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Michelle Trachtenberg


Michelle Christine Trachtenberg


October 11, 1985


New York City, USA



Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is an American actress.

Early Life[]

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; Michelle can speak Russian fluently. Michelle is of Jewish heritage, and celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah; her grandparents live in Israel. Michelle was raised, along with her 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.


Michelle made her first television appearance at the age of three, in a commercial for Wisk Detergent. She went on to feature in over one hundred 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.

Michelle's film career began in 1996 with the lead role in Harriet the Spy. During this time, she had a recurring role in season 2 of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which later she became a regular. 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 of Scare from 2001 to 2003. After Buffy and Truth of 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, Michelle played the title character in Walt Disney Pictures' family comedy drama Ice Princess with Kim Cattrall, Joan Cusack and Hayden Panettiere. 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 favourite 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, she played the role of Willow, a kidnapped video blogger based on Lonelygirl15. Michelle also made a cameo in the Fall Out Boy music video for "This Ain't A Scene, It's an Arms Race", Joaquin Phoenix- directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside, and Trapt's video Echo. In December 2006, Trachtenberg starred in Black Christmas, the remake of the 1974 slasher of the same name. 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.

On June 9, 2011, Michelle guest starred on Love Bites as Jodie, who, after being unceremoniously dumped, decides, with a vengeance, to accept her ex's offer to be friends. She reprised the role on June 16, 2011, where Jodie augments her friend Annie's bust with so called chicken cutlets, which later embarassingly slip out. She finally reprised the role on July 21, 2011, in the series finale, where Jodie and her on-again boyfriend are tormented, to the point of homelessness, by bed bugs.

On June 28, 2011, it was announced Trachtenberg would guest star on Weeds during its seventh season. Her character Emma is a rival pot dealer who causes problems for Silas Botwin.

Trachtenberg returned to film with the 2009 picture 17 again alongside Zac Effron, Sterling Knight and Matthew Perry. She also had a small role in the comedy film Cop Out. In March 2011, she was the featured cover girl in Maxim.



Year Film Role
1995 Melissa Lena
1996 Harriet the Spy Harriet M. Welsch
1996 Christmas in My Hometown Noelle Murphy
1998 Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Gloria
1999 Inspector Gadget Penny
2000 A Father's Choice Kelly McClain
2000 Can't Be Heaven Julie
2004 EuroTrip Jenny
2004 Mysterious Skin Wendy
2005 Ice Princess Casey Carlyle
2005 The Dive From Clausen's Pier Carrie Bell
2006 Beautiful Ohio Sandra
2006 Black Christmas Melissa
2007 The Hill Maggie Rogers
2008 Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Tika
2008 The Circuit Kylie Shines
2009 17 Again Margaret 'Maggie' Sarah O'Donnell
2009 Against the Current Suzanne
2010 Cop Out Ava Monroe
2010 DC Showcase: Jonah Hex Bar Girl
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Ashley
Sexy Evil Genius Miranda Prague


Year Programme Role
1991 Law & Order Dinah Driscoll
1993 Clarissa Explains It All Elsie Soaperstein
1993-1996 All My Children Lily Benton Montgomery
1994-1996 The Adventures of Pete & Pete Nona F. Mecklenberg
1996 Dave's World Angela
1996 Space Cases Prankster
1997 Meego Maggie Parker
1998 Guys Like Us Katie
1998 Blues Clues Herself
2000-2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dawn Summers
2001-2003 Truth of Scare Herself
2004 Best Week Ever
2004 Six Feet Under Celeste
2006 House M.D. Melinda Bardach
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lisa Willow Tyler
2006-present Robot Chicken Various Roles
2008-present Gossip Girl Georgina Sparks
2009-2010 Mercy Chloe Payne
2009-present The Super Hero Squad Show Valkyrie
2011 Love Bites Jodie
2011 Weeds Emma Karlin