Kristy Swanson is a brilliant American actress who rose to fame after her remarkable performance as the lead character in the movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before then, she had gone mainstream but only came to popularity after the cult film. Swanson went into acting at a very young age and has continued to work hard to prove her significance in the American movie industry. It will be interesting to find out more facts about the talented actress. Here is everything you need to know about her.
Kristy Swanson Biography (Age)
The actress first came into this world on the 19th day of December 1969 and was born in Mission Viejo, California. Her parents are Robert and Rosemary Swanson. Growing up in Mission Viejo, she was always inclined to act and did lots of school drama while attending El Toro High School. However, at the age of 13, she left school to pursue a career in acting after getting her parents’ consent. As a way of supporting their daughter, the Swansons home-schooled her while she ventured into the acting field.
Kristy Swanson started out her career by appearing on TV adverts. Her first was in a dollhouse commercial. More and more followed and before she was 14 she had appeared in over 30 TV adverts. She made her big-screen debut in 1986 when she appeared in the film, Pretty in Pink. Swanson immediately followed it up with another role in the film, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. Although she made her debut in the 1986 movie; Kristy got her first starring role in the film, Deadly Friend where she played the character, Samantha.
Swanson continued to appear in several other movies while she sought bigger roles. She made her first appearance on TV series when she starred in the 1987 soap opera, Knots Landing. She got her breakthrough in the early ’90s while appearing in the movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1992. Kristy went on to make appearances in The Program (1993) and The Chase (1994) before landing another notable role in the 1995 film, Higher Learning. Series were not excluded in her 90s stint, the talented actress appeared in the series, Early Edition, playing the character of Erica Paget, the love interest of the lead character from 1998 to 1999.
She ended the ’90s with her role as Vanessa in the 1999 movie Big Daddy. The 2000s have been quite busy for the actress. Kristy Swanson has gone further to make appearances in TV shows and tons of movies. The actress participated and emerged as the winner in the reality show, ‘Skating With Celebrities’ which aired on Fox in 2006. It has been an interesting journey for Kristy who continues to soar to greater heights.
Her Net Worth
Kristy Swanson may not be the richest in the industry but sure has enough to show for her long hectic years as an actress. According to various sources, her financial value is currently estimated at $5 million. Apart from her movies and TV series, Swanson also has other sources of income. In 2014 she launched a clothing line for women’s golf wears – aDRESSitGOLF. Kristy also posed nude for the popular ‘Playboy’ magazine in 2002.
Family: Parents, Siblings, and Husband
As earlier mentioned, Kristy was born to Robert and Rosemary Swanson, her biological parents. Her parents worked in the academic field as teachers of physical education. An uncle of hers also taught English and journalism in Anaheim, California.
It must have been their educational inclination that encouraged them to consent to their daughter’s decision to quit school. Swanson was taught at home while she sought for roles and featured in tons of TV commercials at her tender age. The actress has an older brother named Robert Swanson Jr. Robert established himself as a heavy metal music artist.
Kristy Swanson’s name has popped up tons of times in the media with respect to her rather too engaging personal life. It all started in 1986 when the actress who was 17 at the time, got involved with popular actor Alan Thicke who was 40. Their relationship caught the attention of the media and the general public with many bemoaning the gigantic age gap between them. Kristy and Thicke continued dating each other and even became engaged two years later. However, shortly after their engagement, they split and it was quite pleasing to many.
During her time on Skating With Celebrities in 2006, Swanson started dating her partner, Lloyd Elser while he was still married to his wife, Marcia O’Brien. Their extramarital affair again caught the attention of the media. Eisler and Marcia soon got divorced and Swanson filled the space. Only a month after the divorce, Eisler, and Swanson welcomed a son, Magnus Hart Swanson Eisler in February 2007.