Charisma Carpenter is a female TV show actress best known for her role(s) as Cordelia Chase in the "cult" TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, more recently, the Buffy spinoff Angel. I would not hesitate to classify her as a babe, but that would be subjective. Let's just say she is considered attractive:
While this is hardly conclusive evidence, I found that
happen to give her exactly the same ratings as the highly paid Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Charisma was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 23, 1970. With an early interest in the performing arts, she was practicing classical ballet at the age of 5. Her family moved to Mexico when she was 15, but she undertook regular one-hour commutes to attend the School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego. After graduating from high school, she jobbed as a video store clerk, aerobics instructor and as a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers. Later, she waitressed in Mirabelle Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. Although she was saving up to go to school and become an English teacher, she was discovered, attended the Playhouse West acting school, and appeared in about 20 commercials while attending school. In 1995, she had a guest appearance in Baywatch, later followed by parts in Malibu Shores, Pacific Blue and Boy Meets World. Then, in 1997, she tried out for the part of Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but was picked for the part of Cordelia. Three years later, she went on to play the same role in Angel.
One source4 claims that the reason for her unusual first name is that her mother named her after a brand of perfume.
According to AskMen5, Charisma is very personable, and was much better liked on the set than Sarah Michelle Gellar, the star of Buffy. She looks very at home in campy, B-movie roles but could make a great movie seductress. Her career is still just beginning and it is hoped that she will diversify to make her career more lasting. Just as in Buffy and Angel, Charisma values a sharp, stylish appearance, which makes her one of the best-dressed Hollywood stars.