Kristine Sutherland is the actress who portrayed Joyce Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. 

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Sutherland was born Kristine Young, but changed her name after being confused with similarly named actresses. The last name was inspired by the actor Donald Sutherland. She was born in Idaho, but attended the Tates Creek Drama Program in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating, she enrolled in the University of Kentucky. 

Sutherland's early work includes a secretarial role in the 1986 comedy thriller Legal Eagles costarring Christian Clemenson.

In 1997, she auditioned for the role of Joyce Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Creator Joss Whedon has said that she was given the role due to the warm demeanor she exuded as well as looking very similar to Sarah Michelle Gellar,[citation needed] who would portray her daughter in the series. She appeared as a series regular until season 5, returning for 3 guest appearances: one in season 6 and two in season 7. 

After leaving Buffy, Sutherland opted to take up still photography attending Santa Monica College; opening her own studio which focused on portraiture.

Sutherland is married to the actor John Pankow, with whom she has one daughter.

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