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||Birth name : Alicia Silverstone|
|Date of birth : 4 October 1976|
|Place of birth: San Francisco, California, USA|
|Nickname: Queen Slice|
|Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)|
|Spouse: Christopher Jarecki (11 June 2005 - present).|
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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 is best recalled for her roles in Hollywood films such as Clueless (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
Alicia (pronounced a-LEE-cee-a) Silverstone first gained attention in a popular trilogy of Aerosmith videos ("Cryin'", "Amazing" and "Crazy") and the feature "The Crush" (1993), sort of a "Fatal Attraction" for the Clearasil set. Already strikingly attractive and remarkably self-assured, the then-15-year-old blonde dazzled in her video appearances, playing a burgeoning sexpot with an edge. In "The Crush", Silverstone portrayed an unstable teen in love with an older man (Carey Elwes). Although the feature fizzled commercially, its leading lady won two MTV Movie awards--Best Villain and Best Breakthrough Performance. Some have speculated she received these honors more for her work with Aerosmith than for her feature bad girl.
Silverstone was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Deirdre "Didi" (née Radford), a Scotland-born former flight attendant who worked for Pan Am, and Monty Silverstone, an England-born real-estate investor. Silverstone was raised in a "traditional Jewish household"; her father, a native of East London, is Jewish, and her mother converted to Conservative Judaism before marriage. Silverstone is the youngest of three children and also has a half-sister, London-based rock singer Kezi Silverstone, and a half-brother, David Silverstone, both from her father's previous marriage.
Silverstone attended Crocker Middle School, then San Mateo High School but did not complete her high school studies. Silverstone visited England during a 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 The Wonder Years.
Silverstone went on to play Jeff Goldblum's imperiled daughter in "Hideaway" (1995), a supernatural flop. She had fared better on the small screen in "The Cool and the Crazy" (1994), a Ralph Bakshi-directed installment of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" telefilm series, playing a troubled young bride. Silverstone returned to the big screen for Amy Heckerling's "Clueless" (1995), a critical and commercial success perhaps best described as a "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" spin on Jane Austen's "Emma". Silverstone displayed a penchant for character-driven comedy as an affluent teen who comes to question her values, a role which fit her like a glove. Her adroit performance skyrocketed her value, and the season's "It-Girl" subsequently signed a deal worth between $7 and 10 million to produce and star in two movies for Columbia Pictures. Furthermore, the savvy teenager snared a three-year non-exclusive "first-look" production pact with the studio for her production company, First Kiss Productions.
Silverstone won a leading part in the 1993 film The Crush, playing a teenaged girl who sets out to ruin an older man after her affections are 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 15 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's next two projects, "Batman & Robin" and "Excess Baggage" (both 1997), took some of the luster off the golden girl. Two years between projects had left the press with little to do but snipe at her purported weight gain, laying it on thick with the "Fatgirl" (or worse "Buttgirl") and "Excess Baggage" jokes, which Silverstone took in stride. What was harder to take was the out-and-out failure of both films. She had little connection with the "Batman" debacle beyond her miscasting and presence at the train wreck. But "Excess Baggage", the first offering of her production company, was a hopelessly muddled product of seven screenwriters (not all credited) that suffered simultaneously from too much control and not enough control on the part of Silverstone, leaving her career (and company) in need of a very good outing next time around.
Clueless became a sleeper hit and critical darling during the summer of 1995. Silverstone's performance was well received, and she was branded the spokeswoman for an emerging young generation. As a result, she signed a deal with Columbia-TriStar worth $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" by the MTV Movie Awards in 1996 for her performance in the film.
Silverstone's next role was as Batgirl in Batman & Robin, which was neither a critical nor a financial success. Silverstone won a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. She suffered further bad press for allegedly striking a pedestrian with her vehicle in a crosswalk. She also starred in 1997's dark comedy Excess Baggage, which was the first movie to be released by her production company. In the film, Silverstone played a rich brat who fakes her own kidnapping in order to get her father's attention. While not as reviled as Batman & Robin, the film was not as critically or commercially embraced as Clueless.
Unfortunately, she opted for the pallid romantic comedy "Blast From the Past" (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser. Although on paper the project appeared to have possibilities (he's lived his whole life in an underground fallout shelter, she's the contemporary chick who introduces him to the ways of the world), the final execution left reviewers and audiences bored. Silverstone fared much better in an unlikely role, her first Shakespearean part in "Love's Labour's Lost" (2000), Kenneth Branagh's musical take on the Bard's romantic comedy. While some found his homage to the musical films of the 1930s and 40s a bit much, most were entranced by the leading lady. Silverstone also exhibited her sweet, if untrained, vocal ability in the film.
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. After removing herself from the public eye for a few years, she resurfaced in the 2003 NBC television show Miss Match, which was then cancelled after 18 episodes. Silverstone later acknowledged that she hates the trappings of fame. According to Silverstone, "Fame is not anything I wish on anyone. You start acting because you love it. Then success arrives, and suddenly you're on show".
An avowed vegan with strong socio-politiical views on animals rights, Silverstone soon spent much of her time promoting animal friendly causes, including lending her voice to 13-year-old Sharon Spitz, the lead character of the socially conscious and frequently awarded animated TV series "Braceface" (2001-2003), which the actress also executive produced. On screen, Silverstone's 2002 heist comedy "Scorched" and rock satire "Global Heresy" made little impact, but that same year she received many positive critical notices for her stint on Broadway as Elaine Robinson in the popular stage production of the classic 1967 film "The Graduate," opposite Jason Biggs and Kathleen Turner.
By then Silverstone was prime for a major comeback, but this time the medium would be the small screen. She teamed with hot producer Darren Star ("Melrose Place," "Sex in the City") in a repeat of the formula that Star was so successful with when he teamed with former screen star Sarah Jessica Parker: he took the well-liked Silverstone and made her into a TV dream girl--with winning personality, great clothes and an enviable urban lifestyle--and plugged her into "Miss Match" (NBC, 2003- ), a lighthearted, romance-minded series in which she starred as Kate Fox, divorce lawyer by day and professional matchmaker by night.
Although sweeter and not as edgy as "Sex," "Miss Match" successfully revived interest in Silverstone and rekindled her "Clueless" image as a cute, good-hearted, ideal gal pal--although more grown-up. However, the show struggled to find an audience. Meanwhile, the actress stayed active on the big screen as well with a turn as a sexy investigative reporter badgering Scooby, Shaggy and the gang in the sequel "Scoopy Doo 2: Monster Unleashed" (2004), and had a scene-stealing comedic dance sequence in the "Babershop" spinoff with a female slant, "Beauty Shop" (2005).
After the cancellation of Miss Match in 2003, she did a pilot with FOX called Queen B, in which she would have played a former high school prom queen named Beatrice (Bea), who has found out that the real world is nothing like high school. In 2005, she co-starred with Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, a spin-off of the BarberShop films. She played one of the stylists in the beauty shop.
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. Silverstone's most recent movie, Stormbreaker, was released in the UK on July 21, 2006, and in North America on October 13, 2006. She appeared alongside Ewan McGregor and Sophie Okonedo. In November 2006, she starred in the made-for-TV movie Candles on Bay Street for Hallmark Hall of Fame, based on the book by Cathie Pelletier.
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.
Silverstone is noted for being an animal welfare and environmental activist. She also became a vegan in 1998 after attending an animal rights meeting. "I realized that I was the problem," she told InStyle Home in spring 2007. "I was an animal lover who was eating animals." 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, and the TV spot was subsequently pulled from the Houston, Texas, market by Comcast Cable. Silverstone set up a sanctuary for rescued pets in Los Angeles.
Federal campaign contribution records also reveal that Silverstone contributed $500 to Dennis Kucinich's 2004 Presidential campaign. On May 23, 2007, Silverstone was a guest on ABC's The View. Moments before she entered, hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a heated argument regarding the Iraq war. The video segment shows Silverstone entering and walking past Hasselbeck to greet the other hosts. Though the interview continued normally and featured easy conversation between Silverstone and Hasselbeck, Access Hollywood deemed the act a deliberate snub. Hasselbeck later revealed, on an episode of The View which aired September 19, 2007, that Silverstone called and apologized for the incident. Hasselbeck said that Silverstone never meant to be rude, but was simply nervous when she walked on the stage and believed that incident was wrongly perceived by the media.
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