Vanessa Minnillo

Vanessa Minnillo Biography

Vanessa Joy Lachey (née Minnillo; born November 9, 1980) is an American television personality, television host, fashion model, and actress. Minnillo was also named Miss Teen USA in 1998. She has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and hosted Total Request Live on MTV.


1980"97: Early life

Minnillo was born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines on November 9, 1980. Her father, Vincent Minnillo, is an American citizen of Italian and Irish descent, while her estranged mother, Helen Bercero, is Filipino. Minnillo has an adopted brother, Vincent Jr., who is two years older. Her father moved the family frequently because of his service in the Air Force. She lived in Washington, California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan and attended eight different schools in nine years. Minnillo's parents separated in 1983 and were divorced in 1986.

Minnillo's parents both remarried. She and her brother Vincent Jr. relocated to Turkey with their mother and new stepfather. By 1991, in the wake of Operation Desert Shield, they returned to their father's home, eventually settling in Hanahan, South Carolina, where Minnillo attended the Roman Catholic Bishop England High School and was a cheerleader. From then on, she lived with her father and stepmother, Donna. She also attended Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School, in San Bernardino, California, for one year.


Minnillo was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA and went on to win the title Miss Teen USA in 1998, the first Miss Teen USA from South Carolina and also the first from South Carolina to be named the pageant's Miss Congeniality. She was a host on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) from 2003 until 2007 and became a New York City correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2005. Minnillo hosted Miss Teen USA (2004) and co-hosted Miss Universe (2007).

After leaving MTV and Entertainment Tonight, Minnillo was featured in print and web-based advertising for BONGO Jeans' Spring/Summer 2007 collection. She has been spokeswoman for Flirt! Cosmetics, a line she helped create which debuted in August 2007, in Kohl's department stores. In May 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Minnillo #15 in its annual Hot 100 issue. She has been featured on the covers of Maxim (October 2005, October 2006), Shape (March 2007), and Lucky (July 2007).


Minnillo was a finalist in E!'s competition to replace Brooke Burke as host of Wild On. She also hosted True Beauty, a competition in which 10 contestants vie for $100,000 and inclusion in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue. The series premiered on ABC on January 5, 2009, with a first season that ran through February 23, 2009. ABC renewed the series for a second season which ran from May 31, 2010 through July 19, 2010. Minnillo became a co-host of ABC's Wipeout beginning in winter 2011. Her first appearance was on December 8, 2011. She left the show in late 2012 to have a baby and was replaced by Jill Wagner.

Minnillo has appeared in television series including That's Life, City Girls, 30 Rock, The Bold and The Beautiful, Psych, Hawaii 5-0 and Maybe It's Me. In 2008, she played Ashlee in the How I Met Your Mother episode "No Tomorrow". She starred in the 2008 comedy Disaster Movie, a spoof of big-budget Hollywood disaster movies. Released on August 29, 2008, the film had moderate box office success, earning $34,624,652 worldwide. The film received extremely negative reviews, earning six Razzie Award nominations. As of January 2011, it stands at number sixteen on the IMDb Bottom 100.

Minnillo signed on to appear in Redefining Love, a 2009 romantic comedy, but she is not listed in the final cast. In November 2009, announced that Minnillo would guest star alongside Disaster Movie co-star Kim Kardashian on CBS's CSI: NY. "The ladies [Vanessa and Kim] portray two women who've managed to concoct a very interesting scheme that ends in murder," confirmed executive producer Pam Veasey. Minnillo's former MTV colleague and close friend, La La Vasquez, as well as the band Train, also appeared in the episode. In 2011, she guest starred on 30 Rock as Carmen Chao, Avery's coworker at NBC who is competing for the same promotion. Minnillo later guest starred on the new series of Hawaii Five-0 with then fiancé Nick Lachey.

Personal life

Beginning in 2003, Minnillo was in a relationship with Derek Jeter, which ended in 2005.

She dated Nick Lachey in 2006 until their split in 2009. The couple reconciled several months later. On July 15, 2011, Minnillo and Lachey married on Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, with an intimate party of 35 close friends and family. On September 12, 2012, Minnillo gave birth to their first child, a son named Camden John Lachey.



Year Film Role Notes
2008 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Julie Angel Cameo
Disaster Movie Amy Lead Role


Year Title Role Notes
2001 That's Life Cheerleader Episode: "Oh, Crap!"
City Guys Hot Girl Episode: "Dances with Malcolm"
The Bold and the Beautiful Amanda Wexler Recurring Role (Appeared In 8 Episodes)
2002 Maybe It's Me Sexy Student Episode: "The Prom Episode: Part 2"
2003"2007 Total Request Live Herself / Host
2005"2007 Entertainment Tonight Herself / NYC Correspondent
2007 Miss Universe 2007 Host
2008 How I Met Your Mother Ashlee Episode: "No Tomorrow"
2009"2010 True Beauty Herself / Host
2009 CSI: NY Grace Chandler Episode: "Second Chances"
2010 Psych Gina Episode: "Shawn and Gus in Drag (Racing)"
2011–2012 Wipeout Herself / Host
2011 30 Rock Carmen Chao Episode: "¡Qué Sorpresa!"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Susan Episode: "Powa Maka Moana"
2011 Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding Herself Televised WeddingShe is now Vanessa Lachey
2013 Dads Camilla Main Role

Music videos

Year Video Artist(s) Notes
2006 What's Left of Me Nick Lachey Love Interest

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