Summer Glau

 

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24 July 1981
 

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Biography

American dancer and actress Summer Glau was born on July 24, 1981 in San Antonio, Texas. She started her screen career as a professional dancer, being a classically-trained ballerina, as well as being trained in tango and flamenco. These talents gave her roles in several television commercials. Her screen debut came in 2002, when she starred as a ballerina in one episode of Angel. Here she caught the attention of director Joss Whedon, who gave her a role in the science fiction series Firefly.

Glau played the role of River Tam, the highly intelligent sister of medical researcher Simon Tam (Sean Maher). She was sent to a government learning facility, The Academy, which was believed to be a place for her to nurture her intellectual talents; however, it was a government experiment to create the perfect assassin, and River left with the inability to control her emotions, as well as delusions, paranoia and insanity. The short-lived series saw her in a journey of self-discovery. When the series was cancelled, fan clamor led to the production of the film Serenity, which saw Glau reprise the role—River is now considered a fugitive by the Alliance, and is seen as a strong, intelligent fighter.

Glau’s other major television roles include one on The Unit, where she played Jeremy Erhart’s (Daniel Wisler) girlfriend Crystal Burns; and in The 4400, as the paranoid schizophrenic Tess Doerner. She then took on a major role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where she plays a new kind of Terminator, only known as Cameron Phillips. Assigned to protect John Connor (Thomas Dekker), her type has an improved ability to mimic human emotions and behaviors, and is also the first type of Terminator to be able to eat human food. In 2008, Glau won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for this performance. In 2010, she was cast as investigative blogger Orwell on the NBC series The Cape.
 

Biography

Summer Glau was born Summer Lyn Glau on July 24, 1981 in San Antonio, Texas. Glau is a prima ballerina who got her acting start in television commercials and as the ballerina in an episode of the vampire show, Angel . She has since been cast in another Joss Whedon series, Firefly, and its ensuing film, Serenity. Glau has also appeared in other television shows like Cold Case , CSI , The Unit and The 4400 .

River Tam, played by Summer Glau on Firefly, is the gifted but tormented younger sister of Dr. Simon Tam. She endured years of Alliance experiments until Simon rescued her and brought her along on the Serenity. She possesses psychic capabilities and the ability to read most minds, as well as great skill with weapons and the martial arts.



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San Antonio, Texas, USA
 

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Summer Lyn Glau
 

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Summer Glau
 

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>>>Right handed, but lefty as a dancer
>>>If she could be any animal she would be a pony
 

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Saturn Award: Best Supporting Actress
for: Serenity (2005)

SFX Award Best Actress
for: Serenity (2005)

34th Saturn Awards: Best Supporting Television Actress
for: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
 

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