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Michelle Trachtenberg


Birth name:

Michelle Christine Trachtenberg






New York, New York, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Dawn Summers on Buffy


5' 7" (1.70 m)


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Michelle Trachtenberg - Biography


Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is an American television and film actress. She is perhaps best known for playing Dawn Summers in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the show's final three seasons, Penny in the 1999 film adaptation of Inspector Gadget, and Harriet M. Welch in Harriet the Spy. Trachtenberg also played Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl, and she has recently appeared in the movie 17 Again, as Maggie. She is currently one of the stars in the fall 2009 NBC drama Mercy.

Trachtenberg was born in New York City, the younger of two daughters of Lana, a bank manager, and Michael Trachtenberg, a fiber-optics 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.

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 Truth or Scare from 2001 to 2003. After Buffy and Truth or Scare, she returned to film in the comedy movie 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. Trachtenberg also said she has a crush on Hugh Laurie, and during the scene in the elevator in which House searches her genital area for a tick, Trachtenberg said she played a joke on Laurie by putting a note between her legs that read "I ♥ You".
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 the Vampire Slayer 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 will be appearing in at least three episodes of the third season. Beginning in fall 2009, Trachtenberg is a cast member on the NBC drama Mercy.
Trachtenberg appeared in the 2009 movie 17 Again alongside Zac Efron, Sterling Knight and Matthew Perry.
She has a small role in the upcoming comedy film Cop Out.


Michelle Trachtenberg - Personal Quotes


"I love gardening. I think it's very therapeutic when you're having a bad day."

[On being involved in a Buffy spin-off] "I didn't see myself continuing as Dawn because I like to have diversity in my roles. A lot of people are like: "Oh my God! Little Dawn grew up!" And as much as I love you guys, suck it up."

[On why she chose not to continue her role as Dawn Summers] "I felt like every year, my character got younger as I got older. The scripts even had me speaking grammatically incorrectly. So I had to do something else. Besides, the show is over. If you miss it, get the DVDs."

[on the future of Buffy] "I'm sure that in some way, shape or form "Buffy" will be continued or the story, through the fans, because we do have such devoted fans and that's always been very sweet."

"One day I'd like to win an Oscar. But, I tell my mom if I ever get to be rude and demanding to let me know and I'll stop it. I don't want to be an actor like that."

"My confidence comes from me, Michelle, as a person. I don't necessarily believe that I will act and be a lead forever, but I want to continue to act for a long time. I love to do what I do."

"A fashion editor at Vogue, that would be awesome." (On her dream job)

"Anything you throw at me, I'll try to tackle."

"I adore London and Paris, and I hope to live in London for a period of time when I'm older."

"I love tennis. I tried gymnastics at one point, but my tush got a whole lot of black and blue so that wasn't fun."


Michelle Trachtenberg - Filmography


Young Americans (2010) .... Kitchelle Storms
Cop Out (2010)
"Mercy" .... Nurse Chloe Payne (14 episodes, 2009-2010)
- I Have a Date (2010) TV episode .... Nurse Chloe Payne
- Can We Talk About the Gigantic Elephant in the Ambulance? (2010) TV episode .... Nurse Chloe Payne
- Wake Up, Bill (2010) TV episode .... Nurse Chloe Payne
- We're All Adults (2010) TV episode .... Nurse Chloe Payne
- I Saw This Pig and I Thought of You (2010) TV episode .... Nurse Chloe Payne
(9 more)
"The Super Hero Squad Show" .... Valkyrie (2 episodes, 2009)
- Invader from the Dark Dimension (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Valkyrie
- Mental Organism Designed Only for Kissing (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Valkyrie
"Gossip Girl" .... Georgina Sparks (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
- Rufus Getting Married (2009) TV episode .... Georgina Sparks
- The Lost Boy (2009) TV episode .... Georgina Sparks
- The Freshmen (2009) TV episode .... Georgina Sparks
- The Goodbye Gossip Girl (2009) TV episode .... Georgina Sparks
- The Wrath of Con (2009) TV episode .... Georgina Sparks
(5 more)
17 Again (2009) .... Maggie O'Donnell
Against the Current (2009) .... Suzanne
The Circuit (2008) (TV) .... Kylie Shines
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (2008) (V) (voice) .... Tika
... aka A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Tale (USA: subtitle)
"Robot Chicken" .... Woman / ... (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
- Tapping a Hero (2007) TV episode (voice) .... Woman/Wife
- Dragon Nuts (2006) TV episode (voice) .... Cleaning Woman / Mugging Victim / Woman
- Celebrity Rocket (2006) TV episode (voice) .... Dina Lohan
The Hill (2007) (TV) .... Maggie Rogers
Black Christmas (2006) .... Melissa
... aka Black X-Mas (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Noël noir (Canada: French title)
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" .... Lisa Willow Tyler (1 episode, 2006)
... aka Law & Order: CI (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- Weeping Willow (2006) TV episode .... Lisa Willow Tyler
Beautiful Ohio (2006) .... Sandra
"House M.D." .... Melinda Bardach (1 episode, 2006)
... aka House (South Africa: English title) (USA: short title)
- Safe (2006) TV episode .... Melinda Bardach
The Dive from Clausen's Pier (2005) (TV) .... Carrie Beal
Ice Princess (2005) .... Casey Carlyle
... aka Une princesse sur la glace (Canada: French title)
Mysterious Skin (2004) .... Wendy
"Six Feet Under" .... Celeste (4 episodes, 2004)
- Coming and Going (2004) TV episode .... Celeste
- The Dare (2004) TV episode .... Celeste
- Can I Come Up Now? (2004) TV episode .... Celeste
- Parallel Play (2004) TV episode .... Celeste
"Best Week Ever" (1 episode, 2004)
... aka Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins (USA: new title)
- 50 Worst Songs, Britney's New Video and More (2004) TV episode
EuroTrip (2004) .... Jenny
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" .... Dawn Summers (66 episodes, 2000-2003)
... aka BtVS (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Buffy (USA: short title)
... aka Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: The Series (USA: long title)
- Chosen (2003) TV episode .... Dawn Summers
- End of Days (2003) TV episode .... Dawn Summers
- Touched (2003) TV episode .... Dawn Summers
- Empty Places (2003) TV episode .... Dawn Summers
- Dirty Girls (2003) TV episode .... Dawn Summers
(61 more)
Can't Be Heaven (2000) .... Julie
A Father's Choice (2000) (TV) .... Kelly McClain
Inspector Gadget (1999) .... Penny
Ri˘hie Ri˘h's Christmas Wish (1998) (V) .... Gloria
... aka Richie Rich'$ Christmas Wish (USA: promotional title)
... aka Richie Rich: A Christmas Story
"Guys Like Us" .... Katie (1 episode, 1998)
- Maestro's First Crush (1998) TV episode .... Katie
"Meego" .... Maggie Parker (1 episode, 1997)
- Halloween (1997) TV episode .... Maggie Parker
Christmas in My Hometown (1996) (TV) .... Noelle Murphy
... aka A Holiday for Love (UK) (USA)
... aka Christmas in My Hometown (Canada: English title)
"Space Cases" .... Prankster #1 (1 episode, 1996)
- All You Can Eaty (1996) TV episode .... Prankster #1
"Dave's World" .... Angela (1 episode, 1996)
- Solitaire (1996) TV episode .... Angela
Harriet the Spy (1996) .... Harriet M. Welsch
"The Adventures of Pete & Pete" .... Nona Mecklenberg (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
... aka Pete and Pete (USA: short title)
- 35 Hours (1996) TV episode .... Nona Mecklenberg
- Last Laugh (1995) TV episode .... Nona Mecklenberg
- The Good, the Bad, and the Lucky (1995) TV episode .... Nona Mecklenberg
- Time Tunnel (1994) TV episode .... Nona Mecklenberg
- Farewell, My Little Viking: Part 2 (1994) TV episode .... Nona Mecklenberg
(5 more)
Melissa (1995) (uncredited) .... Lena
... aka Secret Sins (USA: video title)
"All My Children" (1970) TV series .... Lilly Benton Montgomery #1 (unknown episodes, 1993-1996)
... aka All My Children: The Summer of Seduction (USA: promotional title)
"Clarissa Explains It All" .... Elsie Soaperstein (1 episode, 1993)
... aka Clarissa (USA: short title)
- Babysitting (1993) TV episode .... Elsie Soaperstein
"Law & Order" .... Dinah Driscoll (1 episode, 1991)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- God Bless the Child (1991) TV episode (uncredited) .... Dinah Driscoll


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