Vanessa Minnillo - Biography



Vanessa Minnillo was born on November 9, 1980, at Clark Air Force Base in Pampanga, Philippines. Her father, Vince Minnillo, was a USAF aircrew member stationed at the base. Her mother, Helen Berecero, was a Filipina who Vince had met and married while stationed in the country. Vanessa was raised alongside an adopted brother, Vincent, two years older than her.

Vanessa traveled widely throughout her childhood. When she was 1 year old, the family moved to Los Angeles where, in 1983, her parents separated. Vanessa moved with her mother to Florida, then to Nevada. Following a 1986 divorce, Vanessa's mother entered into a second marriage with another serviceman. The new family moved to Turkey.

Vanessa was forced to flee the country with her mother and brother when Iraq, Turkey's neighbor, invaded Kuwait in 1990. Upon return to the US, Vanessa and her brother were dropped off at their father's doorstep. They haven't heard from their mother since.

Vanessa and her brother settled into life with their father and stepmother in Charleston, South Carolina. Vanessa always excelled scholastically, even as she attended seven different schools while abroad, and continued to do so at Charleston's Bishop England High School.

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