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Kirsten Vangsness (1972)

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Kirsten Simone Vangsness is an American actress. She graduated from Cerritos High School in Cerritos, California in June 1990. She is currently appearing on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia. She also portrayed the same character on the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,.


 early life
Vangsness was born in Pasadena, CA to parents Errol Leroy Vangsness and wife Barbara Mary, née Marconi . Her father is of Norwegian descent with roots in Gol and Sogn.

She got her first big break in the theater 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. She is also a writer, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

 personal life
Vangsness describes herself as "queer as purple unicorn singing Madonna". Her fiancée is film editor Melanie Goldstein, who Vansgness began dating in 2006, and whose credits include the television series 24. They intend to marry in 2013 "regardless whether it's legal or not by then".

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