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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 23, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Profession: actor, professional cheerleader, property manager, video store clerk, aerobics instructor, waitress

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One-time professional cheerleader and childhood beauty pageant contestant, Charisma Carpenter made it big by playing - not surprisingly - a beautiful high school cheerleader. After several years as Cordelia Chase on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB/UPN, 1997-2003), and further exploration of the character on "Angel" (WB, 1999-2004), Carpenter finally left the real "Buffyverse," but did not stray too far away from what made her famous in the first place.

One-time professional cheerleader and childhood beauty pageant contestant, Charisma Carpenter made it big by playing - not surprisingly - a beautiful high school cheerleader. After several years as Cordelia Chase on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (WB/UPN, 1997-2003), and further exploration of the character on "Angel" (WB, 1999-2004), Carpenter finally left the real "Buffyverse," but did not stray too far away from what made her famous in the first place.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mommy's Secret (2016)
2.
 Girl in Woods (2016)
3.
4.
 Haunted High (2012)
5.
 Trusted Man, A (2011)
6.
 House of Bones (2010)
7.
 Psychosis (2010)
8.
 Expendables, The (2010)
9.
 Cheater's Club (2006)
10.
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Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada
1985:
Moved with her family to Mexico at age 15
1991:
Worked as a San Diego Chargers cheerleader
1992:
Moved to L.A.
:
Was "discovered" by a commercial agent while waiting tables in Los Angeles
1994:
Had a guest role on an episode of "Baywatch" (syndicated)
1995:
Guest starred on an episode of "Boy Meets World" (ABC)
1996:
Starred on Aaron Spelling's short-lived "Malibu Shores" (NBC)
1997:
Played Cordelia, a regular on The WB's popular supernatural series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
1999:
Reprised the role of Cordelia opposite David Boreanaz in the spin-off series "Angel" (The WB)
2004:
Recurring role as a psychic demon in the popular witch drama "Charmed" (WB)
2005:
Recurring role as Kendall Casablancas, the trophy-wife stepmother in "Veronica Mars" (UPN)
2010:
Cast opposite Sylvester Stallone in "The Expendables," an 80s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries who attempt to overthrow a South American dictator; film featured a Who's Who of action stars including Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Education

Gorman High School: Las Vegas , Nevada -
Bonita High School: Bonita , California -
School of the Creative and Performing Arts: San Diego , California -
Chula Vista High School: Chula Vista , California - 1988

Notes

Her unusual first name comes from a perfume her mother enjoyed.

In 1991, during a midnight swim in San Diego, Carpenter and two male friends were accosted by a gunman. During a struggle, her two companions were wounded (but not critically). A police officer was ultimately charged and convicted of the crime and was sentenced to more than 50 years in prison. Carpenter declines to discuss the incident. --Reported in PEOPLE, March 8, 1999

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companion:
Damian Hardy. Actor. Born c. 1969; together since 1997; married.

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father:
Don Carpenter. Salesman. Born c. 1943; divorced from Carpenter's mother in 1983; reconciled and remarried; divorced a second time in 1996.
mother:
Chris Carpenter. Bird-sanctuary worker. Born c. 1939; divorced from Carpenter's father in 1983; reconciled and remarried; divorced again in 1996.
son:
Donavan Charles. Born March 24, 2003 in Los Angeles.

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