On this day in Alabama history: Actress Amber Nicole Benson was born

On this day in Alabama history: Actress Amber Nicole Benson was born
Actress Amber Benson arrives at the Film Independent's Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach on Feb. 23, 2008. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

January 8, 1977

Actress and writer Amber Benson is best known for playing “Tara” for three seasons of the hit television show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” She remains connected to her fan base by making convention appearances and writing for the show’s comic book series. Benson, born on this day in Birmingham, debuted her stage talents at the age of 6 as a dancer in the Alabama Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” She was also cast in several productions of the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. As a teen, she moved to Orlando and then Los Angeles with parents, Herb and Diane Benson, to pursue an acting career. Those efforts proved fruitful as she’s appeared in commercials and wrote, produced, directed and starred in an independent film “Chance.” She continues to use her writing and directing talents for television, movie and online projects.

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