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Also Known As: Sarah Michelle Prinze, Sarah Gellar Died:
Born: April 14, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, ice skater

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An icon of the new breed of young, empowered females of the 1990s, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar earned her reputation over six years as the star of the cheeky action/fantasy series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-03). With the exception of the well-received "Cruel Intentions" (1999), a modern, teen-centered adaptation of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuse, Gellar's feature film work stuck close to "Buffy" range with horror films like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), supernatural thrillers like "The Grudge" (2004), and the campy mystery of the "Scooby Doo" films (2002, 2004). Gellar was one of the top box office draws of the teen set, bestowed with many an MTV and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award, but even as the actress aged out of that demographic, her continued forays into dark and creepy features held men's magazine readers and the sci-fi crowd captive.

An icon of the new breed of young, empowered females of the 1990s, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar earned her reputation over six years as the star of the cheeky action/fantasy series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-03). With the exception of the well-received "Cruel Intentions" (1999), a modern, teen-centered adaptation of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuse, Gellar's feature film work stuck close to "Buffy" range with horror films like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997), supernatural thrillers like "The Grudge" (2004), and the campy mystery of the "Scooby Doo" films (2002, 2004). Gellar was one of the top box office draws of the teen set, bestowed with many an MTV and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award, but even as the actress aged out of that demographic, her continued forays into dark and creepy features held men's magazine readers and the sci-fi crowd captive.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Freedom Force (2013)
2.
 Possession (2009)
4.
5.
 TMNT (2007)
6.
7.
 Suburban Girl (2007)
8.
9.
 REVOLVER (2006)
10.
 Southland Tales (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1981:
Began career in commercials for Burger King at age four
1983:
Made her small screen acting debut on the CBS TV-movie "An Invasion of Privacy"
1984:
Landed a small role in feature film "Over the Brooklyn Bridge"
1986:
Co-starred opposite Matthew Broderick (and later Eric Stoltz) in Horton Foote's play "The Widow Claire"
1991:
Played the young Jacqueline Bouvier in "A Woman Named Jackie" (NBC)
1992:
Was in pre-Broadway cast of Neil Simon's "Jake's Women"
1992:
Cast in a regular role on syndicated serial "Swan's Crossing"
1993:
Played Kendall Hart on "All My Children" (ABC); nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress (1993)
1997:
Starred in title role of the series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2001; UPN, 2001-2003)
1997:
Had first screen lead in "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
1997:
Played supporting role as a sorority sister in "Scream 2"
1999:
Co-starred with Ryan Phillippe in "Cruel Intentions," a contemporary version of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
2001:
Starred in "Harvard Man," directed by James Toback
2002:
Played Daphne in the live-action version of "Scooby Doo"
2003:
Left the cult classic series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to pursue a full time film career
2004:
Once again played Daphne in "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed"
2004:
Starred in Takashi Shimizu's thriller "The Grudge"
2006:
Starred in "The Grudge 2" a sequel to the 2004 American horror film remake; again directed by Takashi Shimizu
2007:
Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble film, "Southland Tales"
2007:
Voiced the character of April O'Neil in the animated feature "TMNT"
2008:
Cast in the drama feature "The Air I Breathe"
2011:
Played a dual role as twins on The CW drama series "Ringer"
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Education

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1995

Notes

"What Sarah bring to the part is her intelligence. At the same time, she's got that hormonal, idiosyncratic goofiness that makes Buffy not just the Terminator." --series creator Joss Whedon quoted in TV GUIDE, August 2, 1997

"You know that when you hire her to do a job she's not going to be in the trailer, complaining about everything. She's going to be right out there at three in the morning, barefoot, in the freezing cold, giving you the 10th take." --screenwriter Kevin Williamson quoted in TV GUIDE, August 2, 1997

In the 1999 online voting for the initial presentation of the TV GUIDE Awards, Gellar was cited for Best Woman's Hair-Do and as both the Sexiest Female and Best-Dressed Female.

"I was thinking to myself: 'I can't do this....I can't do it.' I was worried about it the night before, wondering if I'd ever be able to go ahead. It was no better on the day itself."

"As for the scene being sexy, I was so nervous I thought I was going to throw up! We had to film in the open in New York's Central Park and it seemed that half the city was watching."---Gellar on her kiss with Selma Blair in "Cruel Intentions" Now Magazine January 2004

"It was always a financial struggle," she recalls. "A private education in New York is one of the best you can get in the world, but we were barely able to make rent payments on our apartment. I'm not going to pretend it was easy at school either. There were a lot of rich kids who made my life hell. They soon got to know that I was there on a part scholarship and could hardly afford to make up the fees. They constantly reminded me of the fact, too, so I've always thought of high school as being a breeding ground for evil. It made me more determined than ever to make something of my life."---Gellar on growing up with no money and financing her own education with TV commercials Now Magazine January 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jerry O'Connell. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
David Boreanaz. Actor. Reportedly dating as of late 1999.
husband:
Freddie Prinze Jr. Actor. Co-starred in "I Know What You Did Last Summer"; started dating in early 2000; became engaged in April 2001; married September 1, 2002 in Mexico.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Arthur Gellar. Garment worker. Jewish; born c. 1941; divorced from Gellar's mother c. 1984; found dead in his apartment on October 9, 2001.
mother:
Rosellen. Nursery school teacher. Divorced from Gellar's father c. 1984.

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