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"Gossip Girl" Finds Its Vanessa

"Gossip Girl" Finds Its Vanessa

One thing fans of the Gossip Girl books have been wondering for a while now is what happened to Vanessa, a key character from the novels who's missing from the show's first episode. But now "Gossip Girl" has found its Vanessa: According to TV Guide, Jessica Szohr will join the cast.

Szohr most recently appeared on "What About Brian." There's no word yet on when she'll first show up on "Gossip Girl."

In the books, Vanessa is a budding filmmaker who doesn't quite fit in with the rest of her wealthy Upper East Side peers. She was a childhood friend of Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), also a fish out of water in the prep school world who has ended up pursuing a relationship with the glamorous Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively). Not surprisingly, Vanessa's reappearance will complicate things for Dan and Serena.

Book fans: Are you relieved that Vanessa has been located?


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