Sara Michelle Gellar played the role of Buffy Summers in the hit television program known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, actress Kristy Swanson first played this character in the film with the same name back in 1992. Kristy Swanson has been acting since 1986 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the best known films of her career. Her role as the original Buffy helped to pave the way for the future success of the television series.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a successful television show that aired between 1997 and 2003. One thing that made Buffy the Vampire Slayer so successful was the fact that she was one of the first female champions to battle against the forces of evil. Long before Kate Beckinsale became Selene in Udnerworld and Kristen Stewart became Bella in the Twilight series, Swanson’s character Buffy was already fighting against the forces of darkness.
Swanson’s Buffy was a cheerleader who was trained by a Watcher named Merrick (Donald Sutherland) to battle against her foes. She had mastered the art of steak throwing and had significantly improved her combat skills under his instruction. Unlike Beckinsale’s and Stewart’s characters; Swanon’s Buffy didn’t have any supernatural powers. She was chosen to fight against Dracula and his legions because she came from a long line of slayers. S
wanson probably did not realize it at the time but her role as Buffy made her one of the first successful vampire huntresses in television history.