(PCM) Buffy Summers, a.k.a. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a.k.a. “The Chosen One” was born on this day in 1981.
Created by writer, director and geek superstar Joss Whedon (also famous for fan favorites like Firefly and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), cheeky cheerleader-turned-vampire-killer Buffy Summers first appeared in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Kristy Swanson and Donald Sutherland.
Former soap star Sarah Michelle Gellar reprised the role in the 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, along with an ensemble cast of monsters, misfit teens, and a dourly handsome British librarian. The show aired for seven seasons and spawned a Buffyverse of related novels, comics, games and toys, as well as countless wikis, blogs, fan fiction and art. Buffy is also the darling of academia; the show is considered the most studied work of pop culture for its influence on everything from vampire mythology to modern feminism.
Although any resurrection (get it? Resurrection? Vampires?) of the show seems unlikely, Buffy lives on in the hearts of her legions of fans. So slay a piece of cake today in her honor. Happy Birthday Buffy!