Actress Vanessa Marquez was shot and killed by police on Thursday, August 30 in South Pasadena, California. She was best known for her role as nurse Wendy Goldman on NBC drama ER.
Around 2 p.m., police were called to the actress's home for a welfare check. According to CNN, they discovered 49-year-old Marquez was having seizures and "appeared to be suffering from mental issues." Police were at the scene for 90 minutes before Marquez reportedly procured a gun. In response, authorities shot her. Unfortunately, the item was later revealed to be a "BB-type" replica gun.
Marquez played ER's nurse Wendy Goldman for three seasons from 1994-97. In October 2017, she took to Twitter to allege she was blacklisted by George Clooney for speaking out about sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
"Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up [about] harassment on ER," she wrote. "Women who [don't] play the game lose career, I did."
"I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted. I take her at her word," he shared. "I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t."
Marquez spoke out about harassment long before the #MeToo movement. She gave women an opportunity to speak up and support others who had gone through the same thing.
"I was blacklisted and my career was over at 26," she wrote on Facebook in 2017. "Why are women afraid to speak up 'at the time?' Because everything they’ve ever worked for is RIPPED away from them. For being a goddamn victim and expecting protection."
Marquez also shared she was suffering from immune disorders, including celiac disease. She claimed several times that she was diagnosed as "terminal," was suffering from chronic pain, and was "homebound."
In addition to ER, she appeared on Seinfeld and 1988's Stand and Deliver. Her other appearances include Wiseguy and Malcolm & Eddie.