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Gellar, Sarah Michelle 1977–

GELLAR, Sarah Michelle 1977–

(Sarah Gellar)


Born April 14, 1977, in New York, NY; daughter of Arthur (a garment worker) and Rosellen Gellar; married Freddie Prinze, Jr. (an actor), September 1, 2002. Avocational Interests: Figure skating, scuba diving, roller-blading, water skiing, tae kwon do, kickboxing, boxing, street fighting, gymnastics, and collecting books, including rare editions of classic children's literature.

Addresses: Agent—United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Baker/Winokur/Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Fl., West Tower, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress. Also worked as a Wilhelmina Model; appeared in more than 100 television commercials, including Burger King, c. 1980s, Avon, 1991, and Lee Jeans, 1999; Maybelline (cosmetics company), spokes-person, 1999–2003; appeared in print ads for Got Milk?, 1998. Worked with Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic, 1999.

Awards, Honors: Young Artist award nominations, best young actress in a new television series and best young actress in an off-prime-time series, 1992, both for Swans Crossing; Young Artist Award nominations, best youth actress in a soap opera, 1994, and best performance by a youth actress in a daytime series, 1995, Emmy Award nomination, outstanding younger actress in a drama series, 1994, and Emmy Award, outstanding younger actress in a drama series, 1995, all for All My Children; MTV Movie Award nomination, best breakthrough performance, and Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite supporting actress—horror, 1998, both for I Know What You Did Last Summer; chosen one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world, People Weekly, 1998; Golden Slate Award nomination, best actress in a leading role, Csapnivalo Awards, MTV Movie Awards, best female performance and best kiss (with Selma Blair), and MTV Movie Award nomination, best villain, 2000, all for Cruel Intentions; Saturn Award nominations, Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films, best genre television actress, 1998, 2000, best actress on television, 2001, and best actress in a television series, 2002, 2003, 2004, Saturn Award, best genre television actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films, 1999, Teen Choice Awards, television—choice actress, 1999, 2000, 2002, Teen Choice Award nomination, television-choice actress, 2001, Blimp Award nominations, Kids' Choice Awards, favorite television actress, 1999, 2001, favorite television friends (with David Boreanaz), 2000, and favorite female butt kicker, 2003, Blimp Award, favorite female action hero, Kids' Choice Awards, 2002, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a television series-drama, 2001, Young Artist Award nomination, best performance in a television drama or comedy series—leading young actress, 1999, Television Critics Association Award nomination, individual achievement in drama, 2001, Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a series-drama, International Press Academy, 2003, all for Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Extraordinary Achievement Award, Teen Choice Awards, 2001; Teen Choice Award, film-choice actress, comedy, and Teen Choice Award nomination (with Freddie Prinze, Jr), film-choice chemistry, 2002, both for Scooby-Doo; Young Hollywood Award, hottest, coolest young veteran—female, 2002; Teen Choice Award nomination, choice movie actress: action/adventure/thriller, MTV Movie Award nomination, best frightened performance, 2005, both for The Grudge; four online TV Guide Awards.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Phil's daughter, Over the Brooklyn Bridge (also known as Across the Brooklyn Bridge and My Darling Shiksa), Cannon Films, 1983.

(Uncredited) Madolyn Smith's student, Funny Farm, Warner Bros., 1988.

(As Sarah Gellar) Karen Rose, High Stakes (also known as Melanie Rose), Vidmark, 1989.

Helen Shivers, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Columbia, 1997.

Casey "Cici" Cooper, Scream II: Scream Again (also known as Scream 2), Dimension Films, 1997.

Voice of Gwendy Doll, Small Soldiers, DreamWorks, 1998.

Kathryn Merteuil, Cruel Intentions, Columbia, 1999.

(Uncredited) Girl in cafeteria, She's All That, Miramax, 1999.

Amanda Shelton, Simply Irresistible (also known as Einfach unwiderstehlich), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999.

Herself, Behind the "Scream" (documentary short), Dimension Home Video, 2000.

Cindy Bandolini, Harvard Man, Cowboy Pictures, 2001.

Daphne Blake, Scooby-Doo, Warner Bros., 2002.

Daphne Blake, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Warner Bros., 2004.

Karen Davis, The Grudge (also known as The Juon), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2004.

(Uncredited) Buffy Summers, Nochnoy dozor, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2004.

Herself, A Powerful Rage: Behind "The Grudge" (documentary), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005.

Voice of Ella, Happily N'Ever After (animated), 2005.

Krysta Kapowsky/Krysta Now, Southland Tales, Universal, 2006.

Joanna Mills, The Return, Focus Features, 2006.

Alice, Alice, Universal, 2006.

The Air I Breathe, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Host, Girl Talk, 1989.

Sydney Orion Rutledge, Swans Crossing, syndicated, 1991–92.

Kendall Hart Lang Henry, All My Children, ABC, 1993–95.

Buffy Anne Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (also known as Buffy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Series), The WB, 1997–2001, UPN, 2001–2003.

Voice of Andromeda, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's "Hercules"), 1998.

Voice, Robot Chicken (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Young Jacqueline Bouvier, A Woman Named Jackie (also known as A Woman Called Jackie), NBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jennifer Bianchi, An Invasion of Privacy, CBS, 1983.

Jane Robinson, Beverly Hills Family Robinson, ABC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Seventeen: The Faces for Fall, The WB, 1998.

MTV Presents: Videos That Don't Suck, MTV, 1998.

VH1 Divas Live 2 (also known as VH1 Divas Live '99), VH1, 1999.

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1999.

Celebrity Profile: Jennifer Love Hewitt (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Christmas in Washington, TNT, 2000.

Scream: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

(Uncredited) Buffy Summers, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Channel 4, 2001.

Buffy's Back (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell, NBC, 2002.

Inside the Playboy Mansion (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Cancun Capers, MTV, 2002.

TV Guide 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 2002.

Herself and Daphne Blake, E! Entertainment Special: Who Let the Dog Out? (documentary), 2002.

Arwen, Lord of the Piercing, MTV, 2002.

Mary Jane Watson, Jack Black: Spider-Man, MTV, 2002.

All My Children (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (documentary; also known as A&E Biography: Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri, NBC, 2004.

Scream Queens: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks, NBC, 2004.

Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens (documentary), Bravo, 2005.

Ranger, 2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey (animated), Sci-Fi Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1998.

Presenter, The 50th Emmy Awards, 1998.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1998.

The 1999 Teen Choice Awards, 1999.

Presenter, The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1999.

Presenter, The 2000 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2000.

The Teen Choice Awards 2001, Fox, 2001.

Presenter, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '02, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Host, The 2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002.

The Teen Choice Awards 2002, Fox, 2002.

The Teen Choice Awards 2003, Fox, 2003.

Host, Glamour's Women of the Year Awards, syndicated, 2004.

Presenter, The 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Gail Hunnicut, Love, Sidney, NBC, 1981.

Flower girl at Kurt and Mindy's wedding, Guiding Light, CBS, 1986.

Sara Guidotti, Crossbow, 1986.

Emily, "The Company Man," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988.

Guest, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (later known as Live with Regis and Kelly), syndicated, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.

Herself, Vibe, syndicated, 1997.

Herself and Helen Shivers, The Movie Watch, 1997.

Guest, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1997, 2002, 2004.

Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1998, 1999, 2002.

Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1998, 1999, 2002.

Guest, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1998, 2002.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004.

Voice of Marie, "They Call It Bobby Love," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998.

Voice of Andromeda, "Hercules and the Falling Stars," Hercules (animated), syndicated, 1998.

Herself, "Jennifer Love Hewitt," Celebrity Profile, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Herself and Kathryn Merteuil, The Big Breakfast, 1999.

(Uncredited; archive footage) Voice of Buffy Summers, "City Of," Angel, The WB, 1999.

Buffy Summers, "I Will Remember You," Angel, The WB, 1999.

(Archive footage) Buffy Summers, "The Bachelor Party," Angel, The WB, 1999.

Guest, The View, ABC, 1999, 2002.

Guest, The Daily Show, Comedy Central, 1999.

Faith, "Who Are You?" Buffy the Vampire Slayer (also known as Buffy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Series), The WB, 2000.

Buffy Summers, "Sanctuary," Angel, 2000.

Voice of That Actress on That Show, "There's Too Much Sex on TV," God, the Devil and Bob (animated), NBC, 2000.

(Uncredited) Brandi Lane, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 2000.

Debbie, "Escape from New York," Sex and the City, HBO, 2000.

Herself, "Passion Fish," Grosse Pointe, The WB, 2001.

Herself, "25 Sexiest Men in Entertainment," Rank, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, "Scooby-Doo," HBO First Look, HBO, 2002.

Herself, "25 Toughest Stars," Rank, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Herself, "25 Sexiest Movie Moments," Rank, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Access Hollywood, syndicated, 2002, 2003, 2004.

(Uncredited) Herself, Extra, syndicated, 2002, 2003, 2004.

E! News Daily, E! Entertainment Television, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Today, NBC, 2002.

Herself, "Sarah Michelle Gellar," Revealed with Jules Asner, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

The Early Show, CBS, 2002.

Herself, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

(Uncredited; archive footage) Buffy Summers, "Just Rewards," Angel, The WB, 2003.

Entertainment Tonight, syndicated, 2003, 2004.

Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003.

(Uncredited; archive footage) Buffy Summers, "Soul Purpose," Angel, The WB, 2003.

Herself, "Sarah Michelle Gellar," Style Star, Style Network, 2004.

Herself, "Scooby-Doo 2," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

Guest, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2004.

Ministry of Mayhem, ITV, 2004.

Voice of Gina, "The Wandering Juvie," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2004.

GMTV, ITV, 2004.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV, 2004.

Herself, "Shrek 2: Premiere," Hollywood HD, HD Net, 2004.

(Archive footage) Kendall Hart, "Alicia Minshew," Soapography, SoapNet, 2004.

Total Request Live, MTV, 2004.

Good Morning America, ABC, 2004.

Guest, The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2004.

Guest, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2004.

Film '72, BBC, 2004.

Loops!, TV3, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Molly, The Widow Claire, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1986.

Mollie/13, Jake's Women, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1989.


Music Videos:

Marcy Playground, "Comin' Up from Behind," 1999.

Placebo, "Every You, Every Me," 1999.

Hepburn, "I Quit," 1999.

Stone Temple Pilots, "Sour Girl," 2000.

Outkast, "Land of a Million Drums," 2002.

Simple Plan, "Don't Wanna Think About You," 2004.

Also appeared in Bree Sharp, "David Duchovny"; Green Apple Quick Step, "Kid."


Kendall Hart, All My Children: Daytime's Greatest Weddings (documentary), ABC Video Publishing, 1993.

Herself/Kendall Hart, All My Children: Behind the Scenes, 1994.

Kendall Hart, All About Erica (documentary), Capital Cities, 1994.

Helen Shivers (I Know What You Did Last Summer), Boogeyman: The Killer Compilation (documentary), Flixmix, 2001.

Kendall Hart, Daytime's Greatest Weddings, Buena Vista Home Video, 2004.



Laslo, Cynthia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, 2000.

Newsmakers 1999, Issue 3, Gale Group, 1999.

Powell, Phelan, and Rose Mary Powell, Sarah Michelle Gellar: A Real-Life Reader Biography, 2000.


Parade, July 6, 1997, p. 18.

People Weekly, May 23, 1994, p. 83; September 16, 2002, p. 76.

Teen People, October 1, 2002, p. 113; June 1, 2003, p. 194.

TV Guide, July 1, 1995, p. 32; August 2, 1997, pp. 16-21.

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