Hey, it's Sarah Michelle Gellar's birthday! While you can currently see her on The CW's "Ringer" (at least for another week), she'll always be best remembered for her years as Buffy Summers on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
But to reduce Gellar to a single role, even a career-defining one like Buffy, isn't really indicative of the depth of her resume. According to IMDB, she's been credited as an actress (either live action or voice) in 42 roles since her debut in 1983, and that doesn't even include her famed Burger King commercial, for which she was banned from McDonald's.
So instead of focusing on Buffy -- which I do plenty of on this site already -- instead I'll pick my five favorite NON-Buffy SMG roles, with apologies to "All My Children", her pre-Buffy career-defining role that I never watched.
5. Siobhan Martin/Bridget Kelly - "Ringer"
So many Sarahs! This show hasn't drawn in ratings like I'd hoped it would, meaning it's likely done after next week's season finale, but getting a double-dose of Sarah Michelle Gellar every week for a full TV season has been pretty awesome.
4. Karen - "The Grudge"
Even though I didn't watch "Buffy" until it was off the air, I didn't watch "The Grudge" until after I'd seen "Buffy". By that point, I totally saw SMG as Buffy, which meant this movie was weird for me, because I kept waiting for her to go into Buffy mode and just kick ass. It's not that kind of movie, obviously.
3. Veronika Deklava - "Veronika Decides to Die"
This movie never got a proper U.S. release, so very few people have seen it, which is a shame, because it's amazing. Sadly, it's not even available on Netflix, but you can buy it on Amazon (as an import from Sweden), which I highly recommend if you're an SMG fan.
2. Helen Shivers - "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
Between Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt, this movie is on hottie overload. This was actually the first DVD I ever owned, even before I had a DVD player (due to a shipping quirk), and I've probably seen the movie 20 times since it came out in 1997.
1. Kathryn Merteuil - "Cruel Intentions"
I was working at my college newspaper when this came out in 1999, and we got a bunch of promotional material from the studio to give away, including the official poster: this one. That poster was a staple of my dorm room for the next three years. I'm pretty sure I still have it somewhere in my basement. Hell, I might try and find it later today. After watching "Cruel Intentions" of course.