Kirsten Vangsness

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Kirsten Vangsness
Kirsten Vangsness.jpg
Vangsness in 2007
Born(1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 41)
Pasadena, California,
United States
OccupationActress
Partner(s)Melanie Goldstein
 
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Kirsten Vangsness
Kirsten Vangsness.jpg
Vangsness in 2007
Born(1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 41)
Pasadena, California,
United States
OccupationActress
Partner(s)Melanie Goldstein

Kirsten Simone Vangsness (born 7 July 1972[1]) is an American actress. She is a supporting actress on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia. She also portrayed the same character on the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kirsten was born July 7, 1972 in Pasadena, California to Errol Leroy Vangsness (born 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and his wife Barbara Mary, née Marconi (born 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). All of her paternal great grandparents were Norwegians, with ancestry from Gol, Bergen and Oslo.[3] She was raised in Porterville, California and moved to Cerritos, California. She graduated from Cerritos High School in June 1990, and later attended Cypress College [4] and graduated from California State University Fullerton.

Career[edit]

She got her first big break in the theater where she won several awards, including the 15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress and the Golden Betty Award. She is also a writer, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Personal life[edit]

Vangsness describes herself as "queer as a purple unicorn singing Madonna".[5] Her fiancée is film editor Melanie Goldstein. They began dating in 2006.[6] Goldstein's credits include the television series 24.[7][8] They intended to marry in 2013 "regardless whether it's legal or not by then".[5][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Sometimes Santa's Gotta Get WhackedTooth FairyShort film
2006A-ListBlue
2008Tranny McGuyverTV News ReporterShort film
2009Scream of the BikiniInterior Decorator
2010In My SleepMadge
2011Sarina's SongParty GuestShort film
2011Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8Sketch Artist
2012Remember to BreatheVocals for Young AliceShort film
2013Kill Me, DeadlyMona LivingstonMain Role

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004Phil of the FutureVeronicaSeason 1 Episode 16
2004LAXTicket Agent / StephanieSeason 1 Episode 1,8+10
2005–presentCriminal MindsPenelope GarciaMain role Season 2–present (178 episodes)

Recurring role Season 1 (22 episodes)

2010Vampire MobLaura AndersonTV series
2010–2012Pretty the SeriesMeredith ChampagneRecurring role (14 episodes)
2011Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorPenelope GarciaMain role (Season 1)
2011Second City This WeekCelebrity GuestSeason 1 Episode 32
2011–2013Good Job, Thanks!TherapistSeason 1 Episode 6 + Season 2 Episode 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vangsness, Kirsten (2007-07-24). "Kirstens Blog". CBS. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Criminal Minds' Kirsten Vangsness Joins Spin-Off as a Series Regular". TVGuide.com. 
  3. ^ "Kirsten Simone Vangsness ancestry profile". Geni.com. 
  4. ^ Cypress College Public Information Office (2012-05-04). "Cypress College @Cypress Newsletter". 
  5. ^ a b Anderson-Minshall, Diane (November 2011). "The Purple Unicorn". The Advocate: 42. 
  6. ^ Waldon, Dave (2008-09-23). "Kirsten Vangsness Thrives on "Criminal Minds"". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  7. ^ Melanie Goldstein at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "Untitled". Criminal Minds Fanatic. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  9. ^ "Gay 'Criminal Minds' Star Kirsten Vangsness To Get Married In Every Country Possible". Starpulse.com. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 

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