Vanessa Marano was born in Harlem and raised in New York City. She is known for her strong Italian heritage and was named “The Princess of Rock and Roll” because of her high acrobatic skills as a young girl. She went on to play many characters in different media including stage, television and movies. Vanessa Marano was also married to fellow Broadway actress Susan Sarandon for 12 years. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
In her book, The Princess of Rock and Roll, Vanessa Marano reveals a few secrets about her life that people do not know about. She reveals that her real name is Vanessa Nicole Marano and that she was inspired by the true story of the rock star, Elvis Presley. She says she often would watch the early rock music videos with her family and look at how the musicians would act and speak. After listening to several albums by Presley, she decided she wanted to be a part of his world. She says she wrote to him about her dream of being an actress and he responded by letting her perform one night at a Las Vegas hotel, which resulted in her being discovered by the then young director, Gil Rockwell.
From this experience, she gained a new perspective on acting and decided to write a book about it called The Princess of Rock and Roll: My Life as a Spontaneous Female Actor. She says she wrote the book to help other women deal with their restless energy, which she says was often caused by her upbringing in foster care. After her first book, she decided to write a second one focusing on her time as a traveling singer/actor. She was so inspired by her experiences traveling the world that she decided to switch careers and focus on acting.
Vanessa Marano says she wrote the book to give other women the courage to be themselves and to feel comfortable with who they are. She says she felt like she had changed from the one-dimensional characters she had portrayed in her childhood to a more rounded female character in her later years. That’s when she decided to write a follow up book called The Princess of Rock and Roll: A Memorable Journey and followed it up with the TV show, Vanessa Marano: On Her Own. She voices several characters in both the books, including Elvis Presley’s first wife Priscilla; Gail Laguna as Serena Drummond, the mother of Presley’s child; as well as numerous others.
Vanessa Marano Measurements
|Figure Measurements||33-23-34 in|
|Body Size||34 inches|
|Shoe Size||6.5 (US)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in / 178 cm|
|Weight||58 kg/127 lbs|
The Princess of Rock and Roll follows the life of Vanessa Marano as she attempts to balance her love of acting and raising a family. The book chronicles her journey from foster child to actress to successful actress/writer. She also shares behind-the-scenes experiences such as getting cast as an original character in a popular TV series to playing a very important and controversial role in the New York Times bestselling novel, Reasons Why I’m Not Ashamed of My Mother. This memoir about overcoming her childhood identity crisis and finding new life while maintaining her love of acting is highly popular among fans of both sexes. It has sold more than one million copies worldwide and continues to be on the bestseller lists. It is also a bestseller in the non-fiction category.
Vanessa Marano plays the character of Nelly in the second installment of the Disney/ Pixar’s Finding Nemo series. The movie, directed by Steve Jobs, has proven to be a box office smash and received critical acclaim. The character of Nemo, a clownfish, has become more than just a cute pet for younger children. He is now an accomplished, loving human being with a determined cause. In the second installment of the Finding Nemo series, Vanessa Marano gives more insight into the daily life of a professional clown fish as well as other familiar faces from the ocean world. Finding Nemo continues the exploits of the son, who followed his father into the sea – and is discovering that he has a lot of adventure to encounter along the way.