Alicia Silverstone, (born October 4, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model. She first came to widespread attention in music videos for Aerosmith and later starred in Hollywood films such as Clueless and Batman & Robin.
Alicia Silverstone was born in San Francisco, California to Monty Silverstone, a real-estate investor, and Didi Radford, a former flight attendant. Silverstone’s father is English-born and her mother is Scottish. Her father, a native of East London, is Jewish and her mother converted to Judaism upon marrying Silverstone’s father. She attended San Mateo High School but did not complete her high school studies. Silverstone is the youngest of three children and also has a half-sister, London rock singer Kezi Silverstone, and a half-brother, David Silverstone, both from her father’s previous marriage. Silverstone visited England during the summer during her childhood. When she was six, she began modeling and was subsequently cast in television commercials, the first being for Domino’s Pizza. She acquired some early modeling and advertising work and was eventually cast as the ‘dream girl’ on American TV series The Wonder Years.
Silverstone won a leading part in the 1993 film The Crush, playing a girl who sets out to ruin an older man after her teenage crush is spurned; she won two awards at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards for the role for Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain. Silverstone became legally emancipated at the age of fifteen in order to work the hours required for the shooting schedule of the film. After seeing her in The Crush, Marty Callner decided she’d be perfect for a role in a music video he was directing for the band Aerosmith, called “Cryin”, and then the following two videos “Amazing” and “Crazy”. These were hugely successful both for the band and Silverstone, making her a household name (and also gaining her the nickname, “the Aerosmith chick”). They also got her noticed by film maker Amy Heckerling, who after seeing them decided to cast her in Clueless.
Silverstone appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of the Shakespeare play Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2000, in which she was required to sing and dance.
In 2001, Silverstone provided the voice of Sharon Spitz, the lead character in the Canadian animated television Braceface.
For the pilot season of 2006-2007, she surfaced on a pilot being developed by ABC called Pink Collar, in which she would have worked in a law firm.
In November 2006, she starred in the television movie Candles on Bay Street for Hallmark Hall of Fame, based on the book by Cathie Pelletier under the pseudonym of K.C. Mikinnon.
Silverstone married longtime boyfriend, rock musician Christopher Jarecki, in a beachfront ceremony at Lake Tahoe on June 11, 2005. The couple had dated for eight years prior to being married, after meeting outside a movie theater in 1997. They got engaged about a year before their marriage and Silverstone’s engagement ring belonged to Jarecki’s grandmother. They live in an eco-friendly Los Angeles house complete with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden. She bought the house, shared with a “menagerie of rescued dogs,” in 1996. Silverstone drives a Mercedes Benz.