Birth Date: April 14, 1977 / Age: 40
Biography: Gellar was born in New York City into a Jewish family and has been acting since the age of four, when she did a commercial for Burger King. Her best friend as a child was Melissa Joan Hart, who later was the star of the television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Gellar's major break came in 1992 in the teen soap opera Swan's Crossing. From there, she moved on to the long-running soap opera All My Children, where she played the conniving character Kendall Hart Lang, the long-lost daughter of character Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci). In 1995, at the age of 18, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series.
Gellar left All My Children in 1995 and landed the lead in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon. The role made her a cult icon in the United States and the UK.
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."
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 film 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 hit Cruel Intentions, a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons Dangereuses: this movie gained much exposure due to a famous lesbian scene between Sarah and Selma Blair. Also in 1999, she made an appearance in the Stone Temple Pilots music video Sour Girl. She then went on to play a lead role in Harvard Man.
Gellar finally found box office success playing Daphne in Scooby-Doo, a live-action adaption of the cartoon series. The film was popular with audiences but universally panned by critics. Gellar also appeared in the movie's sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).
The president of Gellar's own talent agency, David Wirtschafter, admitted that her movie career was floundering as of fall 2004, telling The New Yorker that the success of her low-budget film The Grudge "takes our client Sarah Michelle Gellar, who now is nothing at all, and it makes her a star, potentially. Suddenly, the Sarah Michelle Gellar space is meaningful." She has since left that agency as a result of the remark. Whether The Grudge, a 2004 remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on: The Grudge, has raised her industry status remains to be seen.
Her next film project will be Southland Tales, a film by Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly.
On September 1, 2002, Gellar and teen-movie actor Freddie Prinze Jr. were married in Mexico.
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?"