Vanessa Lachey Biography

Filipino-born American actress, model, presenter, and beauty queen

Vanessa Joy Lachey (née Minnillo; born November 9, 1980) is an American actress, beauty pageant *leholder, fashion model, and television host. She was named Miss Teen USA in 1998. She has been a New York–based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and hosted Total Request Live on MTV. She has starred in two network sitcoms and hosted various compe*ion and reality shows. Lachey has the lead role in the CBS spinoff NCIS: Hawaiʻi.

Early life

Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born at the 13th Air Force Regional Medical Center at Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Philippines. Her father, Vincent Charles Minnillo, is an American citizen from Cleveland, Ohio, of Italian and Irish descent, while her mother, Helen Ramos Bercero, is from Manila, Philippines. Minnillo has an adopted brother 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 *an and attended eight schools in nine years. Minnillo's parents separated in 1983 and divorced in 1986. Her mother left the family when Vanessa was nine years old.

Minnillo's parents both remarried. She and her brother Vincent Jr. relocated to Turkey with their mother and stepfather. By 1991, in the wake of Operation Desert Shield, they returned to their father's home, eventually settling in Charleston, 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 has said she had "a very rocky, tumultuous childhood." She also attended Our Lady of the *umption Catholic School in San Bernardino, California, for one year.


1998–2020: Beauty pageants and television hosting

Lachey was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA and won the *le Miss Teen USA in 1998. She was 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 The Morning After (2003) and Total Request Live (2003–2007) and became a New York City correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2005. She hosted Miss Teen USA 2004 and Miss Universe 2007 beauty pageants.

After leaving MTV and Entertainment Tonight, Lachey was featured in print and web-based advertising for Bongo Jeans' Spring/Summer 2007 collection. She launched a makeup line with Flirt! Cosmetics, which debuted in August 2007 at Kohl's department stores. In May 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Lachey #15 in its annual Hot 100 issue. She has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines such as Maxim, Vegas, Shape, Parents, People, and Lucky.

Lachey hosting TRL in 2005

Lachey was a finalist in E!'s compe*ion to replace Brooke Burke as host of Wild On!. From 2009 to 2011, she hosted ABC's TV series True Beauty. The series followed 10 contestants who competed for $100,000 and to be featured in People magazine's 100 most beautiful people issue. The series was produced by Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher. Lachey became a co-host of ABC's game show Wipeout in December 2011.

Early in her career, Lachey had small roles in numerous television shows, including That's Life, City Girls, 30 Rock, The Bold and the Beautiful, Psych, Hawaii Five-O and Maybe It's Me. In 2008, she portrayed Ashlee in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, in the episode "No Tomorrow". She portrayed Amy in the parody film Disaster Movie (2008) alongside Matt Lanter, Kim Kardashian and Carmen Electra. The film was panned by critics, but was a moderate box-office success, grossing nearly $35 million against a $20 million budget. In 2009, Lachey and Kardashian shared scenes again, on CBS's police procedural television series CSI: NY.

In 2011, Lachey had a guest role as Carmen Chao in NBC's sitcom 30 Rock. She played Tracy in NBC's sitcom Truth Be Told (2015), about two diverse couples who are best friends and neighbors. The series ended after one season on December 25, 2015. On September 6, 2017, Lachey was announced as one of the celebrities who would take part in the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars, competing against her husband, Nick. She was paired with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Chmerkovskiy's wife, Peta Murgatroyd, was paired with Nick. On October 30, Lachey and Chmerkovskiy became the seventh couple eliminated from the compe*ion, finishing in joint seventh place.

2021–present: NCIS: Hawaiʻi and book

On April 30, 2021, it was announced that Lachey was the first to be cast as a series regular in CBS's police procedural TV series NCIS: Hawaiʻi. Lachey joined the cast in her first leading series role as Jane Tennant, the first female Special Agent in charge of the NCIS: Pearl. It is a spin-off of the long-running series NCIS, and the fourth series in the NCIS franchise. Filming for the series began on the North S* of Oahu on June 16, 2021. The series debuted on September 20, 2021.

On July 14, 2021, Lachey announced that her first book, Life from Scratch: Family Traditions That Start with You, would be released on November 16, 2021, by HarperCollins. The cookbook was written by Lachey and Dina Gachman and includes cooking recipes, parenting tips, birthday and date night ideas and personal stories. Lachey also shared in the book how not having a relationship with her mother has affected her approach to certain things, as she used her imagination to create celebrations and milestone markers that became annual rituals for her family. "Instead of constantly saying, 'I don't have a mom to show me how to do my makeup, what not to wear, how to be a good wife or a good mom,' I said, 'You know what? I can start that for my daughter and be that positive influence," she said in an interview with People magazine in July 2021.

Personal life

Nick and Vanessa Lachey at Marquee in Sydney, Australia on March 30, 2012

In 2006, she began dating singer Nick Lachey after appearing in the video for his song "What's Left of Me". The couple became engaged in November 2010, and married on July 15, 2011, at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. The Lacheys share a birthday, November 9. They have three children.


As an actress

As a television personality or host

Awards and nominations

Published works

  • Lachey, Vanessa: Life from Scratch: Family Traditions That Start with You, HarperCollins, 2021.

See also

  • Filipinos in the New York metropolitan area


  1. Webber, Stephanie (January 6, 2015). "Vanessa Minnillo Gives Birth, Welcomes Baby Girl Brooklyn Elisabeth With Nick Lachey: First Photo". Us Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  2. Lachey, Vanessa (January 6, 2015). "Proud Parents: Baby Girl Lachey is Here!". Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. Schnurr, Samantha (September 3, 2016). "Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey Expecting Baby No. 3". E! Online. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  4. Quinn, Dave (December 26, 2016). "'A Christmas Miracle!' Nick and Vanessa Lachey Welcome Son Phoenix Robert". People Magazine. Retrieved December 26, 2016.

External links

  • Vanessa Lachey at IMDb
  • Vanessa Lachey Net Worth
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