Buffy the Vampire Slayer
American actress Sarah Michelle Gellar initially gained notice after portraying Sydney Orion Rutledge in the short-lived television drama Swans Crossing (1992, opposite Mira Sorvino). She received even more recognition after playing Erica Kane's long lost daughter Kendall Hart Lang in the 1970's long-running soap All My Children (1993-1995). Through her conniving character, Sarah netted a Daytime Emmy in 1995. In 1997, one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (1998), Sarah became famous for her most memorable role, playing the title character on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), in which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
On the silver screen, Sarah drew the attention of the public when she had a supporting role in the horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt). Due to her bright performance, she was awarded a Blockbuster Entertainment award in 1998. Voted 9th in South Africa's People magazine's most beautiful person list (2002), Sarah went on attracting the public's attention for her scorching performance in the hit Cruel Intentions (1999), for which she took home two MTV awards in 2000. Adding to her popularity, Sarah is well remembered for playing roles in the hit movies Scooby Doo (2002, alongside her husband Freddie, Matt Lillard and Linda Cardellini), the American remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On, The Grudge (2004) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
Off screen, the 45th of 102 Sexiest Women in the World, according to Stuff magazine (2002), Sarah participated in charity work for breast cancer (2003 Tied To The Cause Campaign) and the Young Survival Coalition's 5th Anniversary gala.
5' 3" inch tall Sarah was listed as the No 1 sexiest woman in the
world (1999) and the No 3 sexiest woman in the world (2000) by FHM (a leading UK men's magazine). As for her private life, Sarah, whose
pets are a Maltese terrier named Thor and an Akita named Tyson, was previously linked to actor Jerry O'Connell (dated from 1998-1999) and
professional tennis player Jan-Michael Gambill (dated in 1999) before marrying actor Freddie Prinze Jr. on September 1, 2002.
Childhood and Family:
The only daughter to Arthur (salesman, died in 2001) and Rosellen (nursery school teacher), Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977, in New York, New York. After the divorce of her parents in 1984, Sarah grew up under the guidance of her single mother.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, whose nickname is Sassy, began entering the spotlight when she was just a little girl. At age four, Sarah appeared in commercials for Burger King after being discovered by an agent while she was eating in a local restaurant. By the time she was six, Sarah had already been seen in her first TV movie.
Since acting was not her only passion, Sarah attended the Professional Children's School in New York where she graduated two years early with a 4.0 GPA. She then attended Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and the Performing Arts before enrolling at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. Not only bright, Sarah, who shared the same high school with Tara Reid, Jerry O'Connell, and Macaulay Culkin, was also a workaholic student. She was also a competitive figure skater for 3 years and ranked 3rd in the New York State regional competition.
As for her romantic life, Sarah met actor Freddie Prinze Jr. in 1997 while they were filming I Know What You Did Last Summer. After years of friendship and romance, the duo proclaimed their engagement on April 14, 2001. In Mexico, the couple decided to tie the knot on September 1, 2002. They currently reside in Los Angeles.
During her off time, the big fan of Mariah Carey and good friend of
Britney Spears, enjoys participating in such sports as roller blading, ice-skating, water skiing and cliff diving. She also practices Tae
Kwon Do, kickboxing, boxing, street fighting and gymnastics. Additionally, the green-eyed beauty enjoys collecting rare books,
especially editions of classic children literature.
Spotted by an agent while she was eating in a restaurant, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who once worked as a model for Wilhelmina, began a modeling career when she was only four. After being seen in a commercial for Burger King, she subsequently landed her first role as Valerie Harper's daughter in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy (1983, also starring Jerry Orbach).
By the time she had more than 100 commercials and several guest spots on shows like Spenser: For Hire under her belt, Sarah made her move to the silver screen by playing unaccredited parts in Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1984), Funny Farm (1988) and High Stakes (1989).
Returning to TV, Sarah gained her first substantial role when she was cast as Teenage Jacqueline Bouvier in the award winning NBC mini-series A Woman Named Jackie (1991). She next was seen in the starring role as Sydney Orion Rutledge, alongside Mira Sorvino, in the short-lived television drama Swans Crossing (1992).
"I seduced my stepfather, and when he wouldn't sleep with me, I slept with the stable boy, cried rape, and my mother stabbed him with a letter opener. Then I went to jail for perjury, burned my parents' divorce papers, and locked up my little sister. I think that was all in the first week." Sarah Michelle Gellar on playing Kendall Hart on All My Children
In the year 1993, Sarah's breakthrough eventually came when she portrayed Erica Kane's long lost daughter Kendall Hart Lang in the long-running soap All My Children. Through her scheming character, which Sarah played from 1993-1995, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Young Actress in a Daytime Drama in 1995. The same year she took home the award, Sarah decided to leave the show to try her chance in Hollywood television and movies.
Sarah gained worldwide fame after winning the title character of Buffy in the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). During her stay in the show, Sarah enjoyed fans, phrase from critics and even a nomination at the Golden Globes (2000). She was also seen on the covers of such successful magazines as Rolling Stone.
"At first glance, I almost thought, this isn't a role for me. I don't want to play the quintessential dumb blonde, the babe in the woods character." Sarah Michelle Gellar on her character in I Know What You Did Last Summer
While she was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah also captured the attention of the public for her bright performance in the teen horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt), for which she was garnered with a Blockbuster Entertainment award for Best Supporting Actress - Horror category in 1998. She was also seen in another horror film, Scream 2 (1997, also starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox ), before playing Jane Robinson in the television movie Beverly Hills Family Robinson (1998). Sarah also provided the voice for Gwendy Doll in Small Soldiers (1998).
In 1999, Sarah's popularity as Buffy also led her to a contract with Maybelline to be the company's first celebrity spokeswoman since Linda Carter in the late '70s. Additionally, she added three more silver screen movies to her resume like an unaccredited part as a girl in the cafeteria in She's All That (1999, along with her husband) and a starring role in Simply Irresistible (1999, portrayed Amanda Shelton) and the sticky hit Cruel Intentions (1999, played Kathryn Merteuil) opposite Ryan Phillippe. Sarah's sizzling performance in Cruel Intentions gained two MTV awards: Best Female Performance and Best Kiss (award shared with Selma Blair) in 2000. Commenting about her kissing scene with Selma Blair, she said, "It was a great kiss. It even had a saliva trail."
In the new millennium, Sarah starred as Cindy Bandolini in Harvard Man (2001) before playing roles in the made-for-TV-movies Lord of the Piercing (2002, portrayed Arwen) and Jack Black: Spider-Man (2002, as Mary Jane Watson).
Sarah eventually found blockbuster success when she costarred with her husband Freddie, and actors Matt Lillard and Linda Cardellini, in the long-awaited action movie, adapted from the television cartoon, Scooby Doo (2002, played Daphne Blake). The same year, she also achieved success after co-hosting the MTV Movie Awards, which became the top rated show in the award's history.
In 2004, Sarah experienced her next box office film when she played the starring role of Karen Davis in The Grudge (2004), the English-language remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On. To promote the film, she toured from Europe, to Asia, to the Middle East, to the enchantment of her fans. In 2004's Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, both Sarah and her husband reprised their characters.
Sarah will be seen as Joanna Mills in the untitled Supernatural thriller (2005) before joining director Richard Kelly in Southland Tales (2006, plays Krysta Now). She is also scheduled to portray a character in the untitled Marc Klein Project (2006).
- Teen Choice: Choice TV Drama Actress, 2003
- Woman of The Year: 2002
- Young Hollywood: Hottest, Coolest Young Veteran - Female, 2002
- MTV Movie: Best Female Performance, Cruel Intentions, 2000
- MTV Movie: Best Kiss, Cruel Intentions, award shared with Selma Blair, 2000
- Blockbuster Entertainment: Best Supporting Actress - Horror category,
- I Know What You Did Last Summer, 1998
- Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Daytime Drama, All My Children, 1995