Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Prinze (born April 14, 1977), known professionally by her birth name of Sarah Michelle Gellar, is an American actress, singer and executive producer. She became widely known for her role as Buffy Summers on the WB/UPN television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which she won six Teen Choice Awards and the Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She originated the role of Kendall Hart on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children, winning the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

Her film work includes starring roles in Scream 2 (1997), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Cruel Intentions (1999); Scooby-Doo (2002); Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, (2004); the American remake of Japanese horror film The Grudge (2004); and The Return (2006). Gellar also starred in Veronika Decides to Die (2009). As of 2011, she stars in the television series, Ringer.

Early life
Gellar was born in New York City. She is the only child of Rosellen (née Greenfield), a nursery school teacher, and Arthur Gellar, a garment worker. Both of her parents were Jewish, though Gellar's family had a Christmas tree during the holidays while she was growing up. In 1984, when she was 7 years old, her parents divorced and she was brought up solely by her mother on the Upper East Side. She graduated from Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in 1995. Gellar was estranged from her father until his death from liver cancer on October 9, 2001.

Career
Early career
At the age of four, she 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 made-for-television film starring Valerie Harper, Carol Kane and Jeff Daniels. At the audition, Gellar read both her own lines and those of Harper, impressing the directors enough to cast her in the role. She subsequently appeared in a controversial television commercial for Burger King, in which her character criticized McDonald's and claimed to eat only at Burger King. This led to a lawsuit by McDonald's. As a child, Gellar modeled for magazines.

Gellar appeared in TV series such as Spenser: For Hire and Crossbow, and had minor roles in the films Funny Farm (1988) and High Stakes (1989). In 1991, she appeared as a young Jacqueline Bouvier in the TV movie A Woman Named Jackie.

Gellar's first major break came in 1992, when she starred in the serial Swans Crossing and was subsequently cast in the soap opera All My Children, playing Kendall Hart, the long-lost daughter of character Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). In 1995, at the age of eighteen, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for the role. It was on the set of this soap opera that she met Michelle Trachtenberg, who would later join the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gellar also met co-star Sydney Penny, with whom she remains friends.

Personal life
Gellar met her future husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., during filming of I Know What You Did Last Summer, but the two did not begin dating until 2000. They were engaged in April 2001 and married in Mexico on September 1, 2002. In 2007, Gellar legally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze in honor of the couple's fifth year of marriage. In 2004, while filming The Grudge in Japan, Gellar visited the famous Japanese swordsmith Shoji Yoshihara (Kuniie III) and bought a katana from him as a birthday present for her husband. Gellar learned that she needed clearance from the Japanese government to remove the sword from the country and, after eventually succeeding, stated that it was "incredibly difficult" to do.

Gellar and Prinze have a daughter, Charlotte Grace Prinze, born in September 2009.
Gellar is an active advocate for various charities, including breast cancer research, Project Angel Food, Habitat for Humanity and CARE.

Gellar has four tattoos. She has a symbol for integrity on her lower back; a heart, a dagger and a cherry blossom on her ankle and two dragonflies on her back.
Gellar is a taekwondo black belt

Awards and Nominations
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a New Television Series
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1995)
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1994)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Actress in a Daytime Series (1994, 1995)
Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (1999)
Teen Choice Awards for Television – Choice Actress (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2003)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Television – Choice Actress (2001)
Nominated – Television Critics Association Awards for Individual Achievement in Drama (2001)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series – Leading Young Actress
Nominated – Television Critics Association for Individual Achievement in Drama
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favorite Supporting Actress – Horror (1997)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (1997)
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Selma Blair) (1999)
MTV Movie Award for Best Performance – Female (1999)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain (1999)
Teen Choice Awards for Film – Choice Actress, Comedy (2002)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Film – Choice Chemistry (shared with Freddie Prinze, Jr.) (2002)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance (2004)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure/Thriller (2004)

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