Scooby Doo - The Daphne/Gellar files

Tribute by Jack Foley

ONE of the original and one of the best 'damsels-in distress', blonde bombshell Daphne Blake first appeared on television on September 13, 1969.

Aged just 16-years-old and 5ft 7ins tall, Daphne bubbles with a resilient spirit and is keen on becoming a mystery writer. Her father's wealth allows Mystery Inc, the privilege of using the Mystery Machine, boats, wireless radios and other devices. Daphne's single drawback lies in her danger-prone nature. She is truly trouble's target.

Her favourite phrases in the cartoons include, 'Jeepers!', 'Would you do it for A Scooby Snack,' and 'This place gives me goosebumps'. Daphne's voice is played by Heather North.

In Scooby Doo, the movie, she is played by none other than Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar and is transformed from a kidnap-prone bimbo to an arse-kicking super-babe, capable of mixing it with the best of Scooby's enemies. What better reason, then, to pay tribute to Daphne herself.... Mrs Gellar.

Some really useless Daphne facts:

l After Daphne left Mysteries, Inc., she became a writer for a mystery magazine.
l The Mystery Mobile belongs to Daphne's dad, but for some reason Fred always gets to drive.
l Daphne's Uncle Maxwell is a director of Hollywood horror movies.
l Daphne just laughs at Scooby's 'fraidy-cat ways.
lEven after Fred and Velma left the gang, Daphne stayed on to solve mysteries with Shaggy and Scooby.
lVelma and Daphne share a passion for solving mysteries.

And some equally useless Sarah Michelle Gellar facts:

l She was born on April 14, 1977.
l She loves watching The Princess Bride.
l She appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman when she was only five
l She used to be a competitive figure skater.
l She's modelled, been in commercials, and loads of movies, and won an Emmy for her work on All My Children.
l She recently married Scooby Doo co-star Freddie Prinze Jr, breaking the hearts of yong male suitors the world over.
l She has been voted the World's Sexiest Woman by readers of FHM magazine.
l One of the most eagerly anticipated scenes from the Scooby Doo movie - involving a spot of tonsil tennis between Gellar and co-star Linda Cardellini (Velma) during a 'protoplasmic' mishap - has been cut from the release following complaints from parents at test screenings.
l The actress is no stranger to on-screen lesbian snogging, having swapped saliva with Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions (she admits there was a saliva trail!).

RELATED LINKS: Click here to get to the official Daphne Blake website...
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