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Who Is The Most Famous Vanessa In The World?

Updated February 5, 2021 671 votes 33 voters 14.2k views71 items

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How many celebrities named Vanessa can you think of? The famous Vanessas below have many different professions, including notable actors named Vanessa, famous athletes named Vanessa, and even musicians named Vanessa.

Vanessa Hudgens is certainly one of the most famous Vanessas on this list. One of the famous actresses named Vanessa, she is best known for playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. She is also a singer with two albums under her belt, V and Identified.

Another of the famous people with the first name Vanessa is Vanessa Williams. She was the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America, a title she carried in 1984. She went on to become a singer and actress with roles in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives.

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    BirthplaceMillwood, New York, United States of America

    Alternative NameVanessa L. Williams

    Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. She initially gained recognition as the first woman of African-American descent to receive the Miss...  more

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    Vanessa Hudgens

    1988-12-14

    BirthplaceSalinas, California, USA

    Alternative NameVanessa Hudgens, Vanessa A. Hudgens

    Vanessa Anne Hudgens (born December 14, 1988) is an American actress and singer. After making her feature film debut in Thirteen (2003), Hudgens rose to fame portraying Gabriella Montez in the High...  more

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    Vanessa Bayer

    1981-11-14

    BirthplaceOrange, Ohio, United States of America

    Vanessa Polster Bayer (born November 14, 1981) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award...  more

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    Vanessa Carlton

    1980-08-16

    BirthplaceMilford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Vanessa Lee Carlton (born August 16, 1980) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. Upon completion of her education at the School of American Ballet, Carlton chose to pursue singing instead,...  more

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    BirthplaceClark Air Force Base, Philippines

    Alternative NameVanessa Lachey

    Vanessa Joy Lachey (née Minnillo; born November 9, 1980) is an American-Filipino television personality, beauty queen, fashion model, television host and actress. She was also named Miss Teen USA in...  more

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    BirthplaceGreenwich, London, United Kingdom

    Vanessa Redgrave (born 30 January 1937) is an English actress of stage, screen, and television, and a political activist. She is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and received the 2010...  more

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    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Vanessa Lee Chester (born July 2, 1984 in Los Angeles) is an American television and film actress who rose to fame as a child actor for her roles in A Little Princess (1995) and Harriet the Spy...  more
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    Vanessa Kirby

    1988-04-18

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Vanessa Nuala Kirby (born 18 April 1988) is an English actress. For her role as Princess Margaret in the Netflix historical drama series The Crown (2016–2017), she won the British Academy Television...  more

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    Vanessa Morgan

    1992-03-23

    BirthplaceOttawa, Ontario, Canada

    Vanessa Morgan Mziray (born March 23, 1992), known professionally as Vanessa Morgan, is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Beatrix "Bird" Castro in the MTV teen drama series Finding...  more
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    Vanessa Lengies

    1985-07-21

    BirthplaceMontréal, Québec, Canada

    Vanessa Lengies (born July 21, 1985) is a Canadian actress, dancer and singer. She is known for starring in the drama American Dreams as Roxanne Bojarski. She appeared as Charge Nurse Kelly Epson on...  more
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    Vanessa Paradis

    1972-12-22

    BirthplaceSaint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

    Vanessa Chantal Paradis (born 22 December 1972) is a French singer, model and actress. Paradis became a child star at 14 with the worldwide success of her single "Joe le taxi". Since 1991, Paradis...  more

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    Vanessa Marano

    1992-10-31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    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,...  more
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    Vanessa Angel

    1966-11-10

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Vanessa Madeline Angel (born 10 November 1966) is an English actress and former model. She played the role of Lisa on the television series Weird Science. She is also known for her role as Claudia in...  more
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    Vanessa Marcil

    1968-10-15

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Indio

    Alternative NameVanessa Marcil

    Vanessa Marcil ( mar-SEL; born Sally Vanessa Ortiz; October 15, 1968) is an American actress. She is best known for her television roles as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital, Gina Kincaid on...  more

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    Vanessa Ferlito

    1980-12-28

    BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

    Vanessa Ferlito is an American actress. She is known for appearing as Detective Aiden Burn in CSI: NY, as well as her recurring portrayal of Claudia Hernandez in 24 and her regular role as FBI Agent...  more
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    Vanessa White

    1989-10-30

    BirthplaceYeovil, United Kingdom

    Vanessa Karen White (born 30 October 1989) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. White rose to fame in 2008 as a singer in the girl band The Saturdays, who are signed to Fascination...  more
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    Vanessa Lorenzo

    1976-12-07

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Vanesa Lorenzo (born 7 January 1977 in Barcelona, Spain) is a model. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, ELLE,Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition....  more
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    Vanessa Bryant

    1982-05-05

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, CA

    Vanessa Bryant (born May 5, 1982) is the wife of late NBA star Kobe Bryant. 

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    Vanessa Feltz

    1962-02-21

    BirthplaceIslington, London, United Kingdom

    Vanessa Jane Feltz (born 21 February 1962) is an English television personality, broadcaster and journalist. Feltz currently presents an early morning radio show on BBC Radio 2 and the Breakfast show...  more
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    Vanessa Ray

    1980-11-02

    BirthplaceLivermore, California, United States of America

    Vanessa Ray Liptak, known professionally as Vanessa Ray, is an American actress and singer. She is best known for portraying Teri Ciccone on the soap opera As the World Turns, Jenny on the legal...  more
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    Vanessa Hessler

    1988-01-21

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Vanessa Hessler (born January 21, 1988) is an Italian model and actress. A model since she was 15, Hessler has appeared in many publications throughout Italy, Germany and France....  more
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    BirthplaceSpain, Barcelona

    Vanessa Incontrada (born 24 November 1978) is a Spanish-Italian actress and model. She has appeared in seven films since 2003. She starred in the film Il cuore altrove, which was entered into the...  more
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    Vanessa Branch

    1973-03-21

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Vanessa Lynn Branch (born March 21, 1973) is an English-born American actress and model. She is best known in the United States as the Orbit Gum girl television commercial (whose catchphrase is...  more
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    Vanessa Mendoza

    1981-07-25
    Vanessa Alexandra Mendoza Bustos (born 1981), better known simply as Vanessa Mendoza, is a Colombian actress and fashion model who held the Miss Colombia title in 2001, being the first Afro-Colombian...  more
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    Vanessa Simmons

    1983-08-05

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Vanessa Jean Simmons (born August 5, 1983) is an American TV personality. Her family is featured in the MTV reality show Run's House. She was recently the host and judge of Project Runway: Threads. ...  more
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