Sarah Michelle Gellar Biography

Television Actress, Film Actress, Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress (1977–)
Sarah Michelle Gellar is an actress known for her lead role in the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as films like Cruel Intentions and The Grudge.


Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977, in New York, New York. Gellar started acting professionally as a child, eventually landing a role in the daytime soap All My Children. In 1996, she landed the lead role in the hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also starred in popular big-screen projects like Scream 2, Cruel Intentions, Scooby-Doo and The Grudge. She wed fellow actor Freddie Prinze Jr. in 2002.

Early Life

Actress Sarah Anne Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977, in New York City. Gellar attended the Professional Children's School in New York City where high school classmates included actors Tara Reid, Jerry O'Connell and Macaulay Culkin. She was a competitive figure skater for three years and was ranked 3rd in New York Sate's regional competition.

Commercial Success

In 1983, Gellar made her first TV movie, An Invasion of Privacy. The movie was followed by small TV roles and commercials, as well as theater, including The Widow Claire with Matthew Broderick and Eric Stoltz. Her breakthrough role came in 1992 as Sydney Rutledge in the teen soap opera Swans Crossing. In 1993, Gellar began work on the set of All My Children, earning an Emmy in 1995 in the Younger Leading Actress category. During 1997, she appeared on the big screen in two films, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2.

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

That same year, Gellar landed what was to become her star-making role in the critically acclaimed WB TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gellar had auditioned first for the role of Buffy, but the producers thought she was better suited to play Cordelia. She continued to pursue the role of Buffy and ultimately won it. In February 2003, after six seasons helming the acclaimed series, Gellar announced that she will be leaving the show to pursue a film career.

Personal Life

In 1999, Gellar signed a contract with Maybelline to become the company's first celebrity spokeswoman since Linda Carter in the late '70s.

Gellar married actor Freddie Prinze Jr. on September 1, 2002. She legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze in 2007 and the couple has had two children together since their 2002 marriage: Charlotte Grace, born in 2009, and Rocky James, born in 2012.

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