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Born is Las Vegas on July 23,
1970, this distinctive galís star quality was revealed at an early age.
She began her classical dance training at age five and was entertinaing
in Vegas hotels by nine. Charisma believed in experiencing everything life
had to offer: "Living my life to the fullest meant performing in local
lounge shows, attending a special high school for the performing arts in
San Diego [an hour away from home], and of course, riding motorcycles with
Charismaís spunk sometimes
got her in trouble. Spurred on by a cousin, Charisma once took her dadís
Corvette out for a spin. "I ended up driving dadís pride and joy all around
town. Then when we were heading back, we were going down this hill...and
mom and dad were coming up in their car. Dad saw us, jumped out and came
running straight at us like, ĎGet outta the car!' I tried to put it into
park but it hadnít quite stopped and made this horrible crunching noise.
I took a whuppiní for that."
Charismaís family moved a
lot [she went to three different high schools], so she was always the new
girl trying to make friends. Sometimes her style didnít mesh with other
students. "My mom owned a retail store, so I had these hot satin pants.
I was like Satan at my all-Christian school."
Like her character on Buffy,
Charisma once dated a guy in high school who wasnít very popular. "He kept
to himself and had that brooding smart thing going on. My friends didnít
give me a hard time, but I think they were surprised by my choice." Looks
like she had some real-life experience to draw from when developing Cordeliaís
relationship with Xander. Charisma and Cordelia both date whomever they
Now, a few years down the
road from high school, Charisma still stands out and does what she wants.
She loves adventurous sports like rock climbing, horseback riding, rollerblading,
hiking and even sky diving.