On April 14, 1977 Sarah Michelle Gellar was born.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is best known for playing the title character, Buffy Summers, on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, created by Joss Whedon (director of “The Avengers” films), lasted seven seasons, and gained Gellar recognition for playing a strong female character, as well as bringing the character of Buffy Summers into the foray of pop culture and into the academic world. The show, as well as character, is often studied in various academic institutions in courses relating to sociology, gender studies, cultural studies, and other related course. For her portrayal of Buffy Summers, Gellar won six Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award, as well as nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.
Before appearing on “Buffy,” Gellar was best known for playing the role of Kendall Hart, the daughter of Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci), on the ABC daytime soap opera “All My Children.” For her portrayal of Kendall Hart, Gellar won a 1995 Daytime Emmy Award.
Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, Gellar ventured into film. She is often labeled a “Scream Queen” due to her roles in various successful horror films. She starred in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Scream 2,” both released in 1997.
Both films are often credited for revitalizing the horror genre, specifically the slasher film. Gellar’s death scene in “Scream 2” is at times labeled as one of the best death scenes in the “Scream” series. In “Scream 2″ she portrayed sorority girl, Cici Cooper,” who finds herself home alone at her sorority home, acting as a “sober sister,” while a fraternity party is taking place. She begins to be terrorized by the killer, Ghostface, which eventually lead to her death as she was stabbed multiple times, and thrown off the sorority home’s balcony.
A highlight of the film, Cici Cooper’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) chase scene:
Gellar furthered her film career by appearing in 1999’s “Cruel Intentions,” alongside Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film was a modern retelling of the 1782 film novel, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” For her role of Kathryn Merteuil in “Cruel Intentions,” Gellar won the 2000 MTV Movie Award for Best Actress.
Sarah Michelle Gellar winning “Best Female Performance” at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards:
Soon later, Gellar took part of the big screen adaption of the classic cartoon Scooby Doo as Daphne Blake. She appeared as Daphne Blake in both the 2002 film “Scooby Doo,” and the 2004 sequel.
She furthered cemented her status of a “Scream Queen” by appearing in 2004’s “The Grudge” and its 2006 sequel. Both films were a financial success, having a combined gross of over $250 million worldwide.
Gellar has been married to fellow actor, Freddie Prinze Jr, since 2002. They met on the set of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in 1997, worked together on both “Scooby Doo” films,” and have two children.
In 2013, Gellar had a starring role in the CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones,” alongside of Robin Williams, for which she won a 2014 People’s Choice Award.