SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) was the leading actress in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was born in New York City and has been acting since the age of 4, when she did a commercial for Burger King.


Her best friend as a child was Melissa Joan Hart who later played Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Gellar’s major break was in 1992, in the teen soap opera Swan’s Crossing. From there, she moved on to another soap opera, All My Children, where she played the conniving character Kendall Hart Lang, long-lost daughter of principal character Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci).


In 1995, at the age of eighteen, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series. She left the series later that year after highly-publicized fights with Lucci, who was, by many accounts (reported by, among others, soap columnist Michael Logan), jealous of Sarah Michelle’s Emmy win; this is due to Lucci receiving over a dozen nominations and never winning.


Gellar left All My Children in 1995, and landed the lead in the highly successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The role made her a cult icon in the United States and elsewhere.


Though many regarded her character as a feminist icon, Gellar told Detour magazine: “I hate the word ‘feminist.’ It has a bad connotation of women who don’t shave their legs or under their arms.”


Sarah Michelle Gellar, prominently featured on a Soap Opera Digest cover, dated September 24, 2002.While continuing in that role, she attempted to capitalize on her television fame in order to create a career for herself in motion pictures. She has had only intermittent success.


After small roles in the popular thrillers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2, Gellar starred in the disastrous flop Simply Irresistible. This film, rumored to be the last film ever watched by critic Gene Siskel, featured a magical crab and borrowed heavily from Like Water for Chocolate. Gellar’s next film was the steamy Cruel Intentions, a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She then went on to play a lead role in Harvard Man, a critical disaster that went straight-to-video.


Gellar finally found major box office success playing Daphne in Scooby-Doo, a live-action adaption of the cartoon series. The film was popular with audiences but panned by critics. Gellar also appears in the movie’s sequel.


During the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Once More, With Feeling", which spawned an original cast album, Gellar sang on several of the songs: “Going Through the Motions", “I’ve Got a Theory", “Walk Through the Fire", “Something to Sing About", and “Where Do We Go From Here?".


On September 1, 2002, Gellar and actor Freddie Prinze Jr. were married in Mexico.


Sarah Michelle Gellar recently starred in The Grudge, a 2004 remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on which has so far made $40 million as of Sunday, October 24th, 2004.


Her next film project will be Southland Tales, a film by Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly.




Romantic Comedy (2004) (pre-production)… Kate Willous
The Grudge (October 22, 2004) (in theaters)… Karen
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)… Daphne Blake
Happily N’Ever After (2004)… (voice) Cinderella
Scooby-Doo (movie) (2002)… Daphne Blake
Harvard Man (2001)… Cindy Bandolini
The It Girl (2001)
Cruel Intentions (1999)… Kathryn Merteuil
Simply Irresistible (1999)… Amanda Shelton
She’s All That (1999)… (uncredited) Girl in Cafeteria
Hercules: Zero to Hero (1998)
Small Soldiers (1998)… (voice) Gwendy Doll
Scream 2 (1997)… Casey “Cici” Cooper
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)… Helen Shivers
High Stakes (1989)… (as Sarah Gellar) Karen Rose
Funny Farm (1988)… (uncredited) Elizabeth’s student
Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984)… (uncredited) Phil’s daughter
An Invasion of Privacy (1983)




Hercules (1998)… (voice) Andromeda
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
Beverly Hills Family Robinson (1997)… Jane Robinson
All About Erika (1994)… (archive footage) Kendall Hart
All My Children (1993-1995)… Kendall Hart #1
Swan’s Crossing (1992)… Sydney Orion Rutledge
A Woman Named Jackie (1991)… teenage Jacqueline Bouvier
Girl Talk (1989)
Spenser: For Hire, episode: “Company Man” (#3.17) (1988)… Emily
The Guiding Light (1986)… Flower Girl at Kurt and Mindy’s Wedding
An Invasion of Privacy (1983)… Jennifer Bianchi