Michelle Trachtenberg Biography

Michelle Trachtenberg is an American actress and model who decided in her teenage to pursue a career in acting. She became famous and was noticed by the public after playing the role of Dawn Summers in her movie, “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”, Harriet M. Welsch in “Harriet the Spy” and Georgina Sparks in “Gossip Girl.” Apart from being a model and an actress, she is also a writer and a producer.

Early Life

On October 11, 1985, Michelle Trachtenberg was born in New York, the United States to her Russian mother Lana who is a bank manager, and her German father Michael who is a fiber optics engineer, and her grandparents lived in Israel. She was raised in Brooklyn with her elder sister, Irene, and studied at The Bay Academy for the Arts and Science in Brooklyn. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.

Michelle Trachtenberg Career

Michelle started her career at the age of 3 when she first appeared in a TV commercial advertisement for Wisk detergent. She was one of the lucky ones to be featured in more than 100 commercials. She was then seen on television series. Her first role was in the second season of Law and Order and her first credited role was as Nona F. Mecklenberg on the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete and Pete in which she was seen from 1994 to 1996. At the same time, she played the role of Lili Montgomery on the soap opera “All My Children.” Her career in the film industry began in 1996 with the title role in “Harriet the Spy,” for which she had to leave “The Adventures of Pete and Pete” during its third season.

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After that, she was again seen in Meego, which was a television series. Though it didn’t last long she was awarded the Young Artist Award for her role in it. She again returned to the film industry in 1999 in the movie Inspector Gadget. In 2000, she played the role of Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which she worked for almost 4 years when the show came to an end in 2003. She even hosted the Discovery Kids series Truth or Scare from 2001 to 2003. Trachtenberg gained world recognition after she lent her voice in “Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight” which was direct to video animated film based on the novel. She even appeared in the CW hit show “Gossip Girl” in which she played the role of Georgina Sparks.

Social Media

Michelle Trachtenberg is showered with love by her fans on screen and on her social media as well. Therefore, she keeps her fans updated by sharing pictures and stories on social media. Michelle has an Instagram handle with the username @michelletrachtenberg. She has 721K followers on Instagram and has posted 1254 posts to date. She even has a Twitter account which she joined in January 2011 with the username @RealMichelleT with 339K followers and 345 followings.

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Michelle Trachtenberg Biography

Real Name Michelle Christine Trachtenberg
Birth Date October 11, 1985
Age (as of 2022) 37 Years
Birth Place New York, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession Actress
Religion Judaism
Sun sign Libra

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimetres – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 59 kg  –  in Pounds –  130 lbs
Shoe Size 8 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Average


Father Michael Trachtenberg
Mother Lana
Sister Irene Trachtenberg
Brother None


School P.S. 99 Elementary School, The Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences
College Notre Dame High School

Relationship Status

Marital Status In a Relationship
Affair Yes
Who is her boyfriend? Jay Cohen

Personal Life

Michelle Trachtenberg has a long dating history. In 2004, she dated Shawn Ashmore for two years but later they both parted ways. She dated Brandon Hirsch, but soon they broke up as Michelle started dating Jason Lewis in 2007. Later in 2008, she dated Scott Sanford however, after a year, they decided to get engaged and went according to plan in September 2009, but they did not get married later. As per the latest reports, she is in a relationship with her talent manager Jay Cohen, however, none of them has confirmed this publicly.

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Michelle Trachtenberg Net Worth

Trachtenberg is very passionate about her work and is really dedicated to it. Due to her hard work, she earns a quite considerable amount. She owns a number four spot with an estimated net worth of $10 million. She has a list of many TV shows or series like Gossip Girl, Robot Chicken, etc, and films like Black Christmas, 17 again, and many more which play the main role in reaching this spot.


  • Michelle is the youngest in her family and believes in unicorns.
  • She started her career at the age of 3.
  • Michelle got world recognition after the release of Gossip Girls.
  • She is mostly active on Instagram and Twitter.
  • Michelle was engaged to Scott Sanford but they did not marry.

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