Summer Lyn Glau was born on July 24, 1981, is an American actress & dancer, known for playing River Tam in the science fiction series Firefly & follow-up movie Serenity, & for playing Cameron in the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Glau was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up w/ her two younger sisters. She is of Scots-Irish & German descent. Her mother is a schoolteacher and her father a general contractor. Glau obtained a scholarship to a ballet company & was home-schooled from grades 3 to 12 to accommodate her ballet training. Glau was classically took as a ballet dancer and also studied tango and flamenco. After a serious ankle injury ended her dancing career, Glau later moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue a more active acting career.
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Glau played the role of Cameron Phillips, a Terminator infiltration unit sent back to protect John Connor & Sarah Connor from Skynet. The seventh episode of the series, “The Demon Hand”, included several scenes in which Glau (in character as Cameron) dances ballet. Glau also guest starred as herself in the 2009 episode “The Terminator Decoupling” from the second season of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory.
On August 26, 2009, it was affirmed after much speculation that Glau would be joining the cast of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse for at least two episodes in the early part of the show’s 2nd season. She portrayed Bennett, the programmer for a rival Dollhouse. On March 12, 2010, it was announced that she would be joining the cast of NBC’s The Cape in a leading role. In June 2010 was affirmed as the female lead in the black comedy flick The Knights of Badassdom. Glau will voice Kara Zor-El in the DC Comics original animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. She will reprise the role of Supergirl for the video game DC Universe Online. Summer Glau has been involved in a number of charities, such as B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre where she autographed several teddy bears to be sold on eBay to help raise money for the Hospital. Glau is an animal lover & has shown support to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, where she hand-painted a decorative pet bowl that was later sold on eBay to raise funds. She was also a vegetarian from 1995 to 2005. Glau has took in multiple forms of martial arts, including kung fu & kickboxing.
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