Sarah Michelle Gellar

Gellar in 2007, photo by s_bukley /

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 14, 1977

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sarah Michelle Gellar is an American actress and producer. She is known for starring as Buffy Summers on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as for her lead roles in the films I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scooby-Doo, The Grudge, and many others.

Sarah is the daughter of Rosellen and Arthur Gellar. Her parents were/are both Jewish. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants.

Sarah is married to actor Freddie Prinze, Jr., with whom she has two children.

Sarah’s paternal grandfather was Henry Gellar/Geller (the son of Leon Gellar/Geller and Sarah Levinson). Henry was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

Sarah’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Glaser (the daughter of Abraham Glaser and Sarah Volin/Wolinsky). Beatrice was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Abraham was the son of Morris/Chaim Aryha Glaser and Bessie Horowitz. Sarah’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Max Wolinsky.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Morris Greenfeld (the son of Bernat Greenfeld/Greenfield and Rosa Frischman/Frischmann). Rosa was the daughter of Moshe Frishman/Frischmann, who was born in Sátoraljaújhely, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, and of Feiga Tolza Lefkovitz, who was born in Berczel, Szabolcs, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg.

Sarah’s maternal grandmother was named Irene Schwartz (the daughter of Arnold “Hyman” Schwartz and Helen Johanna).

Sources: Genealogy of Sarah Michelle Gellar –

Marriage record of Sarah’s paternal grandparents, Henry Gellar/Geller and Beatrice Glaser –

Sarah’s paternal grandfather, Henry Gellar/Geller, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Sarah’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Glaser, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Sarah’s aunt (Sarah’s mother’s sister), Arlene (Greenfield) Gopen –


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22 Responses

  1. Meg says:

    Buffy was great.

  2. Carolina says:

    Gellar is a jewish name like Monica Gellar in Friends who was a Jewish American.

  3. canadagirl92 says:

    She’s beautiful.

  4. worldgirl says:

    Loved her on Buffy.

  5. John says:

    “Gellar” is usually a Jewish surname.

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