Nirvana was the biggest buzz band of last week, so we guess it’s okay to get stuck in the ’90s as we celebrate the birthday of Sarah Michelle Gellar–who may be enjoying sitcom stardom right now on The Crazy Ones, but who first won over a generation of adolescents as the star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. To be fair, Sarah Michelle Gellar was just fronting a cast of incredible babes that could raise the undead. Buffy inspired a generation of guys with otherwordly fantasies about gals like Charisma Carpenter, Eliza Dushku, and even the quirky/sexy Alyson Hannigan.
There was also young Michelle Trachtenberg, who certainly turned out fine. But let’s not forget that it was the star power of Sarah Michelle Gellar who helped make Buffy a smash. We should probably also credit show creator Josh Whedon, who’s currently ruling the universe with his Marvel Studios’ work on The Avengers–but Sarah also was an aspiring big-screen starlet in her Buffy years, too.
Of course, Sarah was pretty much an unknown when she was drafted to help launch a new network called The WB back in 1996. Thing didn’t look particularly promising, either. It was a series built around a 1992 box-office disappointment that had pretty much killed the career of Kristy Swanson. The small-screen Buffy got great reviews, though, and Sarah was soon in the multiplexes in the 1997 mainstream slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer. She also showed up in that year’s Scream 2, and made guys feel really grown up in the sensationally sexy teen-scandal drama Cruel Intentions.
Sarah also joined Linda Cardellini in turning sexy cartoons into real life in the big-screen Scooby-Doo movies. Then she got back to adult subjects with 2001′s Harvard Man. Sadly, Sarah’s post-Buffy career got derailed when she got romantic with The Rock in the ambitious misfire of Southland Tales. She went back to the small screen with the quickly-canceled Ringer, but now she’s enjoying strong ratings with Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones–where one episode had her reenacting her lesbian liplock with Selma Blair from Cruel Intentions. Yeah, we have pics of both of those moments right here, along with lot of other photos to remind you why Buffy is still on night patrol in plenty of guys’ dreams…