'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez killed in California police shooting

Tanya Cunningham
August 31, 2018

Police officers were called to Marquez's home by a landlord to check on her welfare - reports say the 49-year-old appeared to be mentally unwell - and when they arrived midday, she was having seizures and appeared dishevelled and unable to care for herself.

Police say they spent 90 minutes at her home with a mental health professional and that she was "extremely uncooperative".

According to reports, police in South Pasadena, California, were performing a welfare check on Marquez when she allegedly "threatened them with a realistic-looking BB gun", causing them to fatally shoot her. Marquez appeared on 27 episodes of ER between 1994 and 1997 as Nurse Wendy Goldman, but had her career slow down afterwards.

The weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which was described as a replica semi-automatic handgun.


The newspaper reported that Marquez was shot at least once, and pronounced dead at the hospital. Clooney said in response, "I had nothing to do with casting". Clooney flatly denied the Marquez's claims. She also held roles in the 1993 gangster film Blood In, Blood Out and the indie pic Twenty Bucks. "I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted", Clooney told TheWrap.

Marquez played Nurse Wendy Goldman in the first few seasons of the NBC hit medical drama series. In 2005, she was the subject of the second-ever episode of A&E docuseries Intervention, during which she revealed that she'd developed a compulsive shopping habit and was on the verge of bankruptcy. 'I was an actor and only an actor. "The fact that I couldn't affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn't".

In October, Marquez accused former "ER" co-star George Clooney of helping to the blacklist her from the show in 1995 because she complained about being sexually and racially harassed on set. "I did", she tweeted at the time.

It was noted that Marquez had written on her personal Facebook page about issues with celiac disease and seizures, but there did not seem to be any indication of metal health issues. Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, and Julianna Margulies made racist comments about her Mexican heritage, she claimed on Twitter. "Women who don't play the came lose career" I did.

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