Before the evening of March 10, 1997, Sarah Michelle Gellar was a former child actress and soap opera star searching for her breakout role. After that night she became immortalized as Buffy Summers, slayer of vampires and leader of the Scooby gang. The premiere of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer on The WB exactly twenty years ago today transformed Gellar and the rest of the show’s cast into genre show royalty, who will be permanently identified with their characters for the rest of their careers. On the show’s 20th anniversary, we look back at who they were before they became part of Buffy.
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