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) is an American actor and singer. She has starred in television movies and had recurring roles in such series as Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Scoundrels, Grey's Anatomy and The Young and the Restless. From 2011 to 2017, she starred as Bay Kennith on the Freeform television series Switched at Birth.
Vanessa Nicole Mariano is an American actress, famous for playing the role of Bay Kennish in the show, ‘Switched at Birth’. The talented and gorgeous actress has starred in multiple films and TV series like ‘Without a Trace’, ‘The Comeback’, ‘The Young and the Restless’, ‘Scoundrels’, ‘The Clique’ and ‘Senior Project’. She was nominated twice for her work in ‘Switched at Birth’ at the Teen Choice Awards. She was also selected as one of the youngest members of the prestigious, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her beauty has attracted the interest of millions of followers all over the world and she has hundreds of admirers within the industry. Vanessa Marano is touted as one of the brightest prospects in the American television and film industry. (
Vanessa Marano first appeared on a semi-recurring basis on the mystery "Without a Trace," which led to a wealth of roles throughout the 2000s and early 2010s. In the short-lived comedy "The Comeback," she had a minor part as the self-serving stepdaughter of Lisa Kudrow's protagonist, and during the latter half of the 2000s, logged appearances in over 50 episodes of the soap "The Young and the Restless." Marano has shown a willingness to venture into some dark places, as evidenced by her recurring role in "Dexter" during its 2009 season. Since 2011, she has starred as the rebellious Bay Kennish in the family drama "Switched at Birth."
Vanessa Marano started acting in the theater when she was seven years old, performing in numerous plays at A.C.T. in Agoura Hills, California. She began her professional career with several national commercials. 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). She starred as a young girl who becomes a quadriplegic in the critically acclaimed television movie, The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), directed by Christopher Reeve. 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). Vanessa is working with Lucy Liu on a miniseries, playing the troubled foster teenager, "Imogene 'Immy' Hicks" in Marry Me (2010). Vanessa speaks Italian and is enrolled in her sophomore year in college.