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Kristy Swanson is an actress who portrayed Buffy Summers in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film.


Swanson started in TV advertising roles and went on to make 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. The next year, she played Cathy in the adaptation of Flowers in the Attic.

By 1990, Swanson had made many television appearances, including multiple appearances in Knots Landing, her first starring role in a series in Nightingales, and a short-lived Burt Reynolds vehicle called B.L. Stryker.

Throughout the 90s, Swanson centered mostly in films. She played the title role in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was a box office bomb but had a profitable rental life. She appeared in both starring and supporting roles in movies such as Hot Shots!, The Program, The Chase, and Higher Learning. She also appeared in the film adaptation of the comic book The Phantom and the black comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag. Most of these films failed at the box office, and she reverted to TV work in the late 90s.

In the 1998-1999 season of Early Edition, Swanson played Erica Paget, a love interest of the main character Gary Hobson. In 1999, she played Vanessa, the girlfriend of Adam Sandler in the movie Big Daddy. In 2000, she returned to TV as the star of Grapevine, a revamp of a 1992 TV series, but it was cancelled after 5 episodes.

Swanson posed nude for Playboy magazine in November 2002. She appeared in and won the 2006 FOX television program Skating with Celebrities, partnered with Lloyd Eisler.

In 2007, Swanson appeared in the NBC Law and Order: Criminal Intent episode "Bombshell," in which she portrayed a thinly veiled fictionalization of Anna Nicole Smith (called Lorelei Mailer). That same year, she became a spokesperson of the Medifast diet. In 2008, she guest-starred in 3 episodes of the lesbian web series 3Way.

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Swanson starred as Buffy in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, also portraying the Barmaid Slayer and the Dark Ages Slayer in Buffy's dreams.

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