Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Kristy Swanson
Actor & SCV Resident

Santa Clarita resident Kristy Swanson is probably best known for her title role in the original 1992 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" movie.

Born Dec. 19, 1969, in Mission Viejo (as Kristen Nöel Swanson), Kristy started her career at The Actors Workshop and landed advertising roles and television appearances. Her big-screen debut came in 1986 with a non-speaking part in "Pretty in Pink" and a speaking role in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (her first of three films with Charlie Sheen), followed by her first starring film role that same year in Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend."

Life after "Buffy" (which co-starred 1973 CalArts grad Paul Reubens) included both starring and supporting film roles in the 1990s, and occasional TV appearances throughout the next decade. At age 32 she made the cover of Playboy and was featured an 8-page celebrity spread (November 2002).

In 2007 she gave birth to a son, Magnus Hart Swanson, and in 2009 she married his father, Lloyd Eisler, who had been her partner on "Skating with Celebrities" — Fox's answer to ABC's popular "Dancing with the Stars" series.

[Click here] to see Kristy in a 2010 promo for American Legion Post 507, shot at the SCVTV Media Center in Newhall.

"Buffy" trailer:

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