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Charisma Carpenter Biography

Birth Place:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Fast Facts

  • Mother named her after the perfume Charisma because she loved the sound of its name
  • Moved to Rosarito, Mexico, with her family at age 15 and commuted each day to the School of the Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, CA, where she majored in dance
  • Joined the San Diego Chargers cheerleading team in 1991
  • Moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and was discovered by an agent while working as a waitress
  • Auditioned for the part of Buffy before landing her breakthrough role as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer


  • Damian Hardy -- Ex-husband
  • Don Carpenter -- Father
  • Chris Carpenter -- Mother
  • Donavan Charles Hardy -- Son