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Sarah Michelle Gellar
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Gellar at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Born
Sarah Michelle Gellar

April 14, 1977 (1977-04-14) (age 43)
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s)
Children 2

Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress. After several television acting roles during the 1990s, Gellar became famous for playing Buffy Summers in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After Buffy, she started acting in movies. She has starred in the family movies Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), the movie Harvard Man (2001), and the horror movies The Return (2006), The Grudge 2 (2006), The Grudge (2004) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). She won an award for her part in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions.

Early life

Gellar was born in New York City. She is the only child of Rosellen Greenfield and Arthur Gellar. Both of her parents were Jewish, but Gellar's family had a Christmas tree during the holidays while she was growing up. In 1984, her parents divorced. She was raised by her mother on New York's Upper East Side. Gellar and her father did not have a good relationship from this time until his death from liver cancer on October 9, 2001. She went to school at New York's Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School and the Professional Children's School. Gellar was a very good student and was a good figure skater. Her best friend was Melissa Joan Hart. Several years later, Hart was the star of the series Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Television career

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Sarah Michelle Gellar at the 2004 Dubai International Film Festival.

At the age of four, Gellar was seen by an talent agent in a restaurant in Uptown Manhattan. Two weeks later, she auditioned for a part in An Invasion Of Privacy, a movie made for television. The movie starred Valerie Harper, Carol Kane and Jeff Daniels. At the audition, Gellar read the lines for both her own character and Harper's character. The directors thought this was very impressive and she got the job. A short while later, she got a part in a television commercial for the fast food restaurant Burger King. In it, she said bad things about McDonald's and said she only ate at Burger King. Gellar made other commercials while doing other acting job. Some of these jobs were playing Emily in an episode of the TV series Spenser: For Hire, appearing in a small role in the Chevy Chase comedy movie Funny Farm and in the movie High Stakes. She was also in Europe working on the TV series Crossbow. In 1991, she played a young Jacqueline Bouvier in A Woman Named Jackie.

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Gellar in 2007 by David Shankbone

Gellar's major break came in 1992. She starred in the teen soap opera Swan's Crossing. After that, she got a part in another soap opera, All My Children. She playing the character Kendall Hart, the long-lost daughter of character Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). In 1995, at the age of eighteen, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Kendall Hart.

Gellar left All My Children in 1995. People were saying that her and Susan Lucci did not get along and this caused problems with them working together. She got the main role in the 1997 TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She played a teenager who had to fight many of supernatural enemies with the help of the Scooby Gang and her Watcher (a mentor). The show was well liked by both the critics and the audience. Another series, (Angel), was made based on characters from Buffy. Buffy was on television for seven seasons and a total of 144 episodes. During the show, Buffy, and Gellar also, became cult icons in the United States and the UK. They were a symbol of "empowered" women. Gellar also sang several of the songs during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More, with Feeling".

During the show's later years, Gellar said she did not like some parts of season six and the seventh season's final episode. After the show ended, Gellar said that she did not want to be in a Buffy movie. Since that time, she has said she might do it if the script is good enough.

Gellar's picture has been used on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, FHM, Rolling Stone, and other magazines. She was part of Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2002, 2003, and 2005, and in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2005. In 1998, she was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People (in the World)". Gellar has also been in the Stone Temple Pilots music video Sour Girl and is a celebrity spokesperson for the cosmetics company, Maybelline.

Movie career

After Buffy, Gellar tried to use her television fame for a movie career. Some of her movies were well liked, others were not. After roles in the popular horror movies I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2 (both 1997), she starred in the 1999 movies Simply Irresistible, a romantic comedy, and Cruel Intentions. Cruel Intentions was a small hit at the box office. It made over $38 million in the United States.

Gellar starred as Daphne in the box office success Scooby-Doo (2002), a live-action version of the cartoon series. Gellar was also in the sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), which made less money than the first movie. Gellar's next movie was the 2004 horror movie The Grudge. It was very well liked. Gellar appeared in the sequel The Grudge 2. It opened on October 13, 2006. She has also starred in several movies that have yet to be released, including Southland Tales, The Air I Breathe and The Girls' Guide to Hunting And Fishing.

Personal life

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Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival

Gellar met her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr. during filming of the 1997 teen horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer but the two did not begin a intimate relationship until 2000. They were engaged to be married in April 2001. They got married in Jalisco, Mexico on September 1, 2002.

In 2004, while filming The Grudge in Japan, Gellar visited the famous Japanese swordmaker Shoji Yoshihara (Kuniie III) and bought a Katana from him as a birthday gift for her husband. Gellar found out that she needed permission from the government to take the sword out of the country. After she got permission, she said that it was incredibly difficult to do.

Together, Gellar and Prinze have two children, a daughter born in 2009 and a son born in 2012. The family lives in Los Angeles.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Over the Brooklyn Bridge Phil's Daughter Uncredited
1986 Crossroads Church Goer Deleted scenes
1988 Funny Farm Elizabeth's Student Deleted scenes
1989 High Stakes Karen Rose
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer Helen Shivers
Scream 2 Casey "Cici" Cooper
1998 Small Soldiers Gwendy Doll (voice)
1999 Cruel Intentions Kathryn Merteuil
She's All That Girl in Cafeteria Special thanks
Simply Irresistible Amanda Shelton
2001 Harvard Man Cindy Bandolini
2002 Scooby-Doo Daphne Blake
2004 The Grudge Karen Davis
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Daphne Blake
2006 The Grudge 2 Karen Davis
The Return Joanna Mills
Southland Tales Krysta Now
2007 The Air I Breathe Sorrow
Happily N'Ever After Ella (voice)
Suburban Girl Brett Eisenberg
TMNT April O'Neil (voice)
2009 Possession Jessica
Veronika Decides to Die Veronika Deklava
2013 The Illusionauts Nicole (voice)

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1983 An Invasion of Privacy Jennifer Bianchi Television film
1988 Crossbow Sara Guidotti Episode: "Actors"
Spenser: For Hire Emily Episode: "Company Man"
1989 Girl Talk Herself as a host Episode: Pilot
1991 A Woman Named Jackie Teenage Jacqueline Bouvier Miniseries
1992 Swans Crossing Sydney Orion Rutledge Main role
1993–1995; 2011 All My Children Kendall Hart
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28 episodes
1 episode
1997 Beverly Hills Family Robinson Jane Robinson Television film
1997–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers / Various Main role
1998–2002 Saturday Night Live Herself/Host 5 episodes
1998 King of the Hill Marie (voice) Episode: "And They Call It Bobby Love"
1999–2004 Angel Buffy Summers Episodes: "I Will Remember You" & "Sanctuary"
2000 Sex and the City Debbie Episode: "Escape from New York"
2001 Grosse Pointe Herself Episode: "Passion Fish"
2004; 2012 The Simpsons Gina Vendetti (voice) Episodes: "The Wandering Juvie" & "Moonshine River"
2005–2018 Robot Chicken Buffy Summers / Daphne Blake / various voices 15 episodes
2011–2012 American Dad! Phyllis / Jenny (voices) Episodes: "Virtual In-Stanity" & "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
Ringer Bridget Kelly / Siobhan Martin Main role; also executive producer
2011 God, the Devil and Bob That Actress on That Show (voice) Episode: "There's Too Much Sex on TV"
2013–2014 The Crazy Ones Sydney Roberts Main role
2015–2016 Star Wars Rebels Seventh Sister (voice) 5 episodes
2016 Cruel Intentions Kathryn Merteuil Unaired pilot; also executive producer
Those Who Can't Gwen Stephanie Episode: "The Fairbell Tape"
2019 The Big Bang Theory Herself Episode: "The Stockholm Syndrome"
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Sour Girl Female love interest Music video for Stone Temple Pilots
2011 Call of Duty: Black Ops Sarah Michelle Gellar Video game
2015 Princess Rap Battle Cinderella YouTube video series (1 episode)
2019 Killer Skin Georgia Cunningham Olay's first Super Bowl commercial

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1993 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress in a New Television Series Swans Crossing Nominated
1993 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series Swans Crossing Nominated
1994 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series All My Children Nominated
1994 Young Artist Awards Best Youth Actress in a Soap Opera All My Children Nominated
1995 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series All My Children Won
1995 Young Artist Awards Best Performance by a Youth Actress in a Daytime Series All My Children Nominated
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress – Horror I Know What You Did Last Summer Won
1998 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance I Know What You Did Last Summer Nominated
1998 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
1999 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
1999 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain Cruel Intentions Won
1999 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
1999 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Television Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2000 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Friends (shared with David Boreanaz) Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2000 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Selma Blair) Cruel Intentions Won
2000 MTV Movie Awards Best Performance – Female Cruel Intentions Won
2000 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Cruel Intentions Nominated
2000 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2001 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2001 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2001 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Awards Extraordinary Achievement Award Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2001 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2002 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Butt Kicker Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2002 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2002 SFX Awards Best Television Actress Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2002 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Freddie Prinze Jr.) Scooby-Doo Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Scooby-Doo Won
2002 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2002 Young Hollywood Awards Hottest, Coolest Young Veteran – Female Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2003 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Butt Kicker Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2003 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2003 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2004 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Buffy the Vampire Slayer Nominated
2004 SFX Awards Best Television Actress Buffy the Vampire Slayer Won
2005 MTV Movie Awards Best Frightened Performance The Grudge Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama The Grudge Nominated
2011 Virgin Media TV Award (UK) Best Actress Ringer Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Ringer Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actress in a New Television Series The Crazy Ones Won

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