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Kristen Noel “Kristy” Swanson is an American actress who is best known for her roles as Buffy Summers in the cult film “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Rebecca “Becky” Granger in the telefilm “Nightingales” and the short-lived NBC series of the same name, Erica Paget in CBS drama “Early Edition,” and Marlowe Viccellio in ‘Psych.’ Swanson, a native of California, has been interested in performing since she was a child. She began her career in advertising, when she appeared in a number of advertisements. In 1984, she made her television debut in an episode of NBC’s sitcom “It’s Your Move.” Two years later, in 1986, she made her big screen debut in the romantic comedy ‘Pretty in Pink.’ Swan, who is known for her blonde hair, lisp, and breathless voice, has transitioned to supporting roles in recent years. For ‘Flowers in the Attic,’ she won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Horror or Mystery Motion Picture in 1989.

Childhood and Adolescence

Kristy Swanson is one of Robert and Rosemary Swanson’s two children, born on December 19, 1969 in Mission Viejo, California. Her mother and father are both former physical education teachers. They have two sons, one named Rob and the other named Kristy.

She started interested in performing when she was nine years old and told her parents about it. She then began to appear in commercials on television. Her first modeling job as a child was in a commercial for a specific brand of doll houses.

She appeared in a number of ad campaigns throughout the next few years. Because of her job schedule, she was unable to attend school by the time she was thirteen. Swanson graduated from El Toro High School with a high school diploma.

Career of Kristy Swanson

In 1984, Kristy Swanson made her acting debut in an episode of ‘It’s Your Move’ from season one. She received her first big screen part two years later in John Hughes’ ‘Pretty in Pink.’ Despite the fact that she had no lines in the picture, she left an indelible impression on the audience. In ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ she collaborated with Hughes once more.

‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is one of three films in which she appeared alongside Charlie Sheen, the other two being ‘Hot Shots!’ (1991) and ‘The Chase’ (1993). (1994). She played Becky in the 1988 television movie ‘Nightingales,’ as well as the NBC medical drama series of the same name.

Swanson played Erica Paget, a romantic interest of the protagonist, Gary Hobson, in season three of CBS’ supernatural drama ‘Early Edition’ (Kyle Chandler).

She was photographed naked on the cover of Playboy magazine in November 2002. She won the celebrity reality show ‘Skating with Celebrities’ on Fox in 2006. She appeared in six episodes of USA Network’s detective comedy-drama ‘Psych’ between 2011 and 2014 as Marlowe Viccellio, detective Carlton Lassiter’s girlfriend and eventual wife.
She appeared in two TV movies in 2018: ‘Bad Stepmother’ and ‘Winter’s Dream,’ as well as a feature film called ‘Killer Under the Bed.’ She’ll be seen in the drama ‘A Parent’s Worst Nightmare’ as well as the science fiction thriller ‘Jessica Frost.’

Major Projects of Kristy Swanson

Kristy Swanson starred as Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the comedic horror film ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in 1992. The film, directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui and written by Joss Whedon, was a small box office success despite generally unfavorable reviews from reviewers. However, it has since become a cult classic, owing to Whedon’s subsequent development of a highly popular television series of the same name.

Swanson’s performance as Kristen Connor in John Singleton’s directorial debut, ‘Higher Learning,’ received acclaim. In the microcosmic setting of a fake university named Columbus University, the film deals with the racial difficulties that have plagued the United States from its beginnings. Swanson is joined by Omar Epps, Ice Cube, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly, and Laurence Fishburne in the film.

Personal & Family Life

Kristy Swanson has previously been linked to actor Alan Thicke, who is 23 years her senior. They started dating when she was 17 and became engaged when she was 19. They never went through with the wedding, though, and subsequently split up.

Swanson had an affair with her partner, Canadian pair skater Lloyd Eisler, while she was a contestant on ‘Skating with Celebrities.’ Eisler was still married to, but separated from, his pregnant wife Marcia O’Brien at the time.
Magnus Hart Swanson Eisler, Eisler’s and Swanson’s son, was born on February 16, 2007, a month after Eisler divorced O’Brien. On February 7, 2009, the pair tied the knot.

Estimated Net Worth

There is no information about her earnings or compensation. According to sources, her net worth is estimated to be approximately $5 million.