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Also Known As: Amber Nicole Benson Died:
Born: January 8, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, director

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Pretty blonde performer Amber Benson racked up numerous film and television credits before rising to fame on the popular supernatural series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Benson moved with her family to Los Angeles at age fourteen in 1991. By 1993 she had made the first of three "Jack Reed" TV-movies, "Jack Reed: Badge of Honor", appearing as the daughter of the titular Chicago cop in this NBC entry as well as its 1994 and 1996 follow-ups. 1993 also saw the actress make her big-screen debut with featured roles in the teen thriller "The Crush" and Steven Soderbergh's coming-of-age drama "King of the Hill". Her relatively small but memorable parts in these very different features helped to launch the young performer's career. The following year she was featured in Anthony Drazan's period drama "Imaginary Crimes" and had a pivotal supporting role in the social satire "S.F.W.". Playing determined, pure-hearted and somewhat wise characters seemed to come easy to Benson, who brought a palpable intelligence to her powerful performances. She essayed the charmingly innocent daughter of divorced dad Randy Quaid in "Bye Bye, Love" (1995) and guest starred on an episode of...

Pretty blonde performer Amber Benson racked up numerous film and television credits before rising to fame on the popular supernatural series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Benson moved with her family to Los Angeles at age fourteen in 1991. By 1993 she had made the first of three "Jack Reed" TV-movies, "Jack Reed: Badge of Honor", appearing as the daughter of the titular Chicago cop in this NBC entry as well as its 1994 and 1996 follow-ups. 1993 also saw the actress make her big-screen debut with featured roles in the teen thriller "The Crush" and Steven Soderbergh's coming-of-age drama "King of the Hill". Her relatively small but memorable parts in these very different features helped to launch the young performer's career. The following year she was featured in Anthony Drazan's period drama "Imaginary Crimes" and had a pivotal supporting role in the social satire "S.F.W.". Playing determined, pure-hearted and somewhat wise characters seemed to come easy to Benson, who brought a palpable intelligence to her powerful performances. She essayed the charmingly innocent daughter of divorced dad Randy Quaid in "Bye Bye, Love" (1995) and guest starred on an episode of the Fox series "Partners" the following year.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Drones (2010)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Dust Up (2012)
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 Killing Jar (2010)
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 Gryphon (2007)
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 Kiss the Bride (2007)
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 Holiday Wishes (2006)
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 Intermedio (2005)
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Raised in Birmingham, Alabama
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Lived in Orlando, Florida from ages 12 to 14
1991:
Family relocated to Los Angeles when Benson was fourteen
1993:
Featured in the thriller "The Crush"
1993:
Acted in Steven Soderbergh's "King of the Hill"
1993:
Appeared in NBC TV-movie "Jack Reed: Badge of Honor", playing Nicole, daughter of Brian Dennehey's titular Chicago cop
1994:
Featured in Anthony Drazan's period drama "Imaginary Crimes" and the modern satire "S.F.W."
1994:
Reprised role of Nicole Reed in the NBC TV-movie "Jack Reed: A Search For Justice"
1995:
Played the daughter of Randy Quaid in "Bye Bye, Love"
1996:
Revisited the character of Nicole Reed in "Jack Reed: A Killer Amongst Us"
1998:
Her role as 'Stoned Girl' drastically cut when "Can't Hardly Wait" was re-edited, removing most drug-related content for a PG-13 rating
1999:
Had a recurring role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB) as Tara, the good witch girlfriend of Willow (Alyson Hannigan)
2000:
Acted in the black comedy "The Prime Gig"; after festival screenings, released direct-to-video in 2002
2001:
Released the comic book <i>WannaBlessedBe</i>, co-written with novelist Christopher Golden and based upon her character on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
2001:
"Don's Plum", a feature filmed in 1995-1996, screened at film festivals after a long legal battle between producers and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
2001:
Made a regular on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (UPN)
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Wrote, produced, directed and starred in the dark comedy "Chance" (lensed 2001)
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"Willow and Tara: WannaBlessedBe" Dark Horse Comics

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