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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress; Known for "The Grudge" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

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 Sarah Michelle Gellar Biography

She 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 indie films such as Harvard Man (2001).

Gellar was born in New York City, the only child of Jewish American parents Arthur Gellar and Rosellen, a nursery school teacher. 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 TV movie starring Valerie Harper, Carol Kane and Jeff Daniels. At the audition, Gellar 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 herself, who appeared in court as a witness for the defense. The dispute was settled out of court.

Gellar then continued to make commercials while having small parts in TV. In 1984, her parents divorced and she was brought up by her mother on the Upper East Side. She was estranged from her father, Arthur Gellar, from this time until his death from liver cancer on October 9, 2001.

Gellar then attended New York's Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. The same year she 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.

Gellar 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 1988. Gellar held a straight-A average and became a competent figure skater.

Her 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.

Gellar'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, 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 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, 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.

Gellar sang several of the songs during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More, with Feeling", which spawned an original cast album.

Gellar has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, FHM, Rolling Stone, and dozens more. She 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 Sexiest 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, she 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.

Her next film was Cruel Intentions, a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; this movie included a lesbian kiss between Gellar and Selma Blair. In 1999, she also appeared in the Stone Temple Pilots music video Sour Girl.

She then played a lead role in James Toback's critically unsuccessful Harvard Man (2001), followed by box office success as Daphne in Scooby-Doo, a live-action adaption of the cartoon series. Despite being universally panned by critics, the movie was highly popular with audiences, and she also appeared in the movie's sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).

In 2004, David Wirtschafter, the president of the William Morris Agency, which represented Gellar, 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 Michelle 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.

In 2006, she 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. She will appear briefly in The Grudge 2, 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.

Gellar is expected to start filming Alice, based on the game from American McGee in 2006. Alice is expected to be released summer 2007.

She has a total of 8 movies in different stages of production as of this moment.

On September 1, 2002, Gellar 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, Gellar 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.

Gellar 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.

She is set to star in a new CBS TV series titled, "The Crazy Ones".

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Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress; Known for "The Grudge" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Biography

She 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 indie films such as Harvard Man (2001).

Gellar was born in New York City, the only child of Jewish American parents Arthur Gellar and Rosellen, a nursery school teacher. 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 TV movie starring Valerie Harper, Carol Kane and Jeff Daniels. At the audition, Gellar 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 herself, who appeared in court as a witness for the defense. The dispute was settled out of court.

Gellar then continued to make commercials while having small parts in TV. In 1984, her parents divorced and she was brought up by her mother on the Upper East Side. She was estranged from her father, Arthur Gellar, from this time until his death from liver cancer on October 9, 2001.

Gellar then attended New York's Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. The same year she 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.

Gellar 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 1988. Gellar held a straight-A average and became a competent figure skater.

Her 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.

Gellar'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, 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 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, 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.

Gellar sang several of the songs during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More, with Feeling", which spawned an original cast album.

Gellar has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, FHM, Rolling Stone, and dozens more. She 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 Sexiest 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, she 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.

Her next film was Cruel Intentions, a modern-day retelling of Les Liaisons Dangereuses; this movie included a lesbian kiss between Gellar and Selma Blair. In 1999, she also appeared in the Stone Temple Pilots music video Sour Girl.

She then played a lead role in James Toback's critically unsuccessful Harvard Man (2001), followed by box office success as Daphne in Scooby-Doo, a live-action adaption of the cartoon series. Despite being universally panned by critics, the movie was highly popular with audiences, and she also appeared in the movie's sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).

In 2004, David Wirtschafter, the president of the William Morris Agency, which represented Gellar, 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 Michelle 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.

In 2006, she 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. She will appear briefly in The Grudge 2, 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.

Gellar is expected to start filming Alice, based on the game from American McGee in 2006. Alice is expected to be released summer 2007.

She has a total of 8 movies in different stages of production as of this moment.

On September 1, 2002, Gellar 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, Gellar 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.

Gellar 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.

She is set to star in a new CBS TV series titled, "The Crazy Ones".

Sarah Michelle Gellar Videos

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar on why she is a SheKnows Expert - YouTube
  • Alt Winter 2016 with Sarah Michelle Gellar on Vimeo

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  • How to book Sarah Michelle Gellar?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sarah Michelle Gellar for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sarah Michelle Gellar, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sarah Michelle Gellar or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sarah Michelle Gellar?

    Booking fees for Sarah Michelle Gellar, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sarah Michelle Gellar, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sarah Michelle Gellar?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sarah Michelle Gellar for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sarah Michelle Gellar for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sarah Michelle Gellar or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sarah Michelle Gellar or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sarah Michelle Gellar for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Sarah Michelle Gellar generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Richard Dreyfuss, Debra Messing, Alicia Silverstone, Henry Winkler and Adam Sandler. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sarah Michelle Gellar for an upcoming event.

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    Alt Winter 2016 with Sarah Michelle Gellar on Vimeo

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