Sarah Michelle Gellar Through the Years

A look back through the star's best known roles

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Makes her TV debut opposite Valerie Harper (holding Gellar) in the CBS movie An Invasion of Privacy, filmed when she was four. She had just been signed by an agent who spotted her in a Manhattan restaurant

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Appears as the long-lost daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) on ABC’s All My Children. “It was the best training ground,” says Gellar, who won the 1995 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama.

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Gains fame in the WB/UPN series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with David Boreanaz, above) as a teen charged with protecting her town from the undead. “I am proud and honored to have been part of it,” Gellar says. 

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Wins a starring role in the slasher movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, which becomes a box office smash. “This was the job,” she says, “where I learned how to use a washer and dryer!”

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Costars with Ryan Phillippe (above) in Cruel ­Intentions, a contemporary version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. “I remember stalking [director] Roger Kumble for the part,” she says

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Costars with husband Freddie Prinze Jr. (above) in the live-action commercial hits Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2. “I loved living in Australia,” Gellar says of the first film’s location.

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Stars as both a woman on the lam and her sophisticated twin sister in theCW drama Ringer. During one episode, she recalls struggling to hide her pregnancy “in a wedding gown—wedding gowns aren’t very forgiving!”

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First published in the November 2013 issue

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