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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 4, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, model

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Having gained considerable attention by appearing as a love-spurned teen in the music video for Aerosmith's "Cryin'" (1993), actress Alicia Silverstone saw her career skyrocket in a few short years, only to come back to Earth twice as fast following a series of poor choices and professional failures. After making her film debut in the thriller "The Crush" (1993) and appearing in two more Aerosmith videos, Silverstone became the It-girl of the Clearasil set with her dazzling performance as a spoiled Beverly Hills teen in the hit comedy "Clueless" (1995). The surprising success of the movie allowed the precocious young actress to sign a lucrative deal and form her own production company. But a mere two years later, Silverstone faced a barrage of criticism for being grossly miscast as Batgirl in the silly "Batman & Robin" (1997). She did not do herself any favors with her first film under her new production company, "Excess Baggage" (1997), the title of which spawned some cruel jokes about her weight gain at the time. Silverstone suffered further setbacks with "Blast From the Past" (1999) before displaying decent singing chops in the musical take on the Bard's "Love's Labour's Lost" (2000). Following...

Having gained considerable attention by appearing as a love-spurned teen in the music video for Aerosmith's "Cryin'" (1993), actress Alicia Silverstone saw her career skyrocket in a few short years, only to come back to Earth twice as fast following a series of poor choices and professional failures. After making her film debut in the thriller "The Crush" (1993) and appearing in two more Aerosmith videos, Silverstone became the It-girl of the Clearasil set with her dazzling performance as a spoiled Beverly Hills teen in the hit comedy "Clueless" (1995). The surprising success of the movie allowed the precocious young actress to sign a lucrative deal and form her own production company. But a mere two years later, Silverstone faced a barrage of criticism for being grossly miscast as Batgirl in the silly "Batman & Robin" (1997). She did not do herself any favors with her first film under her new production company, "Excess Baggage" (1997), the title of which spawned some cruel jokes about her weight gain at the time. Silverstone suffered further setbacks with "Blast From the Past" (1999) before displaying decent singing chops in the musical take on the Bard's "Love's Labour's Lost" (2000). Following more disappointments with Rock My World" (2002) and "Scorched" (2003), she seemed poised for a big comeback with the series "Miss Matched" (CBS, 2003), only to see it cut short when the show was canceled in the middle of its first season. Though her career hit a lull sans for a newsworthy guest hosting stint on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ), Silverstone nonetheless remained the untamed dream girl of every grunge-era man's dreams.

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Raised in Hillsborough, California, an affluent suburb of San Francisco; spent summers in England
1980:
Saw her first plays in London at age three with her father and older brother (date approximate)
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Studied ballet as a child
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Won fourth-place prize at a county fair for performing a routine to the theme song from "Flashdance"
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Her father found her a print agent
1984:
Began modeling at the age of 8 (date approximate)
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Made TV commercial debut, an ad for Domino's Pizza
1989:
Bat mitzvahed at age 13 (date approximate)
1990:
Attended her first acting workshop at 13 (date approximate)
1992:
Made TV acting debut with a guest shot on ABC's "The Wonder Years"
1993:
Legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 (date approximate)
1993:
Starred in the thriller "The Crush," her feature acting debut
1993:
Made TV-movie debut, "Judith Krantz's Torch Song" (ABC)
1993:
Appeared in three videos of the rock band Aerosmith ("Cryin'", "Amazing" and "Crazy")
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Played a suicidal lesbian coke addict in L.A. stage production of "Carol's Eve'"
1995:
Attended Shakespeare & Company, a month-long classics "boot camp" at Edith Wharton's home, the Mount, in the Massachusetts' Berkshires
1995:
Started her production company, First Kiss Productions
1995:
Signed a deal worth between $7 and 10 million to produce and star in two movies for Columbia Pictures; also snared a three-year non-exclusive "first-look" pact with the studio for her production company, First Kiss Productions
1995:
Starred as Cher in "Clueless," Amy Heckerling's updated version of Jane Austin's "Emma"
1997:
Played Batgirl in Joel Schumacher's "Batman & Robin"
1997:
First offering from French Kiss Productions, "Excess Baggage", fizzled at box office
1999:
Co-starred opposite Brendan Fraser in "Blast From the Past"
2000:
Undertook first Shakespearean screen role, the Princess of France, in "Love's Labour's Lost", Kenneth Branagh's musical reworking of the Bard's comedy
2001:
Executive produced and voiced the character of Sharon Spitz in the Fox Family Channel animated series "Braceface"
2002:
Made Broadway debut as Elaine Robinson in the stage adaptation of "The Graduate"
2002:
Appeared in crime comedy "Scorched" with Woody Harrelson; screened at Cannes
2003:
Starred in the Darren Star series "Miss Match"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (2003)
2004:
Appeared opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. in "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed"
2005:
Appeared in the comedy "Beauty Shop" opposite Queen Latifah
2006:
Cast in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" based on <i>Stormbreaker</i>, the first novel in the Alex Rider series
2006:
Starred in the CBS movie drama "Candles on Bay Street"
2008:
Cast in a featured role in the ABC comedy film "Bad Mother's Handbook"
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Education

San Mateo High School: San Mateo , California -
Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California -

Notes

Silverstone has participated in The Forum, a so-called "self-improvement" organization akin to est.

She is a passionate animal rights activist, affiliated with PETA in New York and Last Chance for Animals in California.

"I mean, a lot of times I wonder, What drugs are these people taking that allow them to stay alive? My perception of [Hollywood] is that it is very cold and very dry and very dark. But the people, they always have a smile on their face, though I always wonder, How deep in that smile is the knife? I just don't understand how jobs could rule people's lives. I don't really understand how you could think, I'm going to backstab, cheat, harm, just to get ahead in a business. I mean, I guess in caveman world it happened, but it happened to survive!"---Alicia Silverstone in VANITY FAIR, September 1996.

In response to the people in Hollywood who take exception to Silverstone's closeness to her agent-turned-manager Carolyn Kessler: "My relationship with Carolyn is a marriage. I'm going to have her as a friend forever. Carolyn supported me being who I am. She'd rather I be happy than successful as an actress. That's been really helpful. I don't trust anybody here [in Hollywood]. People are greedy and insensitive and eager to be successful in a really nasty way, almost where everybody's a mini-Hitler."---Silverstone quoted in PREMIERE, August 1997.

On her role of Batgirl in the ill-fated "Batman & Robin" (1997), Silverstone told the Web site Mr. Showbiz (mrshowbiz.go.com): "I knew the day I started shooting it wasn't going to be a good movie. I don't regret it; it's just a silly, huge movie. This movie was a huge machine; it was bigger than any actor in it. But you can't have a film without a story, and that was my problem with it. I thought I'd be really cool, like Catwomanish, not the same character, but important and interesting and complex, and have idiosyncrasies. [Instead] I was like this big fashion show-type machine. It worked out really well though; George Clooney was really nice and that was cool."

"For close to two years I've been vegan, and it's turned my whole life around. I can sleep better, I have more energy, my skin is really clear, and my body's in the shape it needs to be in. And being vegan, I love food more, because animal products numb your taste buds. It's not a joke that a lot of people are lactose intolerant. They open them up and there are blocks of cheese inside them that they can't digest. I mean, have you seen how they make milk? Ugh!"---Silverstone to Entertainment Weekly, June 1, 2000.

"Alicia makes this idea make sense to me,'' Star tells Variety. "You believe her as someone who believes in other people's happiness. She has a very empathetic quality and innate sweetness and loveability to her. There's this grown-up, adult persona that I don't think people are quite as familiar with."---Darren Star talking about her role in "Miss Match" to EWonline, September 2003.

"My lifestyle really allows me to feel healthy as I'm being pulled left and right and up and down and my brain's falling out. I feel like as long as you can get to yoga, eat really good, feel healthy and have love in your life, it's all good."---Silverstone quoted in Moveline's Hollywood Life, May 2004.

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companion:
Mozie Chabbouth. Hairdresser. Born c. 1967.
companion:
Adam Sandler. Actor. Dated briefly in 1996.
companion:
Bryan Mashard. Dated in 1997.
companion:
Benicio Del Toro. Actor. Reportedly dated around time of filming of "Excess Baggage" (1997).
husband:
Chris Jarecki.
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father:
Monty Silverstone. Real estate investor. English; Jewish; an aspiring actor, he starred (c. 1996) in a San Mateo County community-theater production "The Real Inspector Hound"; reportedly appeared in an installment of NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" (c. 1997).
mother:
Didi Silverstone. Former flight attendant. English; converted to husband's Jewish faith; born c. 1942.
brother:
David Silverstone. Propman. Born in November 1971.

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