Kirsten Vangsness

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Kirsten Vangsness
Kirsten Vangsness.jpg
Vangsness in 2007.
Born(1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 42)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Melanie Goldstein
(2006–2013)
 
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Kirsten Vangsness
Kirsten Vangsness.jpg
Vangsness in 2007.
Born(1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 42)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Melanie Goldstein
(2006–2013)

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

Early life[edit]

Vangsness was born in Pasadena, California, the daughter of Errol Leroy Vangsness (born 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and his wife Barbara Mary (née Marconi; born 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Her paternal great-grandparents were Norwegian,[3] with ancestry from Bergen, Gol, and Oslo.[4] She was raised in Porterville, California and later moved to Cerritos, California. She graduated from Cerritos High School in June 1990 and attended Cypress College.[5] She later graduated from California State University Fullerton.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Vangsness 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.

Writing[edit]

Vangsness' work has been published in the Los Angeles Times.

Personal life[edit]

Vangsness says that she is "as queer as a purple unicorn singing Madonna".[6] She began dating film and television editor Melanie Goldstein in 2006.[7][8][9] They were engaged, but separated in 2013.

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 Livingston

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004Phil of the FutureVeronicaEpisode: "Age Before Beauty"
2004LAXTicket Agent / Stephanie3 episodes
2005–presentCriminal MindsPenelope Garcia
2010Vampire MobLaura Anderson
2010–2012Pretty the SeriesMeredith Champagne14 episodes
2011Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorPenelope Garcia
2011Second City This WeekHerself1 episode
2011–2013Good Job, Thanks!Therapist2 episodes

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. ^ Family tree by Vangsness' father
  4. ^ "Kirsten Simone Vangsness ancestry profile". Geni.com. 
  5. ^ Cypress College Public Information Office (2012-05-04). "Cypress College @Cypress Newsletter". 
  6. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Diane (November 2011). "The Purple Unicorn". The Advocate: 42. 
  7. ^ Melanie Goldstein at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "Untitled". Criminal Minds Fanatic. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  9. ^ Waldon, Dave (2008-09-23). "Kirsten Vangsness Thrives on "Criminal Minds"". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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