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Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone

American actress
The basics
About
Occupation Actor Voice actor Non-fiction writer Model Film actor Stage actor Television actor
Country United States of America
Date of birth San Francisco
Family
Spouse: Christopher Jarecki
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Height: 1.651 m
Authority IMDB id NNDB id ISNI id VIAF id Library of congress id
The details
Biography

Alicia Silverstone (/æˈliːsiə ˈsɪlvəstoʊn/; born October 4, 1976) is an American actress, producer, author and activist. Silverstone made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and gained further prominence in 1993 as a teen idol when she appeared at the age of 16 in the music video "Cryin'", and two further videos, "Amazing" and "Crazy" for the band Aerosmith, at the request of director Marty Callner. She starred in the comedy hit Clueless (1995) (which earned her a multimillion-dollar deal with Columbia) and in the big-budget film Batman & Robin (1997), in which she played Batgirl. She has continued to act in film and television and on stage. For her role in the short-lived drama comedy Miss Match, Silverstone received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. A vegan, Silverstone endorsed PETA activities and published a book titled The Kind Diet.

Early life

Silverstone was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Deirdre "Didi" (née Radford), a Scottish former Pan Am flight attendant, and Monty Silverstone, an English real estate agent. She grew up in Hillsborough, California. Her father was born to a Jewish family and her mother converted to Conservative Judaism before marriage; Silverstone had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Silverstone began modeling when she was six years old, and was subsequently cast in television commercials, the first being for Domino's Pizza. She attended Crocker Middle School and then San Mateo High School.

Career

Silverstone has won several awards for her film performances. She received multiple MTV Movie Awards and a Young Artist Award for The Crush. For Clueless, she received multiple MTV Movie Awards and a Young Artist Award once again, plus awards from Blockbuster Entertainment Award, Kids' Choice Awards, National Board of Review, and an American Comedy Award.

1990s

Alicia Silverstone

Her first credited acting role was on The Wonder Years, starring Fred Savage, in the episode entitled "Road Test", as Savage's character's high school "dream girl". Silverstone then won a leading role in the film The Crush (1993), playing a teenage girl who sets out to ruin an older man after he spurns her affections; she won two awards at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards for the role—Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain. Silverstone became legally emancipated at the age of 15 in order to work the hours required for the shooting schedule of the film. Silverstone made some television movies in her early career including Torch Song, Cool and the Crazy and Scattered Dreams. In addition, Silverstone was almost chosen to play the lead role of Angela Chase in the critically acclaimed cult television series My So-Called Life before production of the pilot episode began. The role eventually went to Claire Danes.

After seeing her in The Crush, Marty Callner decided Silverstone would be perfect for a role in a music video he was directing for the band Aerosmith, called "Cryin'"; she was subsequently cast in two more videos, "Amazing" and "Crazy." These were hugely successful for both the band and Silverstone, making her a household name (and also gaining her the nickname, "the Aerosmith chick"). After seeing Silverstone in the three videos, filmmaker Amy Heckerling decided to cast her in Clueless.

Clueless became a hit and critical darling during the summer of 1995. As a result, she signed a deal with Columbia-TriStar valued between $8 and $10 million. As part of the package, she got a three-year first look deal for her own production company, First Kiss Productions. Silverstone also won "Best Female Performance" and "Most Desirable Female" at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards for her performance in the film. In the same year Silverstone starred in the erotic thriller, The Babysitter, film adaptation of the novel by Dean Koontz, Hideaway, and the French drama about Americans, New World.

Silverstone's next role was as Batgirl in Batman & Robin, and while it was not a critical success, the film grossed $238,207,122 worldwide. Silverstone's turn as Batgirl was not well received, and won her a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. She also, however, won a Blimp Award at the Kid's Choice Awards for the role. Also released in 1997 was Excess Baggage, the first movie by Silverstone's production, Silverstone starred in the Saturn Award-nominated romance/comedy film Blast from the Past which also stars Brendan Fraser, Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek. In VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s she was ranked #5.

2000s

In 2000, Silverstone appeared in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of the William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, 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. During this time, she also appeared in the films Global Heresy and Scorched. In 2002, she made her Broadway debut alongside Kathleen Turner and Jason Biggs in The Graduate. After removing herself from the public eye for a few years, she resurfaced in the short-lived 2003 NBC television series Miss Match, which was canceled after 11 episodes. Silverstone later acknowledged that she hates the trappings of fame, saying, "Fame is not anything I wish on anyone. You start acting because you love it. Then success arrives, and suddenly you're on show".

Alicia Silverstone in 2005

After the cancellation of Miss Match in 2003, Silverstone did a pilot with Fox called Queen B, in which she played a former high school prom queen named Beatrice (Bea) who has discovered that the real world is nothing like high school. It was not picked up for production. In 2004, she played a reporter alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, which did well financially. In 2005, she co-starred with Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, a spinoff of the BarberShop films, as one of the stylists in the beauty shop, and appeared in the direct-to-video film Silence Becomes You.

In 2006, Silverstone starred in an ABC pilot called Pink Collar, in which her character worked in a law firm. Like Queen B, this pilot was not picked up to series. That year, she also starred alongside Alex Pettyfer, Ewan McGregor and Mickey Rourke in the film Stormbreaker, and appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-TV movie Candles on Bay Street, based on the book by Cathie Pelletier. Silverstone continued her theatre work, next appearing in David Mamet's Boston Marriage and Speed-the-Plow. In 2008, she filmed another ABC pilot alongside Megan Mullally called Bad Mother's Handbook and made a cameo appearance in the comedy film Tropic Thunder.

In early 2009, Silverstone starred in the world premiere of Donald Margulies's Time Stands Still at the Geffen Playhouse LA. The play focuses on a longtime couple and journalistic team who return to New York from an extended stint in the war-torn Middle East. She also starred in the music video for Rob Thomas's 2009 single "Her Diamonds".

Silverstone filmed a small segment in Elektra Luxx, a sequel to Women In Trouble. Director Sebastian Gutierrez cut her segment but will possibly use it for a third installment, tentatively titled Women In Ecstasy.

2010s

In 2010, she reprised her role in Time Stands Still alongside Laura Linney in the New York production of the play on Broadway, which premiered on January 28, 2010, directed by Daniel Sullivan, who described Silverstone as "a breath of fresh air." The play received good reviews with The New York Times praising Silverstone, saying she "brings warmth, actorly intelligence and delicate humour."

Silverstone next starred in the teen romance The Art of Getting By, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. and appeared in four episodes of Suburgatory, reuniting with her Clueless castmate Jeremy Sisto.

Her next role was in Butter as the adoptive mother of a 12-year-old African American girl who enters a local butter sculpture competition in a small Iowa town. Rob Corddry, who plays her husband, invited her to appear in an episode of his series Childrens Hospital. She also reunited with Clueless director Amy Heckerling in Vamps, playing one of two vampires who fall in love and face a choice that could jeopardise their immortality. She was offered the role after Heckerling came to see her in Time Stands Still.

Silverstone later returned to Broadway in the 2012 New York production of The Performers and starred in Angels in Stardust, and Ass Backwards. In 2013, she shot the TV pilot HR, which was not picked up. In 2015 she starred in the New York production of Of Good Stock.

In 2011, she starred in the film adaptation of Marie Phillips's novel Gods Behaving Badly, however, it remains unreleased. In 2016, she appeared in both Who Gets the Dog? and King Cobra. She is set to appear in four upcoming movies: Catfight, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Silverstone will also star in American Woman, an upcoming series for TV Land.

Personal life

Silverstone has two older siblings, a half-sister from her father's previous marriage named Kezi Silverstone and a brother named David Silverstone. She married her longtime boyfriend, rock musician Christopher Jarecki, in a beachfront ceremony at Lake Tahoe on June 11, 2005. After meeting outside a movie theater in 1997, the couple dated for eight years prior to their marriage. They got engaged about a year before their marriage, and Jarecki presented Silverstone with an engagement ring that had belonged to his grandmother. They live in an eco-friendly Los Angeles house, complete with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden. Silverstone bought the house, shared with a "menagerie of rescued dogs", in 1996.

In 2009, Silverstone released The Kind Diet, a guide to vegan nutrition, and launched its associated website The Kind Life. The Kind Diet has topped the Hardcover Advice & Misc. category of The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2014, her follow-up book The Kind Mama was published. She plans to write a third, The Kind Diet Cookbook.

In May 2011, Silverstone gave birth to a boy. In March 2012, she received media attention for uploading a video of herself feeding pre-chewed food to her son from her own mouth.

Political beliefs

Silverstone is noted for being an animal rights and environmental activist. She became a vegan in 1998 after attending an animal rights meeting, saying "I realized that I was the problem … I was an animal lover who was eating animals." She has stated she struggled with childhood vegetarianism, stating "at eight years old it's hard to stick to your guns – and so through the years I was always starting and stopping trying to be a vegetarian."

In 2004, Silverstone was voted "Sexiest Female Vegetarian" by PETA. In 2007, Silverstone appeared nude in a print advertisement and 30-second commercial for PETA championing vegetarianism; the TV spot was subsequently pulled from the Houston, Texas market by Comcast Cable. In 2016, she posed nude in one of the group's "I'd Rather Go Naked" anti-wool ads. Silverstone has set up a sanctuary for rescued pets in Los Angeles. In 2012, during the trial of Russian band Pussy Riot, she wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin asking that vegan meals be made available to all Russian prisoners.

Federal campaign contribution records list Silverstone contributing US$500 to Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign. She supported Barack Obama's presidential candidacy.

In 2009, she appeared in "A Gaythering Storm", a Funny or Die spoof Internet video parodying anti-same-sex marriage commercial "Gathering Storm". She appeared in "My Mother's Red Hat" with Alanis Morissette parodying indie movies.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Crush, TheThe Crush Darian/Adrian Forrester
1995 Nouveau monde, LeLe Nouveau monde Trudy Wadd
1995 Hideaway Regina Harrison
1995 Clueless Cher Horowitz
1995 The Babysitter Jennifer
1996 True Crime Mary Giordano
1997 Batman & Robin Batgirl/Barbara Wilson
1997 Excess Baggage Emily Hope Also uncredited producer
1999 Blast from the Past Eve Vrustikoff
2000 Love's Labour's Lost The Princess of France
2002 Global Heresy Natalie "Nat" Bevin
2003 Scorched Sheila Rio
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Heather Jasper Howe
2005 Beauty Shop Lynn
2005 Silence Becomes You Violet
2006 Stormbreaker Jack Starbright
2008 Tropic Thunder Herself
2009 My Mother's Red Hat Video short
2011 Art of Getting By, TheThe Art of Getting By Ms. Herman
2011 Butter Jill Emmet
2012 Vamps Goody
2013 Ass Backwards Laurel
2013 Gods Behaving Badly Kate
2014 Angels in Stardust Tammy
2015 Jungle Shuffle Sacha Voice
2015 The Nutcracker Sweet Marie Voice
2016 King Cobra Janette
2016 Space Dogs Adventure to the Moon Belka Voice
2016 Who Gets the Dog? Olive Greene
2016 Catfight Lisa
2017 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Susan Heffley In post-production
2017 Tribes Of Palos Verdes In post-production
2017 The Killing of a Sacred Deer In post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Jessica Thomas Episode: "Road Test"
1993 Torch Song Delphine Movie
1993 Scattered Dreams Phyllis Messenger Movie
1994 Cool and the Crazy Roslyn Movie
1994 Rebel Highway Roslyn Episode: "Cool and the Crazy"
1998 Wildlife Vet Herself Documentary
2000–01 Baby Felix & Friends Esmeralda (Voice)
2001–03 Braceface Sharon Spitz (Voice) Main role (seasons 1 & 2); also executive producer
2003 Miss Match Kate Fox Main role
2005 Queen B Beatrice "Bea" Unsold Fox pilot; also co-executive producer
2006 Candles on Bay Street Dee Dee Michaud Movie
2006 Pink Collar Hayden Flynn Unsold ABC pilot
2007 Singles Table, TheThe Singles Table Georgia Unsold NBC pilot
2008 Bad Mother's Handbook, TheThe Bad Mother's Handbook Karen Unsold ABC pilot
2011 Childrens Hospital Kelly Episode: "Munch by Proxy"
2012 Suburgatory Eden 4 episodes
2013 HR Ellen Unaired Lifetime pilot movie
2015 Making a Scene with James Franco Charlotte / Marcy D'Arcy / Janet Episodes: "Breaking Sex", "Murdered with Children", "One's Company"
2017 American Woman Bonnie Nolan Main role

Other credits

Music videos
Year Title Role Artist
1993 "Cryin'" Girl Aerosmith
1993 "Amazing" Girl Aerosmith
1994 "Crazy" Girl #1 Aerosmith
2009 "Her Diamonds" Frozen girl Thomas, RobRob Thomas
2011 "Fight for Your Right Revisited" Café patron Beastie Boys
Theatre
Year Title Role Director Writer
1993 Carol's Eve Debbie Mayhew Valerie Mayhew Lepor Pauline Lepor
2002 Graduate, TheThe Graduate Elaine Robinson Johnson Terry Johnson Johnson Terry Johnson
2006 Boston Marriage Catherine Kohlhaas Karen Kohlhaas Mamet David Mamet
2007 Speed-the-Plow Karen Arney Randall Arney Mamet David Mamet
2009–10 Time Stands Still Mandy Sullivan Daniel Sullivan Marguiles Donald Marguiles
2012 Performers, TheThe Performers Sara Cabnet Evan Cabnet Read David West Read
2015 Of Good Stock Amy Lynne Meadow Melissa Ross

Awards and nominations

She was awarded a Heart Of Green Award in 2009, which "recognizes individuals, organizations or companies who have helped green go mainstream." In 2010, she was awarded a Voice Of Compassion Award by the Physician's Committee For Responsible Medicine for "shining a spotlight on the powerful health benefits of a vegan diet."

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result
1994 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain The Crush Won
1994 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance The Crush Won
1994 MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Female The Crush Nominated
1994 Young Artist Awards Best Young Leading Actress, Drama The Crush Nominated
1996 American Comedy Awards Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture Clueless Won
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Best Female Newcomer Clueless Won
1996 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Clueless Nominated
1996 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Clueless Won
1996 MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Female Clueless Won
1996 MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Clueless Nominated
1996 National Board of Review Best Breakthrough Performer Clueless Won
1996 Young Artist Awards Best Young Leading Actress, Feature Film Clueless Nominated
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Supporting Actress, Sci-Fi Batman & Robin Nominated
1998 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Batman & Robin Won
1998 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Batman & Robin Won
2002 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program Braceface Nominated
2004 Genesis Awards Children's TV Series Braceface Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy Miss Match Nominated
2004 Satellite Awards Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Series Miss Match Nominated
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