Vanessa Nicole Marano 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.
Vanessa Marano was born on October 31, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano, who owns the Agoura Children’s Theatre. Her father is of Italian descent and her mother has English and Irish ancestry. Her younger sister, Laura Marano, is also an actress.
Vanessa Marano began acting professionally when she was seven years old. According to an interview with her sister, her mother did not want either of her children to have careers in show business and took the girls to an agent that she believed was most likely to turn kids down, only to find that Vanessa was accepted. Her sister Laura, who was on the scene with her, also impressed the agency.
Marano is most recognized for her roles as “April Nardini”, the daughter of “Luke”, in the highly popular show, Gilmore Girls (2000) and for the role of “Francesca”, the daughter of the Emmy Award-winning Lisa Kudrow, in the HBO original series, The Comeback (2005). Recently, she starred in Scoundrels (2010), playing the scheming, school-skipping daughter of Virginia Madsen. She has had recurring roles in shows including Dexter (2006), Without a Trace (2002), Trust Me (2009) and The Young and the Restless (1973). Her guest-starring credits include Parenthood (2010), Medium (2005), Ghost Whisperer (2005), Past Life (2010), Six Feet Under (2001), Malcolm in the Middle (2000) and Grounded for Life (2001).
Marano’s first film was the animated hit, Finding Nemo (2003), followed by the independent films, Easy (2003), The Clique (2008), Stopping Power (2000), Dear Lemon Lima (2009) and, most recently, The Secret Lives of Dorks (2013).