Michelle Trachtenberg

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Michelle Trachtenberg
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Trachtenberg in June 2008
BornMichelle Christine Trachtenberg
(1985-10-11) October 11, 1985 (age 29)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1991–present
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Michelle Trachtenberg
Trachtenberg (crop).jpg
Trachtenberg in June 2008
BornMichelle Christine Trachtenberg
(1985-10-11) October 11, 1985 (age 29)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1991–present

Michelle Christine Trachtenberg /ˈtræktənbɜrɡ/ (born October 11, 1985) is an American actress. She is known for portraying Nona F. Mecklenberg on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Dawn Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl. She has also appeared in films such as Harriet the Spy (1996), EuroTrip (2004), Ice Princess (2005), Black Christmas (2006), and 17 Again (2009).

Early life[edit]

Trachtenberg was born in New York City,[1] the younger of two daughters of Lana, a bank manager, and Michael Trachtenberg, a fiber-optics engineer.[2] Her father is German and her mother is Russian, and she is of Jewish descent,[3] with her grandparents living in Israel.[4] She was raised with her older sister Irene in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn where she attended the junior high school, The Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences.[5] She later attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.[6]


Trachtenberg made her first television appearance at the age of three, in a commercial for Wisk detergent.[7] She went on to feature in over 100 more commercials.[7] She appeared in her first credited role as Nona F. Mecklenberg on the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete from 1994 until 1996. During the same period she played Lily Montgomery on the soap opera All My Children.[8][9]

Trachtenberg at the Buffy the Vampire Slayer wrap party in 2003

Trachtenberg's film career began in 1996 with the title role in Harriet the Spy. During this time, she also began a recurring role in season two of the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, of which she later became a regular. She then starred in the short-lived television series Meego, which garnered her a Young Artist Award.[10] She returned to film in 1999 for Inspector Gadget. She also starred in the film Can't Be Heaven. In the summer of 2000, she took on the role of Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, remaining in the role until the show ended in 2003. She also hosted the Discovery Kids series Truth or Scare from 2001 to 2003.

After Buffy and Truth or Scare, Trachtenberg appeared in the comedy film EuroTrip. 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, she played the title character in Walt Disney Pictures' comedy drama Ice Princess. In the film, Trachtenberg played a science whiz named Casey Carlyle who is torn between a future in academia and her newfound dream of being a professional figure skater.

Trachtenberg in June 2008

In April 2006, Trachtenberg guest-starred in the episode of House, "Safe". She revealed on the December 22, 2006, episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien that House was her favorite show, and that she was friends with one of the producers and had asked to be a guest star.[11]

In November 2006, Trachtenberg guest starred in season six of the crime drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the episode "Weeping Willow", she played the role of Willow, a kidnapped video blogger, likely based on lonelygirl15. Trachtenberg also appeared in the Fall Out Boy music video for "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", the Joaquin Phoenix-directed music video for "Tired of Being Sorry" by Ringside, and the video for the Trapt song "Echo".

In 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, based on the newspaper of the same name in Washington, D.C.[12] She provided the voice of Tika Waylan for Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, a direct-to-video animated film based on the novel of the same name.[13]

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.[14] She returned to the show for a multi-episode story arc towards the end of season two.[15] Trachtenberg appeared in the season three finale and in season four. She also reappeared several times in season five, and in almost every episode of season six, the show's final season.[16] In 2009, Trachtenberg was a cast member on the NBC drama Mercy, the series lasted one season.

On June 9, 2011, Trachtenberg 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 and in the series finale on July 21, 2011. On June 28, it was announced Trachtenberg would guest star on Weeds during its seventh season.[17] Her character Emma is a rival pot dealer who causes problems for Silas Botwin. In June 2012, Trachtenberg was cast in the upcoming film The Scribbler, produced by Gabriel Cowan.[18]

On the Criminal Minds episode "Zugzwang", Trachtenberg played the criminal Diane Turner, being the stalker to Spencer Reid's girlfriend, Maeve Donovan. She returned to film with the 2009 film 17 Again. She also had a small role in the comedy film Cop Out.[19] In March 2011, she was the featured cover girl in Maxim.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Trachtenberg speaks Russian fluently.[21][22][23] She celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah.[24][25][9]



1996Harriet the SpyHarriet M. Welsch
1998Richie Rich's Christmas WishGloriaDirect-to-video
1999Inspector GadgetPenny
2000Can't Be HeavenJulie
2004Mysterious SkinWendy
2005Ice PrincessCasey Carlyle
2005The Dive From Clausen's PierCarrie
2006Beautiful OhioSandra
2006Black ChristmasMelissa Kitt
2008Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn TwilightTika (voice)Direct-to-video
2009Against the CurrentSuzanne
200917 AgainMargaret "Maggie" Sarah O'Donnell
2010Cop OutAva Monroe
2010DC Showcase: Jonah HexBar girl (voice)Short film
2011Take Me Home TonightAshley
2013Sexy Evil GeniusMiranda PragueDirect-to-video
2014Scribbler, TheThe ScribblerAlice


1991Law & OrderDinah DriscollEpisode: "God Bless the Child"; uncredited
1993Clarissa Explains It AllElsie SoapersteinEpisode: "Babysitting"
1993–96All My ChildrenLily Benton Montgomery #1Daytime drama
1994–96Adventures of Pete & Pete, TheThe Adventures of Pete & PeteNona F. Mecklenberg21 episodes
1996A Holiday for LoveNoelle MurphyMovie
1996Dave's WorldAngelaEpisode: "Solitaire"
1996Space CasesPrankster #1Episode: "All You Can Eaty"
1996Christmas in My HometownNoelle MurphyMovie
1997MeegoMaggie ParkerMain role (all 13 episodes)
1998Blue's CluesHerselfEpisode: "Blue's Birthday"
1998Reading RainbowHerself (voice)Episode: "Math Curse"
1998Guys Like UsKatieEpisode: "Maestro's First Crush"
1998–99Figure It OutHerself/Panelist12 episodes
2000Father's Choice, AA Father's ChoiceKelly McClainMovie
2000–03Buffy the Vampire SlayerDawn Summers66 episodes
2001–03Truth or ScareHost/narratorAll 20 episodes
2004Six Feet UnderCeleste4 episodes
2005Dive from Clausen's Pier, TheThe Dive from Clausen's PierCarrie BealMovie
2006HouseMelinda BardachEpisode: "Safe"
2006–12Robot ChickenVarious voices5 episodes
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentLisa Willow TylerEpisode: "Weeping Willow"
2007Hill, TheThe HillMaggie RogersUnsold ABC pilot
2008Circuit, TheThe CircuitKylie ShinesMovie
2008–12Gossip GirlGeorgina Sparks28 episodes
2009–10MercyChloe PayneMain role (all 22 episodes)
2009Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad ShowValkyrie (voice)2 episodes
2011Untitled Peter Knight PilotGracieUnsold CBS pilot
2011Love BitesJodie3 episodes
2011WeedsEmma Karlin5 episodes
2013Killing KennedyMarina OswaldMovie
2013Criminal MindsDiane TurnerEpisode: "Zugzwang"
2013NCIS: Los AngelesLily LockhartEpisode: "Merry Evasion"
2015Sleepy HollowAbigail Adams[26]Episode: "Pittura Infamante"

Awards and nominations[edit]

1997Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young ActressHarriet the SpyWon[27]
1998Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young ActressMeegoWon[28]
2000YoungStar AwardBest Young Actress in a Comedy FilmInspector GadgetNominated
2000Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young ActressInspector GadgetNominated[29]
2001Teen Choice AwardTV – Choice SidekickBuffy the Vampire SlayerNominated
2001Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Drama Series: Supporting Young ActressBuffy the Vampire SlayerWon[30]
2001Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionBuffy the Vampire SlayerNominated
2002Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young ActressTruth or ScareNominated[31]
2002Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Guest Starring Young ActressMADtvNominated
2002Saturn AwardBest Supporting Television ActressBuffy the Vampire SlayerNominated
2003Saturn AwardBest Supporting Television ActressBuffy the Vampire SlayerNominated
2004Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesTruth or ScareNominated[32]
2007Sarasota Film FestivalBreakthrough PerformerBeautiful OhioWon
2012Teen Choice AwardChoice TV VillainGossip GirlNominated


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