Vanessa Vil­lante ALIN SU­MAR­WATA

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Soap World - - AUSSIE PRIMETIME - SW

(2012-13) Sexy Ital­ian chef Vanessa was new to town when she found her­self in­stantly tied to Lu­cas Fitzger­ald by her un­ex­pected preg­nancy from their one night of pas­sion. In­tent on ab­solv­ing Lu­cas of all re­spon­si­bil­ity to her and the baby, Vanessa found love with Dr Rhys Law­son. She be­came torn be­tween the two men when Lu­cas bought a house for them to share with the baby, but the love tri­an­gle ended when Rhys blamed Vanessa for sab­o­tag­ing his med­i­cal ca­reer.

Vanessa’s mother Francesca rail­roaded Vanessa and Lu­cas into get­ting mar­ried but Vanessa fled the wed­ding, con­fused by her love for both Rhys and Lu­cas. While giv­ing birth to Pa­trick, Vanessa ac­cepted Rhys’ mar­riage pro­posal, break­ing Lu­cas’ heart. How­ever, Vanessa and Lu­cas even­tu­ally got to­gether dur­ing the baby’s health cri­sis. Later dev­as­tated by Rhys’ death, Vanessa be­came the sub­ject of a naked photo scan­dal and, af­ter sup­port­ing Lu­cas through his can­cer battle, broke their en­gage­ment over Lu­cas’ at­tach­ment to Steph.

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing her kid­napped son from the un­sta­ble Steph, Vanessa fell preg­nant again and rec­on­ciled with Lu­cas, whose mount­ing fi­nan­cial cri­sis and gam­bling ad­dic­tion threat­ened to leave them home­less.

The dis­cov­ery that Vanessa was still legally mar­ried to first hus­band Alek Po­coli pro­vided an­other ob­sta­cle un­til Alek an­nulled the mar­riage and gave Vanessa $100,000 in set­tle­ment. Af­ter mar­ry­ing Lu­cas, Vanessa packed up her fam­ily and moved to ru­ral Vic­to­ria with her fam­ily.

Vanessa (Alin Su­mar­wata) and Lu­cas fi­nally got their happy end­ing.

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