Sarah Michelle Gellar also starred in horror films such as
The Grudge (2004) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), in
family films such as Scooby-Doo (2002), and in independent films
such as Harvard Man (2001).
Sarah Michelle Gellar was born in New York City, the only child of Jewish American parents Arthur and Rosellen Gellar, a nursery school teacher. At the age of four, Sarah Michelle Gellar was spotted by an agent in a restaurant in Uptown Manhattan. Two weeks later, she auditioned for a part in An Invasion Of Privacy, a TV movie starring Valerie Harper, Carol Kane and Jeff Daniels. At the audition, Sarah read both her own lines and those of Harper's, which impressed the directors enough to give her the role. A short while later, she got a part in a controversial commercial for Burger King, in which she criticized McDonalds and claimed to eat only at Burger King. This led to a lawsuit against Burger King, ad agency J. Walter Thompson and Gellar, who appeared in court as a witness for the defense. The dispute was settled out of court.
Sarah Michelle then continued to make commercials while having small parts in TV. In 1984, Sarah Michelle Gellar's parents divorced and she was brought up by her mother on the Upper East Side. She was estranged from her father from this time until his death from liver cancer on October 9, 2001.
Sarah attended New York's Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. The same year Sarah Michelle Gellar had her third TV role as Emily in an episode of the TV series Spenser: For Hire, starring Robert Urich. She had a small part in Chevy Chase's Funny Farm, and filmed in Europe for the TV series Crossbow, based on William Tell.
Sarah attended the Professional Children's School, which was also attended by Tara Reid, Macaulay Culkin, Rebecca Gayheart, and Jerry O'Connell, whom Gellar dated in 1998. Sarah Michelle Gellar held a straight-A average and became a competent figure skater.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's ex-best friend was Melissa Joan Hart, who later was the star of the series Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Gellar had a role in the movie High Stakes opposite Sally Kirkland. In 1991 she played a young Jacqueline Bouvier in A Woman Named Jackie.
Sarah's major break came in 1992, when she starred in the teen soap opera Swan's Crossing, after which she starred in the soap opera All My Children, playing the conniving character Kendall Hart, the long-lost daughter of character Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci). In 1995, at the age of 18, Sarah Michelle Gellar won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series.
Sarah left All My Children in 1995 and landed the lead in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, created by Joss Whedon, as a teenager burdened with the responsibility of fighting a number of mystical foes, with the aid of a group of friends and her Watcher (a teacher of sorts). The show was well received by critics and audiences alike, spawned a spinoff series (Angel) and, throughout its seven seasons and a total of 144 episodes, Buffy, and Gellar along with her, became cult icons in the United States and the UK.
Sarah sang several of the songs during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More, with Feeling", which spawned an original cast album.
Sarah has expressed dissatisfaction about certain aspects of Season 6 of Buffy and the finale in season 7. Not long after the series finale Sarah Michelle Gellar said quite emphatically that she had no interest in appearing in a Buffy movie, although since then she has said she will consider it if the script is good enough. Sarah Michelle Gellar did not appear in the final season of Angel, which left the show's creators straining to wrap up the long-running Buffy/Angel/Spike romantic triangle without actually showing Buffy during the episode. Sarah told the Sci Fi Channel's website she was willing to appear, but scheduling conflicts and family problems prevented it. Sarah Michelle Gellar has declined to lend her voice to the various Buffy video games, and another actress voiced Buffy for the never-aired Buffy animated series.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, FHM, Rolling Stone, and dozens more. Sarah Michelle Gellar was in some Got milk? ads, and is a model for Maybelline. She was featured on Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2002, 2003, and 2005, and in FHM's 100 S--iest Women of 2005. In 1998, she was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People (in the World)."
With continued success on Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar attempted to capitalize on her television fame to create a career for herself in motion pictures, with intermittent commercial success. After roles in the popular thrillers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2 by Wes Craven, she starred in the film Simply Irresistible. This film featured a magical crab and borrowed heavily from Like Water for Chocolate.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's next film was Cruel Intentions, a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; this movie included a lesbian kiss between Gellar and Selma Blair. The movie was a modest hit at the box office grossing over 38 million dollars in the U.S. Roger Ebert stated that in the film, Gellar and Ryan Philippe "develop a convincing emotional charge", and that Sarah is "effective as a bright girl who knows exactly how to use her act as a tramp". In 1999, she also appeared in the Stone Temple Pilots music video Sour Girl.
Sarah Michelle Gellar then played a lead role in James Toback's critically unsuccessful Harvard Man (2001) which also bombed at the box office, followed by success as Daphne in Scooby-Doo (2002), a live-action adaptation of the cartoon series which earned over 275 million worldwide. Gellar also appeared in the movie's sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) which earned about half of the gross the original did and critics were even less impressed. She and husband Freddie have stated repeatedly they are not returning for anymore sequels and, thus far, the studio has no plans to continue the franchise as theatrical releases.
In 2004, David Wirtschafter, the president of the William Morris Agency, which represented Sarah, told The New Yorker that the success of Gellar's low-budget film The Grudge (a remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-on: The Grudge) "takes our client Sarah Michelle Gellar, who now is nothing at all, and . . . makes her a star, potentially. Suddenly, the Sarah Gellar space is meaningful." The remark led Gellar to terminate her association with the agency.
In 2005, Gellar starred in The Return with Peter O'Brien and Sam Shepard and, the same year, made Southland Tales which is expected to be released by the end of 2006.
In 2006, Sarah Michelle Gellar made The Air I Breathe with co-stars Kevin Bacon, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, and Forest Whitaker in Mexico City. She also reprised her role as Karen Davis in a cameo for The Grudge 2. Sarah Michelle Gellar will appear briefly in the movie to pass the curse onto her sister in the film, played by Amber Tamblyn.
Currently, Sarah is starring in A Girl's Guide to Hunting And Fishing, based on the book of the same name, with co-star Alec Baldwin.
Sarah is expected to start filming Alice, based on the game from American McGee in 2006. Alice is expected to be released summer 2007.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has a total of 7 movies in different stages of production as of this moment.
On September 1, 2002, Sarah and actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. (who starred alongside her in the Scooby Doo films) were married in Jalisco, Mexico. Adam Shankman, with whom Gellar had worked on Buffy, officiated at the nondenominational wedding. The couple had met several years before, while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer and were engaged in April 2001.
In 2004, while filming The Grudge in Japan, Sarah visited a famous Japanese swordsmith Shoji Yoshihara (Kuniie III) and bought a Samurai sword from him as a birthday present for her husband. Gellar realized that she needed clearance from the government to remove it from the country, and after eventually succeeding, she stated that it was "an incredibly difficult feat" to do.
Sarah is sometimes thought to be an atheist, but she has said in interviews that she believes in God, but doesn't belong to a religion.
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