Born on October 4, 1976 in San Francisco, California, Alicia Silverstone is the daughter of Monty Silverstone, a real-estate developer and Didi Radford, a former flight attendant. Monty Silverstone was born in England and Didi Radford was born in Scotland. Monty Silverstone is Jewish and Didi converted to Judaism upon their marriage. Alicia Silverstone is the youngest of three children and also has a half-brother and half-sister from her father’s previous marriage.
Alicia Silverstone’s career began with her father sending out her picture to modeling agencies when she was six years old. Her first commercial was for Domino’s Pizza. She did some modeling and other advertising work and eventually won the role the “dream girl” on The Wonder Years. Silverstone attended Hollywood High School, but dropped out before graduation; she later earned her GED. In 1993, Silverstone starred in “The Crush,” a movie that went on to become a cult favorite. Her biggest break came when Silverstone was cast as a sexy, rebellious teenager in a series of videos by the rock band Aerosmith. Those videos caught the attention of director Amy Heckerling, who was looking for a lead for her movie, “Clueless.” Released in 1995, “Clueless” shot Silverstone to fame and resulted in her receiving a three-year first-look deal for her production company, First Kiss Productions. In 1996, Silverstone was named “Best Female Performer” and “Most Desirable Female” by the MTV Movie Awards.
Silverstone’s career success has varied since the juggernaut that was “Clueless.”
In the intervening years she married rock musician Christopher Jarecki on June 11, 2005. Silverstone’s engagement ring belonged to Jarecki’s grandmother and the couple lives in a eco-friendly house in Los Angeles. Silverstone has appeared in movies such as “Batman and Robin” (1997), “Blast From the Past” (1999), “Love’s Labour Lost” (2000)“Beauty Shop” (2005), and on television series such as “Miss Match,” (2003), and “Pink Collar” (2006-2007). In addition to this short-lived television series work, Silverstone starred in the television movie “Candles on Bay Street.”
In addition to her acting career, Alicia Silverstone is committed to the causes of animal welfare and environmentalism. She became a vegan in 1998 and was named PETA’s “Sexiest Female Vegetarian” in 1994.