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MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG (Maggie) next co-stars in the comedy "Young Americans,” with Topher Grace and Anna Faris, opening in April 2009. She also costars with Joseph Fiennes in the independent drama "Against the Current,” which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. On the small screen, she can presently be seen in the recurring role of Georgina Sparks on the popular CW series "Gossip Girl.”

In 2006, Trachtenberg starred in director Chad Lowe's acclaimed coming-of-age tale "Beautiful Ohio,” alongside William Hurt and Rita Wilson. The film screened at several festivals, including the Sarasota Film Festival, where Trachtenberg won the Breakthrough Performer Award. Her recent film work also includes the horror film "Black Christmas,” with Oliver Hudson and Lacey Chabert; the title role in "Ice Princess”; Gregg Araki's independent drama "Mysterious Skin”; and the ensemble comedy "EuroTrip.”

A familiar face to television audiences, Trachtenberg starred last year in the telefilm "The Circuit,” opposite Bill Campbell. In addition, she has had regular, recurring or guest roles on many series, including her current stint on "Gossip Girl,” as well as an earlier recurring role on HBO's award-winning series "Six Feet Under.” However, she is perhaps best known for the starring role of Dawn Summers on the hit show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Young Actress in a Drama Series. In addition, she earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work as the host/narrator of the Discovery's "Truth or Scare.”

Trachtenberg was already a busy child actress when, at age 10, she won the title role of the film "Harriet the Spy,” winning a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film. She later starred opposite Matthew Broderick in the action comedy "Inspector Gadget.”

In 2003, Trachtenberg was named one of "20 Teens Who Will Change the World” by Teen People Magazine. She has also served as a spokesperson for such charities as R.A.D.D., DARE America, and the Starlight Children's Foundation. She also had the honor of representing the youth of America when then-President Clinton launched the "Coalition for a Drug Free America” campaign.

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