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Summer Glau Biography

Summer Lyn Glau (born July 24, 1981) is a talented ballerina-turned-actress from the United States.

She is best recognized for her portrayal as River Tam in the science fiction and fantasy television series Firefly (2002) and the sequel film Serenity (2005).

Anyone who has seen her films can attest to her talent as an actress.

Summer Glau

Summer Glau: History, Bio, Photo

Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name:Summer Lyn Glau
Stage Name:Summer Glau
Born:24 July 1981 (age 40 years old)
Place of Birth:San Antonio, Texas, United States
Parents:Mari Glau, Mark Glau
Children:Sunny Isabou, Milena Jo Morrison
Height:1.66 m
Siblings:Kaitlin Glau, Christie Glau
Husband • Spouse:Val Morrison (m. 2014)
Boyfriend • Partner:N/A
Occupation:Actress • Dancer
Net Worth:US$4 million

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Early Life

Summer Glau was born on July 24, 1981, in San Antonio, Texas, to parents Mari Glau and Mark Glau.

Her mother was a teacher, while her father was a general contractor.

Summer Glau was home-schooled as a child since she was studying to be a classical ballet dancer at the same time.

Ballet dancing requires a lot of devotion, and traditional ballet dancers train for around 10 years.

Summer Glau eventually developed into a great dancer, was a soloist with her ballet company, and began working with a symphony at the age of 14. Her career as a dancer was tragically cut short.

Ballet is a graceful and powerful dancing form. However, it has been reported to induce hip, foot, knee, and ankle ailments in dancers. Stress fractures and arthritis are also rather prevalent.

Summer Glau’s trouble began with a fractured toe that she would not allow to heal on her own time. For four months, she danced on this toe.

Summer Glau soon got tendinitis in her ankle, preventing her from using her foot at all. Her ballet dancing career came to an end when she was 19 years old.

Summer claims that she worked in commercials and danced the tango for a year to help pay her bills before becoming a great actress.


Summer Glau was homeschooled from grades 3 to 12 to facilitate her ballet studies after receiving a scholarship to a dance company. She also learned tango and flamenco in addition to classical ballet.


Summer Glau left her home in Texas and moved to Los Angeles when her ambitions of becoming a dancer were cut short by injury.

She received her first on-screen role in 2001 on Joss Whedon’s series Angel, after spending two years in L.A. Her first role was as a dancer, which is a nice coincidence.

Summer Glau Filmography

  • Sleepover as Ticket girl (2004)
  • Serenity as River Tam (2005)
  • Mammoth as Jack Abernathy (2006)
  • The Initiation of Sarah as Lindsey Goodwin (2006)
  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse las Kara Zor-El/Supergirl (voice) 2010
  • Deadly Honeymoon as Lindsey Ross Forrest (2010)
  • The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy as Maggie Moon (2011)
  • Help for the Holidays as Christine (2012)
  • Inside the Box as Sophie(2013)
  • Knights of Badassdom as Gwen(2013)
  • Dead End as Franck’s wife & Fugitive (2015)

Television Edit

  • Angel as Prima Ballerina, Episode: “Waiting in the Wings”(2002)
  • Firefly as River Tam, 14 episodes (2002–2003)
  • Cold Case as Paige Pratt Episode: “Love Conquers Al”(2003)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mandy Cooper Episode: “What’s Eating Gilbert Grissom?”(2004)
  • The 4400 Tess Doerner 8 episodes (2005–2007)
  • The Unit Crystal Burns 7 episodes (2006–2007)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as Cameron / Allison Young 31 episodes (as Cameron),(2008–2009) 2 episodes (as Allison Young)
  • The Big Bang Theory as Herself Episode: “The Terminator Decoupling” (2009)
  • Dollhouse Bennett Halverson 4 episodes(2009–2010)
  • Chuck Greta Episode: “Chuck Versus the Fear of Death”(2010)
  • The Cape as Jamie Fleming / Orwell 10 episodes (2011)
  • Alphas as Skylar Adams 4 episodes (2011–2012)
  • Grey’s Anatomy as Nurse Emily Kovach 2 episodes
  • Scent of the Missing Sedona Pilot
  • Hawaii Five as 0 Maggie Hoapili Episode: “Kekoa”(2013)
  • NTSF:SD:SUV:: Olivia Frampton Episode: “Comic-Con Air”(2013)
  • Arrow as Isabel Rochev/Ravager 9 episodes(2013–2014)
  • Peter Panzerfaust as Wendy (voice) (2014)
  • Sequestered as Anna Brandt 12 episodes
  • Castle as Kendall Frost Episode: “The G.D.S.”(2016)
  • Wu Assassins Miss Jones (The Water Wu) 2 episodes (2019)

Online Media

  • R. Tam sessions River as Tam 5 short videos(2005)
  • Ctrl Alt Destroy as Narrator and all characters Literary RPG podcast(2021)

Awards & Nominations

  • 2005, SFX Award won the Best Actress for her role in Serenity
  • 2006, SyFy Genre Awards Nominated for Best Actress/Movie for her role in Serenity
  • 2006, Saturn Award Best won Supporting Actress for Serenity
  • 2008, Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Won (tied with Elizabeth Mitchell)
  • 2008, Scream Award Best Actress in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicle was Nominated
  • 2008, Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was Nominated
  • 2008, Teen Choice Award Choice TV Breakout Female Star Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was Nominated
  • 2009, Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was Nominated
  • 2009, Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Action Adventure Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was nominated.

Summer Glau Social Media

The actress, Summer Glau has a good number of followers on Twitter and Instagram and lots of fan pages.

  • Summer Glau (@SummerLGlau) / Twitter
  • Summer Glau (@glausummer) • Instagram photos and videos

Personal Life

Summer Glau and Val Morrison have been married since 2014. Milena Jo Morrison, the actress’s first child, was born in 2015. Sunny Isabou, their second daughter, was born in October 2017.

Summer Glau has been absent from the screen for some time, but she appears to be making a comeback. Hopefully, she’ll be back on the big screen soon, cementing her reputation as a terrific martial artist and movie star.

Summer Glau Net Worth

Summer Glau, a dancer-turned-actor, is a wealthy woman. Her enormous net worth is reported to be in the millions of dollars.

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