Kristine Sutherland (born Kristine Young on April 17, 1955 in Boise, Idaho) is an actress best known for her role as Buffy Summers' mother Joyce Summers on the television show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. She was born Kristine Young, and changed her name because she was often confused with another similarly named actress. The last name 'Sutherland' was after her cat, whom she named 'Donald' after Donald Sutherland, who, coincidentally, had a role in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, Joss Whedon's first attempt to bring Buffy to audiences. She attended high school in Lexington, Kentucky, where she participated in the Tates Creek Drama program. After graduating, she enrolled in the University of Kentucky.
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