Lee Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress, perhaps
best known for playing Willow Rosenberg on the television series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as for portraying quirky characters
in the American Pie film series and the CBS sitcom How I Met Your
Alyson Hannigan, a natural redhead, was born in Washington, D.C.
to Albert Hannigan, an Irish American truck driver, and Emilie Posner,
a Jewish American real estate agent. Her parents divorced a year
after her birth and she was raised mostly by her mother in Atlanta.
Although Alyson Hannigan had appeared in an industrial film for
"Active Parenting" as a baby, as well as starred in a
commercial for the "Duncan Hines cookie mix" in 1978,
it wasn't until she moved to Los Angeles, California in 1985 that
she formally began her acting career. Living with her mother and
attending North Hollywood High School, she successfully auditioned
for agents while visiting her father in Santa Barbara.
Alyson Hannigan's first major film role was in My Stepmother Is
an Alien, a science fiction comedy released in 1988; one of her
co-stars in the film was actor Seth Green, who would later join
her in the regular cast of Buffy as her on-screen boyfriend. Throughout
most of the early 1990s, she appeared in commercials and supporting
roles on television shows, including Picket Fences, Roseanne and
Touched by an Angel.
In 1997, Alyson Hannigan was cast to play Willow Rosenberg, Buffy's
best friend, on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The show became a big success and Alyson Hannigan gained recognition,
subsequently appearing in several notable films aimed at teenage
audiences, including American Pie, Boys and Girls, and American
Wedding. By the time "Buffy" had ended in 2003, Alyson
Hannigan was earning a $250,000 salary for each episode. She also
portrayed reprised her role of Willow in a few episodes (including
most notably "Orpheus") of the Buffy spin-off, Angel,
but none after Buffy finished production.
In early 2004, Alyson Hannigan made her West End debut, starring
in a stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally... at the Theatre
Royal Haymarket, opposite Luke Perry. In 2005, she returned to starring
in a regular television series, appearing in the currently-running
show, How I Met Your Mother, and also playing a recurring guest
role on Veronica Mars.
In February 2006, Date Movie, in which Alyson Hannigan stars as
a character meant to be a parody on romantic comedy heroines, was
released in theaters.
Alyson Hannigan owns a home in Sacramento, California. She married
actor Alexis Denisof (who played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the Buffy
franchise) on 11 October 2003. She had previously dated actor Steven
Sutphen and Ginger Fish, a drummer for Marilyn Manson.
Alyson Hannigan has been incorrectly rumored to have created a
sex tape; the person in the tape is not her, but rather actress
2006 Date Movie as Julia Jones
2003 American Wedding as Michelle Flaherty
2001 American Pie 2 as Michelle Flaherty
1999 American Pie as Michelle Flaherty
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien as Jessie Mills
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