Gia Campbell of GH
Model-turned-actress Marisa Ramirez had traveled to many different countries for modeling gigs, appeared in TV commercials, guested in television series as well as served as a host in a MTV show before hitting the big time with her role as Gia Campbell on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.” During her stint (2000-2002), she netted a Soap Opera Digest nomination, an ALMA nomination and an Image nomination. She next played the lead role of Evelyn Santos in the short-lived series “Miracles” (2003) and Carmen Mesta/Ines Vargas in “The Young and the Restless” (2006-2007). Besides, she appeared in movies like “All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos” (2005), “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” (2007) and “Vardell Duseldorfer: The Great V.D.” (2007). More recently, in 2008, the American actress of Mexican, Irish and American-Indian extraction was featured in an episode of WB's “Supernatural.”
Brown-eyed, brown-haired Ramirez has been married to husband Nathan Lavezoli since 2002. She is a fan of Hello Kitty merchandise and once owned a cat named T.C.
Childhood and Family:
Marisa Maguire Ramirez was born on September 15, 1977, in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Ramona Convent Secondary School, an all-girl Catholic high school in Alhambra, California, in 1995. She was named the “Homecoming Queen” of the brother school, Don Brasco Tech. As a young, Marisa used to spend much of her free time with her family and friends. She stated, “I'm not a party girl. I like baking cookies and playing dominoes.”
On September 22, 2002, Marisa tied the knot with Nathan Lavezoli.
13-year-old Marisa Ramirez got her start in the show business after impressing a Los Angeles modeling agency with her Polaroid picture. Within two years, she had become a print model and a commercial actress. Her increasing status was confirmed when she was invited to work in various countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, Singapore and South Africa.
Ramirez soon added acting to her endeavors. After attending some courses, she landed guest spots in television series like “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “USA High” and “Roswell.” During that same period, she could also be seen in music videos such as Backstreet Boys' “As long as you love me,” Will Smith's “Wild, Wild West” and Jordan Knight's “Give it to you” and TV commercials for Coca-Cola, Clean & Clear and Nintendo's PONG.
In 2000, Ramirez hosted MTV's “Senseless Acts of Video” and appeared in the ABC daytime drama “Port Charles,” a gig she held until 2002. Before long, the self-declared shy girl experienced a big breakthrough when she won the contract role of Gia Campbell on the long-running ABC soap “General Hospital.” She was in the show from July 2000 to December 2002, during which time she earned a 2001 Soap Opera Digest nomination for Outstanding Female Newcomer, a 2001 ALMA nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama and a 2002 Image nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series.
After leaving “General Hospital,” Ramirez starred as Evelyn Santos on the ABC supernatural series “Miracles.” Debuted in January 2003, the show only lasted one season. In the meantime, she made a guest appearance as Susanna Medesto in a “CSI: Miami” episode called “Hurricane Anthony,” which was aired on November 3, 2003. She next played Christina Dobbs in a 2004 episode of “Century City” and Eva Leon in the pilot “Dr. Vegas” (also 2004), a short-lived crime/drama which starred Rob Lowe and Veronica Harold, before making her television film bow in the 2005 Fox drama “Hitched,” along side Leslie Bibb. Also in that same year, she was cast in the starring role of Alicia Barena in her first film, “All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos,” a horror/thriller directed by Jeremy Kasten and written by Mark A. Altman.
Ramirez returned to daytime soap opera when she joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in May 2006. As Jabot Cosmetics PR consultant Carmen Mesta, she was fired from the show after only several months because of lack of story line. At the time, her character was murdered. In late January, Ramirez was brought back to the show as the ghost of Carmen, Ines Vargas, and maintained a fixture until March 2007.
Later, in September, Ramirez revisited the big screen to play Ellen in the lesbian-themed “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” (2007), starring Melonie Diaz, Nicole Vicius and Carly Pope. She got a more bigger role in the Brian Thompson comedy “Vardell Duseldorfer: The Great V.D.,” which premiered at the Delray Beach International Film Festival in May 2007 before its theatrical release in 2008. She played the character of Maria.
In October 2007, Ramirez appeared as Monique in an episode of the James Wood crime/drama “Shark.” Three months later, she was seen as Tammi in an episode of WB's thriller/mystery series, “Supernatural.”