Jan. 8th, 1977
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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Amber Benson was born on January 8, 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a young girl, she studied singing, dancing as well as acting. While still in her teens, she was involved in productions at the local community theatre. Her family moved to Los Angeles soon afterwards in 1992 so she could pursue a career in acting.
Her first movie role was a minor part in King of the Hill (1993), where she played a good-natured, epileptic teenager and hotel resident which was set in 1930s Depression-era Indiana, which was immediately followed by another supporting part of Cheyenne, the best friend of Alicia Silverstone in The Crush (1993). A string of roles followed with her acting in three made-for-TV "Jack Reed" detective movies playing the daughter of the title detective as well as other minor and bit parts in Imaginary Crimes (1994), S.F.W. (1994) and Bye Bye Love (1995).
She's also acted in a number of independent film productions and film shorts including Take It Easy (1999), Deadtime (1999), Don's Plum (2001), Hollywood, Pennsylvania (2001). But Amber is probably best known for playing Tara, the shy, withdrawn witch and love interest of Willow for three seasons on the series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) from early 2000 to 2002.
Amber has also tried her talent at writing and directing, starting in 2001 with the little-seen independent comedy-drama Chance (2002), where she played the title character. She has also wrote various stage plays as well as the scripts for other independent movie productions like The Theory of the Leisure Class (2001) and Ghosts of Albion: Legacy (2003) (TV).
- Had a mixed Christian and Jewish upbringing.
- Parents are Ed and Diane Benson. Her younger sister, Danielle, is an artist.
- Has a three-book deal with Penguin Publishing. Her first original novel has been announced as "Death's Daughter," the story of a young career woman in New York who finds out her dad is actually the angel of death.
- Wrote a comic book based on the characters of Willow and Tara as part of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books series.
- 'Joss Whedon' (qv) originally wanted to resurrect Amber's character, Tara, in the series finale of _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv). Buffy was to be given one wish, which she would agonize over for the entire episode. Finally, she would step aside to reveal Tara for the final shot.
- Has had roles in movies with actors whom she would later join on the cast of _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv): 'Lindsay Crouse' (qv) and 'Eliza Dushku' (qv) in _Bye Bye Love (1995)_ (qv) and 'Seth Green' (qv) in _Can't Hardly Wait (1998)_ (qv).
- She is most proud of her work in the film _King of the Hill (1993)_ (qv), her appearances as 'Tara' on _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv) and her own movie project _Chance (2002)_ (qv).
- Amber was to return to "Buffy" in the 7th season, (following Tara's death) playing a being posing as Tara Maclay. However, negotiations with the show fell through. Her decision not to return was at least in part because creator 'Joss Whedon' (qv) wanted her to play a villain masquerading as her slain character, Tara. Knowing how Tara's death had upset so many of her fans, Amber did not want to further traumatize them by having the character seemingly return from the grave, but being evil. The character was retooled and the role went to 'Azura Skye' (qv) reprising her role of Cassie Newton instead.