July 7, 1972
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Partner(s) Melanie Goldstein
Kirsten Simone Vangsness (born July 7, 1972) is an American actress and writer. She currently stars as [1 ] FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series . She portrayed the same character on the Criminal Minds spin-off series . Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior [2 ]
Early life [ edit ]
Vangsness was born in
Pasadena, California, the daughter of Errol Leroy Vangsness (born 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and his wife Barbara Mary (née Marconi; born 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Her paternal great-grandparents were Norwegian, with ancestry from [3 ] Bergen, Gol, and Oslo. She was raised in [4 ] Porterville, California, and later moved to Cerritos, California. She graduated from Cerritos High School in June 1990 and attended Cypress College. She later graduated from [5 ] California State University, Fullerton in June 1995.
Vangsness got her first big break in the theatre, where she won several awards, including the 15 Minutes of Female Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress, and the Golden Betty Award.
Writing [ edit ]
Vangsness' work has been published in the
. Vangsness in 2014 co-wrote an episode of Los Angeles Times Criminal Minds named "Nelson's Sparrow"
Personal life [ edit ]
Vangsness says that she is "as
queer as a purple unicorn singing Madonna". She began dating film and television editor Melanie Goldstein in 2006. [6 ] [7 ] [8 ] They were engaged, but separated in 2013. [9 ]
In April 2015, she revealed on smashinginterviews.com that she had entered into a relationship with a new boyfriend and was examining that aspect of her sexuality.
Filmography [ edit ]
Sometimes Santa's Gotta Get Whacked Tooth Fairy
Tranny McGuyver TV News Reporter
Scream of the Bikini Interior Decorator
In My Sleep Madge
Sarina's Song Party Guest
Chicago 8, The The Chicago 8 Sketch Artist
Remember to Breathe Vocals for Young Alice
Kill Me, Deadly Mona Livingston
Television [ edit ]
Phil of the Future Veronica
Episode: "Age Before Beauty"
LAX Ticket Agent / Stephanie
Penelope Garcia Recurring; Series regular
Vampire Mob Laura Anderson
Pretty the Series Meredith Champagne
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Penelope Garcia
Second City This Week Herself
Good Job, Thanks! Therapist
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