexter Rebecca Mitchell Recurring role (6 episodes)
2010 Untitled Michael Jacobs Pilot Bailey Davidson Unsold pilot movie
2010 Past Life Susan Charne Episode: "Dead Man Talking"
2010 Medium Jennifer Whitten Episodes: "There Will Be Blood.. Type A", "There Will Be Blood... Type B"
2010 Scoundrels Hope West Main role (8 episodes)
2010 Parenthood Holly Episode: "Date Night"
2010 Marry Me Imogen Hicks Miniseries
2011 Private Practice Casey Episode: "The Hardest Part"
2011 Love Bites Becky Lerner Episode: "Too Much Information"
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Samantha Cafferty Episode: "CSI Down"
Switched at Birth Bay Kennish Lead role
2012 Grey's Anatomy Holly Wheeler Episode: "The Girl with No Name"
2012 Boys Are Stupid, Girls Are Mean Narrator 9 episodes
2013 Restless Virgins Emily Movie
2013 Perception Riley Episode: "Toxic"
2014 NCIS: New Orleans Natalie Lane Episode: "The Recruits"


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Easy Little Jamie
2008 Clique, TheThe Clique Layne Abeley Video
2009 Dear Lemon Lima Samantha Combs
2012 Your Father's Daughter Luciana Short film
2013 Secret Lives of Dorks, TheThe Secret Lives of Dorks Samantha
2014 Senior Project Sam

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result Ref
Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star – Female Switched at Birth Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Drama Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "11 Questions with "Switched at Birth" Star Vanessa Marano!". 6 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey Dransfeldt (2009-01-25). "Agoura Hills sisters are young stars on the rise". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  3. ^ """Laura Marano on "The Better Show.  
  4. ^ Barney, Chuck. "Chuck Barney: 'Switched at Birth' another winner for ABC Family." San Jose Mercury News, June 29, 2011. Accessed on July 18, 2011.
  5. ^ Agoura's Children's Theatre (ed.). "Improvisation". 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Mulcahy, Jr., Kevin (2011-06-03). "Q&A: Switched at Birth's Vanessa Marano". Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "2011 Teen Choice Awards winners". Popcrush. August 7, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ng, Philiana (May 22, 2013). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Leads First Wave of Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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