Vanessa Marcil made waves in November 2017 when she announced that she and her fiancé were going to be parents. And that news was likely a huge deal for Marcil, as she had already suffered six miscarriages while attempting to add another child to her family. What’s more, since the star would go on to reveal her baby’s gender in January 2018, this particular pregnancy may have seemed to be progressing well. In time, though, Marcil would give an update that saddened her fans.
Marcil herself, meanwhile, is perhaps most recognizable for playing Brenda Barrett on General Hospital – firstly from 1992 to 1998, then for shorter follow-up stints in the ’00s. In fact, she even ended up being nominated for three Daytime Emmys for her performance as Barrett, winning one in 2003. And after first leaving the long-running soap, the actress appeared in Beverly Hills, 90210, where she portrayed Gina Kincaid.
Behind the scenes, meanwhile, Marcil has had an eventful love life. Her first husband was Corey Feldman, whom she married in 1989 after a few months of dating; unfortunately, though, the couple divorced in 1993. Marcil then began a relationship with Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Brian Austin Green and had a child with him.
That baby was Kassius Lijah, who was born on March 30, 2002. But, unfortunately, the relationship between Green and Marcil didn’t last long, either. The pair split up not long after the child was born, in fact, leaving Green free to eventually date and marry Transformers star Megan Fox.
Then, in 2010, Marcil got married again – this time to actor Carmine Giovinazzo. And the pair looked all set to start a family together, as in June 2011 Marcil announced on Twitter, using a smiley-face emoji, that she and Giovinazzo were expecting a baby. But, sadly, the pregnancy never made it to term, as Giovinazzo would reveal in December of that year. He posted on Twitter, “V has had a miscarriage. Our second one this year.”
And, as it happens, the Marcil-Giovinazzo marriage would hit the rocks, with the pair divorcing in March 2013. Perhaps, then, that experience led Marcil to keep the details of any future relationships to herself. At least, she’s been reluctant to name her fiancé; after telling fans on social media in April 2015 of her engagement, for example, she referred to her future husband only as “MC.”
Marcil would also show off her engagement ring in an Instagram picture posted on April 23, 2015. “Ok!!! Here is my news finally! I got a mani after exactly one year & we are planning our wedding but how do U pick Ur nose with nails? #imserious,” she joked. She later made another post and tagged her fiancé in it, adding, “Thank you for sharing in our excitement. My engagement ring was Audrey Hepburn’s gold band.”
And on November 13, 2017, Marcil would make another surprise announcement: she and MC were expecting a child. “It’s baby time,” Marcil wrote on Instagram, beneath a picture of her and her husband-to-be. “After six miscarriages, we are saying prayers for OPM.” Commenters would later suggest that “OPM” stood for “our precious miracle.”
Then in January 2018 Marcil seemed to confirm that all was well with the pregnancy by posting a picture to Instagram that showed her baby bump and her pet dog Rocky. And the comments below that post were full of congratulations and happiness for the actress, with some expressing hopes that the baby would be born healthy and well.
But unfortunately, just a couple of weeks after Marcil had posted the cute photograph, tragedy struck. And the harrowing news was revealed in an Instagram message, which began, “Our hearts are with Vanessa and MC who have lost baby OPM.” It continued, “Thank you for respecting their privacy as they heal, and thank you for sharing all of your personal stories. You are not alone.”
And in the comments to that post, the couple understandably received a great deal of sympathy from Instagram users. A few people also mentioned that they, too, had suffered multiple pregnancy losses throughout their lives. In that way, they somewhat understood what Marcil was going through.
Indeed, just one miscarriage can be absolutely heartbreaking for anybody, regardless of their celebrity status. Marcil, though, has had that experience several times – a state of affairs that, sadly, is not uncommon. According to infertility awareness charity Resolve, for instance, miscarriages happen in 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies. And for women who have previously suffered two or more miscarriages, the organization says, there’s a 40 percent chance that subsequent pregnancies will end in the same manner.
However, British pregnancy charity Tommy’s claims on its website that, despite statistics showing that a quarter of all women will lose children in this way at some point in their lives, miscarriage is still a poorly funded area in medical research. And while trials regarding medical drugs and stem cells are ongoing, it may be still be a while before they yield any results that could help expectant mothers.
The psychological effects of multiple miscarriages are likewise a little-discussed subject. “Every baby book and doctor says you shouldn’t tell people you’re pregnant before your 12-week scan ‘in case something happens,’” a psychologist who gave her name only as Alison told Stylist in 2011. “But that infers that you’re also not supposed to tell people that something did happen. It reinforces the idea that miscarriage is something that you should feel guilty about and keep secret.”
And it’s also been asserted that people who have suffered a miscarriage, or who have seen their partner suffer one, generally feel alone, guilty or ashamed afterwards. This is according to a survey undertaken by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Health System, the findings of which were published in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal in 2015.
But there was another, more promising statistic that the authors of that study uncovered. Specifically, of the people interviewed, 28 percent said that hearing celebrities speak about their own miscarriages helped them to feel better about what had happened. “We want people who experience miscarriage to know that they’re not alone,” Dr. Zev Williams, one of the lead researchers, explained in a press release about the study.
Plus, Marcil isn’t the only celebrity who has opened up about one or more miscarriages: Beyoncé, Nicole Kidman and Barbara Walters have all done so, too. It’s perhaps worth noting, though, that the other women named went on to have children, whether biologically or through adoption.
And Marcil opening up on social media about her loss has seemed to encourage others to share their experiences, too. One person wrote on Instagram, for example, “I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, I had five miscarriages before my Dr. did testing and found the problem.” They added, however, “Thankfully they were able to fix it, and I now have two beautiful children.”
It’s not known what has caused Marcil’s miscarriages, though, and that may not be information she even wishes to divulge. Indeed, after the January 26, 2018, post explaining what had happened to her, the actress hasn’t been active on social media, nor has she spoken to any journalists about her loss.
Perhaps, then, Marcil is preferring to grieve privately – a choice no one would begrudge her making. But it may not be the end of the road for the actress when it comes to having another child, whether biologically or through surrogacy or adoption. And, hopefully, in the end, she’ll be able to expand her family if she still wishes to do so.