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Summer Glau

Summer Glau is an American dancer and actress, best known for her role as River Tam in the short-lived science fiction series Firefly and follow-up movie Serenity. She now appears on the Fox network TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as Cameron Phillips. Summer Lyn Glau was born in San Antonio, Texas. Her father is a general contractor and her mother is a schoolteacher.
Even though she grew up close to the Mexican border, she’s not of Latin origins. Her ancestors were German, Irish and Scottish. Glau was classically trained as a prima ballerina and also studied tango and flamenco. A professional dancer since age 12, she was a soloist with her company and had been working with the symphony since she was 14. Feeling acting was the right fit for her, at 19, she made the decision to move to L.A. and began working steadily as an actor.