The name Panabaker is one that resonates well enough in the American film industry. There are two sisters who made it so, but while one is currently active as an actress, the other has for long left the industry in pursuit of another career. Here, you will learn about the two celebrities: Danielle Panabaker and the younger Kay Panabaker, their background and family life, how they began their careers, what films they starred in individually and jointly in addition to other facts we gathered about their personalities.
Kay Panabaker Bio
Kay (Stephanie Kay Panabaker) was born on the 2nd of May 1990 to Donna (née Mayock) and Harold Panabaker. Her birthplace is Orange, Texas and she is the younger sister of Danielle Panabaker. The two sisters were raised by their parents and as a result of their father’s job as a salesman, they were frequently on the move from one location to the other.
Kay Panabaker attended Crone Middle School in Naperville, Illinois up to 6th grade before her family relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2003 so she and her sister can secure acting roles. Just like her sister, she was discovered to have a knack for acting when she was a little girl. The sisters started with performances in community theatres before they moved to the big screen.
While pursuing her acting career by the side, Stephanie graduated from high school as a valedictorian when she was about 13 years old. Afterward, she enrolled at Glendale Community College where she had two academic scholarships at hand. At the college, Kay studied acting and after 2 years, she graduated with an associate degree and honors as a 15-year-old. Afterward, she enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she got a Bachelor of Arts in history after three years.
Kay Panabaker began her acting career earlier than her sister, she got off on a good note with a voice role in Monster Inc, a Pixar Animation Studios computer-animated comedy film which also starred Billy Crystal, John Ratzenberger, John Goodman, and many others. The film which was made with a budget of $115 million returned $577.4 million at the Box office and was both critically and commercially successful.
After her first acting work, Kay made many appearances on various television series in 2002 including ER, 7th Heaven, and Angel which ran till 2003. She also starred in the Dead Heat (2002) where she played the character of Samantha “Sam” LaRoche. She got more roles in 2003 in works like The Division and The Brothers García then came Summerland, and Phil of the Future which both ran from 2004-2005.
Kay starred in an uncredited role in Mom at Sixteen (2005), portrayed the character of Elisha in Medium (2005), Lindsey Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006-2011), Emma Anderson in Grey’s Anatomy (2008), Aysnley Skoff in Mental before she recorded her last television work as Victoria “Vicki” Harris in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2011). Her last film works were the character of Allison in Little Birds and her voice role (Rosa) in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! both in 2012.
Looking at the years which she had her last acting gig, you might get curious to know what she has been doing since then. Well, she is reportedly working as a zookeeper and from all indications, Kay Panabaker is doing pretty well in her new career.
Family Life: Who is Her Sister – Danielle Panabaker
Danielle Panabaker (Daniella Nicole Panabaker) is the elder sister of Kay Panabaker. She was born on the 19th of May 1987. Nicole studied at Crone Middle School and then Neuqua Valley High School, before enrolling at Glendale Community College where she studied acting, graduating in 2005. The following year, she went to UCLA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in June 2007.
The two sisters were raised up by their parents who encouraged their interest in acting. The highlights of their young family life were characterized by their frequent relocation from one place to the other as a result of their father’s sales job.
Daniella discovered her love for acting after she attended a theatre summer acting camp. She was personally thrilled with her ability to blend into various characters in the camp and thereafter, she decided to pursue as a career. She had her first professional acting job in the television series Family Affair where she played the character Parker LeeAnn Aldays in the episode: “Ballroom Blitz.”
Since then, she has added more works to her acting portfolio which include Searching for David’s Heart (2004), The Ward (2010), Necessary Roughness (2011-2013), This Isn’t Funny (2015), Supergirl (2017-2018) and many others.