Currently appearing on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia. Kirsten Vangsness, originally of Norwegian ancestry, got her first big break in the theater where she won several awards, including the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Emerging Comic Actress and the Golden Betty Award. She is also an acclaimed writer, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Kirsten is currently appearing in Bill Robens' Kill Me, Deadly.Her fiancee is film editor Melanie Goldstein, who currently works on 24., the pair are set to be wed this spring.
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