Kristen Nel '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. Swanson was born in Mission Viejo, California, the daughter of physical education teachers Robert and Rosemary Swanson. 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.
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