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Michelle Trachtenberg
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Michelle Trachtenberg, 2008
Born 11 October 1985 (1985-Template:Pad2digit-Template:Pad2digit) (age 31)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress

Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is an American television and film actress. She is known for her roles as Dawn Summers in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl .

Early life

Trachtenberg was born in New York City, the youngest of two daughters of Lana, a bank manager, and Michael Trachtenberg, a optical fiber engineer. Her father is from Germany and her mother was born in Russia; Trachtenberg can speak Russian fluently. Her family is Jewish and Trachtenberg celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah; her grandparents live in Israel. Trachtenberg was raised, along with older sister Irene, in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, where she attended P.S. 99 Elementary School and The Bay Academy for the Arts And Sciences Junior High School. She later attended Notre Dame High School with Katharine McPhee, Rachel Bilson, and Kirsten Dunst.

Career

Michelle Trachtenberg at Marc Jacobs

Trachtenberg in September 2007

Trachtenberg made her first television appearance at the age of three, in a commercial for Wisk Detergent. She went on to feature in over 100 more commercials. She appeared in her first credited role as Nona F. Mecklenberg in The Adventures of Pete & Pete from 1994 until 1996. During the same period she played Lily Montgomery in All My Children, in which she first worked with future Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Trachtenberg's film career began in 1996 with the lead role in Harriet the Spy. She then returned to television for Meego, for which she won a Young Artist Award. She returned to film in 1999 for Inspector Gadget, as the gadget-master's niece, Penny. She also starred in the film Can't Be Heaven. In the summer of 2000, Trachtenberg took up the role of Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She remained in the role until the show ended in 2003. She also hosted the Discovery Kids series Truth or Scare from 2001 to 2003. After Buffy and Truth or Scare, she returned to film in the comedy film EuroTrip, co-starring Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts and Travis Wester and directed by Jeff Schaffer. She also had a recurring role in the HBO series Six Feet Under as Celeste, a spoiled pop star for whom Keith Charles served as a bodyguard.

In March 2005, Trachtenberg played the title character in Walt Disney Pictures' family comedy–drama Ice Princess with Kim Cattrall. In the film, Trachtenberg played a science whiz named Casey Carlyle who gives up her future academic life in order to pursue her newfound dream of being a professional figure skater.

In April 2006 Trachtenberg guest-starred in the episode of House, M.D., "Safe". She revealed on the December 22, 2006, episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brien that House is her favorite show, she is friends with one of the producers and she asked to be a guest star.

In November 2006, Trachtenberg guest-starred in the sixth season of the Emmy-nominated crime drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the episode "Weeping Willow", she played the role of Willow, a kidnapped video blogger based on lonelygirl15. Trachtenberg also made a cameo in the Fall Out Boy music video for "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" (with fellow Buffy cast member Seth Green), Joaquin Phoenix-directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside, and Trapt's video "Echo". In 2007, she was cast as the female lead in an ABC comedy pilot called The Hill, set in Washington, D.C. Trachtenberg provided the voice of Tika Waylan for Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, a direct-to-video animated movie based on the novel of the same name.

Trachtenberg appeared on The CW hit show Gossip Girl as Georgina Sparks, who recently left rehab and brings back the dark past Serena van der Woodsen desperately wants to leave behind. She returned to the show for a multi-episode story arc towards the end of the second season. Trachtenberg appeared in the season 3 finale and the season 4 premiere. In 2009, Trachtenberg was a cast member on the NBC drama Mercy, the series however was not renewed for a second season.

Trachtenberg appeared in the 2009 film 17 Again alongside Zac Efron, Sterling Knight and Matthew Perry. She had a small role in the comedy film Cop Out.

Filmography

Films

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Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1995 Melissa Lena uncredited
1996 Harriet the Spy Harriet M. Welsch Harriet the spy
1996 Christmas in My Hometown Noelle Murphy a.k.a. A Holiday for Love
1998 Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Gloria
1999 Inspector Gadget Penny Inspector Gadget
2000 A Father's Choice Kelly McClain
Can't Be Heaven Julie
2004 EuroTrip Jenny
Mysterious Skin Wendy
2005 Ice Princess Casey Carlyle
Leading role
Ice Princess
The Dive From Clausen's Pier Carrie Bell The Dive From Clausen's Pier
2006 Beautiful Ohio Sandra
Black Christmas Melissa
2007 The Hill Maggie Rogers
2008 Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Tika voice-only
The Circuit Kylie Shines
2009 17 Again Maggie O'Donnell
Against the Current Suzanne
2010 Cop Out Ava Monroe
Kids in America Kitchelle Storms
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Bar Girl voice-only

Television

Television
Year Series Role Notes
1991 Law & Order Dinah Driscoll Episode "God Bless the Child"; Uncredited
1993 Clarissa Explains It all Elsie Soaperstein
1993–1996 All My Children Lily Benton Montgomery #1
1994–1996 The Adventures of Pete and Pete Nona F. Mecklenberg Recurring role, season 2; regular role, season 3
1996 Dave's World Angela
Space Cases Prankster #1
1997 Meego Maggie Parker
1998 Guys Like Us Katie
2000–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dawn Summers
Regular role
(66 episodes)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Dawn Summers
2001–2003 Truth or Scare Herself
2004 Best Week Ever
Six Feet Under Celeste 4 episodes
2006 House M.D. Melinda Bardach Episode "Safe"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lisa Willow Tyler Episode "Weeping Willow"
2006–2007 Robot Chicken Dina Lohan, Woman, Wife, Cleaning Woman, Woman, Mugging Victim, Gummi-Bear voice-only
2008–2010 Gossip Girl Georgina Sparks Recurring role; 13 episodes
2009–2010 Mercy Chloe Payne Regular role; 22 episodes
2009–present The Super Hero Squad Show Valkyrie voice only

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