She saved the world. A lot. Buffy Summers also ushered in a new wave of feminism for young women around the world as she battled back the demons of adolescence. The fact that they also happened to be actual demons was almost besides the point. Kristy Swanson gave the part her all in the 1992 feature film of the same name, but Buffy really came to life when Sarah Michelle Gellar was cast in the role for television by Joss Whedon. Gellar brought the angst, the humor and the staking, mastering them all over the course of the show’s seven season run and establishing Ms. Summers as one of the medium’s most progressive heroines.