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Birth name: Michelle Christine Trachtenberg
Height : 5' 7"
Has a sister, Irene
She worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar on "All My Children" before "Buffy" and they were good friends. Sarah was the one who recommended Michelle for the part of Dawn.
She grew up in New York but moved to LA three years ago with her mom. Her dad still lives in LA. Her sister Irene recently graduated from college.
Appeared at the Excel centre at a Sci-fi expo alongside Kristine Sutherland (May 2002)
A senior at Notre Dame high school in Sherman Oaks, California
Michelle Trachtenberg is anything but an ordinary 17-year-old. Currently, the actress plays the mystery-laden character of Buffy's little sister Dawn Summers on UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in Harriet the Spy, opposite Rosie O'Donnell, for which she won the Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film award from Young Artists of Hollywood.
A native New Yorker, Trachtenberg began her acting career at the age of four when she appeared in her first television commercial. Since then, she has appeared in over 100 national spots and in starring roles both in film and on television.
In 1999, Trachtenberg starred opposite Matthew Broderick in the live-action feature film Inspector Gadget. Her other feature credits include roles in the independent films Can't Be Heaven, The Cage and Melissa.
Daytime television fans will remember Trachtenberg from her role as the autistic Lily Montgomery on All My Children, at which time the drama also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. She was also a series regular on the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Trachtenberg's other television credits include guest starring roles on Meego, Guys Like Us, Figure It Out, Dave's World, Law & Order, Saturday Night Live, Clarissa Explains It All and Space Cases, as well as the television movies A Father's Choice opposite Peter Strauss and Mary McDonnell, and Christmas in Our Home Town with Melissa Gilbert.
For the past seven years, Trachtenberg has been an active spokesperson for R.A.D.D., DARE America, The Starlight Foundation and many others. Her contributions to the fight against drugs earned her the prestigious responsibility of representing the youth of America at CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, where she helped President Clinton launch The Coalition for a Drug Free America campaign.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys swimming, rollerblading, ice-skating, bicycling and writing short stories.
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