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Sarah Michelle Gellar: Snapshot

Name
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Date of Birth
April 14, 1977
Birth Place
New York, N.Y.
She may have won an Emmy, married a Prinze and resurrected the scream queen genre, but Sarah Michelle Gellar will always be known to sci-fi fans as Buffy. With her mix of girl-next-door charm and kick-ass stunts, the former WB teen idol captivated audiences for seven seasons as Sunnydale's crusader on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Gellar made her first big acting debut as Susan Lucci's nightmarish daughter on the popular soap All My Children, before kicking off her big-screen career in I Know What You Did Last Summer, where she met her future husband Freddie Prinze Jr.

The couple, who tied the knot in Mexico in 2002 and shared the screen in two Scooby-Doo flicks, are parents to daughter Charlotte and son Rocky.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Five Fun Facts

  1. While filming The Grudge in Tokyo, Sarah Michelle Gellar snuck a samurai sword through customs for hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. "[It was] an incredibly difficult feat, but we managed," she told Extra.
  2. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair won "Best Kiss" at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards for Cruel Intentions. "My mother is going to be so proud right now," Gellar said while accepting the award.
  3. During their 2002 nuptials in Mexico, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. contended with a 4.6 earthquake and Hurricane Hernan. "All of those bigger-than-life natural events can only bode well for the marriage," a wedding guest told PEOPLE.
  4. At its peak, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was parodied in an adult film. "You know you’ve made it when they make a porn version of you," Sarah Michelle Gellar told Maxim.
  5. Sarah Michelle Gellar is a spray tan fanatic. "Without it, I'm as pasty as a ghost," she told Cosmopolitan.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Biography

1990

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Mid-1990s

Soap Star Beginnings

With numerous commercials and TV spots under her belt, Gellar plays Susan Lucci's evil daughter on All My Children. At 17, the newcomer wins a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress. "I was on All My Children while trying to graduate from high school," Gellar later says of her life as a teen soap star.

1997

Sarah Michelle Gellar

March 10

Buffy's First Bite

Gellar debuts in her breakout role as Buffy Summers, a suburban teen who battles the undead in the WB's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The supernatural show strikes a cord with audiences, making Gellar a household name. "Buffy's a total individual. She proves you don't have to fit in," she tells Teen. "You can be different and still find happiness."

Sarah Michelle Gellar

October 1997

Scream Queen

Away from the tube, Gellar appears in consecutive teen horror hits Scream 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. The following year, she cements her "It" girl status with her first appearance on PEOPLE's 'Most Beautiful' list.

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