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Vanessa Marano            

Stars on ABC Family's Original Series "Switched at Birth"

Vanessa Marano started acting in the theater when she was 7 years old, performing in numerous plays at A.C.T. in Agoura Hills, California. She began her professional career with several national commercials.

Marano is most recognized for her roles as April, the daughter of Luke in the highly popular “Gilmore Girls,” and as Francesca, the daughter of the Emmy(r) Award-winning Lisa Kudrow, in the HBO Original series “The Comeback.” She also stars as Bay Kennish in ABC Family's original series "Switched at Birth." She appeared in “Scoundrels” as the scheming, school-skipping daughter of Virginia Madsen and has had recurring roles in shows including “Dexter,” “Without a Trace,” “Trust Me” and “The Young and The Restless.” Guest-starring credits include “Parenthood,” “Medium,” “Love Bites,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Past Lives,” “Six Feet Under,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Grounded for Life.”

Marano starred as a young girl who becomes a quadriplegic in the critically acclaimed television movie “The Brooke Ellison Story,” directed by Christopher Reeve, and worked with Lucy Liu on a miniseries playing the troubled foster teenager, Immy, in “Marry Me.” Her first film was the animated hit “Finding Nemo,” followed by the independent films “Easy,” “The Clique,” “Stopping Power,” “Dear Lemon Lima” and most recently “The Secret Lives of Dorks.”

Marano speaks fluent Italian.


Vanessa Marano Returning to Netflix's 'Gilmore Girls' as April Nardini
Vanessa Marano will be part of Netflix's "Gilmore Girls," becoming the latest original cast member to join the revival, Variety has learned exclusively.
'Switched at Birth' Star Vanessa Marano Joins 'Gilmore Girls' Revival
Vanessa Marano will reprise her role as April Nardini in the Netflix revival of “ Gilmore Girls,” TheWrap has learned. The actress, who played Luke's daughter ...
'Switched at Birth' Star Vanessa Marano On 'Senior Project ...
Vanessa Marano, star of ABC Family's “Switched at Birth,” has come on board to topline high school comedy ensemble “Senior Project,” which begins shooting ...

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