Kristy Swanson

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Kristy Swanson

Swanson signing autographs outside the Directors Guild of America, Hollywood, before the premiere of Fly Me to the Moon on August 3, 2008.
BornKristen Nöel Swanson
(1969-12-19) December 19, 1969 (age 42)
Mission Viejo, California, U.S.
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Lloyd Eisler (1 child)
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Kristy Swanson

Swanson signing autographs outside the Directors Guild of America, Hollywood, before the premiere of Fly Me to the Moon on August 3, 2008.
BornKristen Nöel Swanson
(1969-12-19) December 19, 1969 (age 42)
Mission Viejo, California, U.S.
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Lloyd Eisler (1 child)

Kristen Nöel "Kristy" Swanson (born December 19, 1969) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Buffy Summers in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She also played Catherine "Cathy" Dollanganger in the movie version of the V.C. Andrews book Flowers in the Attic.


Early life

Swanson was born in Mission Viejo, California, the daughter of physical education teachers Robert and Rosemary Swanson.[1]


Swanson started her career at The Actors Workshop with R.J. Adams and promptly moved into TV advertising roles and several one-off appearances in TV series such as Cagney and Lacey and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1986, she debuted on the big screen in two John Hughes films: Pretty In Pink, in a non-speaking role, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off as a character who announces a convoluted excuse for Ferris' absence in class. Her first starring role was later in 1986, in Wes Craven's Deadly Friend as Samantha – "the girl next door". The next year she played Cathy in the adaptation of V. C. Andrews' best-seller Flowers in the Attic.

By 1990, Swanson had made many television appearances, including multiple appearances in Knots Landing (1987–1988), Nightingales (1989),[2] her first starring role in a TV series, although it only lasted a season, and a short-lived Burt Reynolds television series called B.L. Stryker (1989).

Throughout the 1990s, she centered mostly in films. She played the title role in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was a box office bomb but had a profitable rental life. She appeared in both starring and supporting roles in movies such as Hot Shots!, The Program, The Chase, or her most critically acclaimed role as Kristen Connor, a student discovering her sexuality, in John Singleton's Higher Learning. She also appeared in the film adaptation of the comic-book The Phantom and the dark comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag with Joe Pesci. Most of these films failed at the box office, and she reverted to TV work in the late 1990s.

In the 1998–99 season of Early Edition, Swanson played Erica Paget, a love interest of the main character, Gary Hobson. In 1999, Swanson played Vanessa, the girlfriend of Adam Sandler in the movie Big Daddy. In 2000, she returned to a television series, as the star of Grapevine, a revamp of a 1992 TV series that was cancelled after 5 episodes.

Swanson posed nude for Playboy magazine in November 2002 in a cover-featured pictorial. She appeared in and won the 2006 Fox television program Skating with Celebrities, partnered with Lloyd Eisler.

On May 8, 2007, Swanson appeared in the Law and Order: Criminal Intent episode "Bombshell", playing a fictionalized variation on Anna Nicole Smith.

In 2007, she became a spokesperson of the Medifast diet. In the following year, she guest-starred in 3 episodes of the lesbian web series 3Way.

In July 2009, she filmed What If..., co-starring Kevin Sorbo and Debby Ryan, released on August 20, 2010. It was her first theatrical film in 10 years.

Swanson made a cameo appearance in the "Don't You Forget About Me" episode of One Tree Hill, which aired on February 1, 2010. The episode was a homage to John Hughes; Swanson appeared in two films produced by him in the 1980s.

Personal life

Swanson began a relationship with her Skating with Celebrities partner Lloyd Eisler during the show's run, while Eisler was still married to his then pregnant wife, Marcie.[3] Swanson gave birth to a son named Magnus Hart Swanson Eisler on February 16, 2007, just one month after Lloyd's divorce from Marcia O'Brien was finalized.[4] Swanson married Eisler on February 7, 2009 in San Luis Obispo, California.[5] They currently live in Santa Clarita, California.[6]



2012Operation CupcakeJanet CarsonTV movie
2011A Christmas WishMartha EvansTV movie
2011Chick MagnetHerself
2011Swamp SharkRachel BroussardTV movie
2010What If...Wendy Walker
2009The CloserKaitlynShort film
2006Living DeathElizabeth Harris
2006The Black HoleShannon MuirTV movie
2005Six Months LaterLindaShort film
2005Forbidden SecretsAlexandra Kent LambethTV
2005Bound by LiesLaura Cross
2003SilenceJulia Craig
2003Red WaterKelli RaymondTV movie
2001Zebra LoungeLouise Bauer
2001Soul AssassinTessa Jansen
2000Dude, Where's My Car?Christie Boner
2000Meeting DaddyLaurel Lee
1999Big DaddyVanessa
1999Supreme SanctionJennaTV movie
1998PleasantvilleConcerned "Colored" GirlUncredited
1998Ground ControlJulie Albrecht
1997Bad to the BoneFrancesca WellsTV movie
1997TinseltownNikki Randall
1997Lover GirlDarlene Ferrari
19978 Heads in a Duffel BagLaurie Bennett
1996Marshal LawLilly NelsonTV movie
1996The PhantomDiana Palmer
1995Higher LearningKristen Connor
1994Getting InKirby Watts
1994The ChaseNatalie Voss
1993The ProgramCamille Shafer
1993The Chili Con Carne ClubJulieShort film
1992Buffy the Vampire SlayerBuffy Summers
1992Highway to HellRachel Clark
1991Hot Shots!Kowalski
1991Mannequin Two: On the MoveJessie
1990Diving InTerry Hopkins
1990Dream TrapSue Halloran
1989Not Quite Human IIErin JeffriesTV movie
1987Flowers in the AtticCathy Dollanganger
1987Not Quite HumanErin JeffriesTV movie
1987JuarezCathy DodgeTV movie
1986Deadly FriendSamantha Pringle
1986Ferris Bueller's Day OffSimone Adamley
1986Mr. BoogedyJennifer DavisTV movie
1986Miracle of the Heart: A Boy's Town StoryStephanie GambleTV movie
1986Pretty in PinkDuckette

Television series

2011-PresentPsychMarlowe Viccellio"This Episode Sucks"

"Let's Doo-Wop It Again"

2010One Tree HillWoman in car"Don't You Forget About Me"
20083WayLeslie Lapdalulu3 episodes
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentLorelei Mailer"Bombshell"
2004CSI: MiamiRoxanne Price"Complications"
2003Just Shoot Me!Allison Cavanaugh"There's Something About Allison"
2000GrapevineSusan Crawford5 episodes
1998-99Early EditionErica Paget20 episodes
1989B.L. StrykerLynn Ellingsworth2 episodes
1989NightingalesBecky Granger13 episodes
1987-88Knots LandingJody Campbell8 episodes
1987Growing PainsRhonda"Thank God It's Friday"
1986ValerieLinda Perkins"The Big Fix-Up"
1986Alfred Hitchcock PresentsFemale Student #2"The Gloating Place"
1985Cagney & LaceyStephanie Brandon"On The Street"
1985Call to GlorySally2 episodes
1984It's Your MoveLaura"Love Letters"

Awards and nominations




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