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Alicia Silverstone was born October 4, 1976 in
San Francisco, California. Silverstone's time in the spotlight
began as a model at the age of six, after her father began taking
pictures of her to submit to modeling agencies. The modeling jobs
led to television commercials -- such as a spot on a Domino's
Pizza ad -- which eventually led to appearances on sitcoms, most
notably as a "dream girl" in The Wonder Years.
In 1993, Silverstone finally landed her first starring role in a feature film, entitled The Crush. Playing a teenager obsessed with an older man, Silverstone refused to pose nude in the film and a body double was hired for "behind" shots. Actually, Silverstone refuses to pose nude until today. The film -- dubbed a Fatal Attraction for teenagers -- was a hit among teenagers and was recognized by the 1994 MTV Movie Awards by honoring Silverstone with the award for Best Villain and Best Breakthrough Performance. A couple of made-for-TV movies followed: Torch Songs and Scattered Dreams.
Marty Callner, the director of the Aerosmith videos, caught Silverstone's performance in The Crush and knew she would be perfect for the Aerosmith video Cryin'. This was to be the first of a now famous trilogy of Aerosmith videos, as Silverstone was also cast in the videos for Crazy and Amazing (co-starring Steven Tyler's daughter, Liv Tyler). When Cryin' was released, it was voted number one video of all time on MTV.
Before hitting it big with the sleeper hit of 1995, Clueless, Silverstone worked on the films Hideaway, Babysitter, True Crime, and Le Nouveau Monde. It was Silverstone's role as the spoiled rich girl, Cher Horowitz in Clueless, that launched her career. Clueless, a 90's version of Emma, earned Silverstone many awards, including the American Comedy Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, The National Board of Review of Motion Picture Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance, the 2nd Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Female Newcomer Theatrical, as well as the 5th Annual MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance and Most Desirable Female.
After the success of Clueless, Barry Josephson of Columbia Pictures signed Silverstone to a $7 million two-picture deal, the first of which was Excess Baggage. Silverstone not only starred in the film, it was also the first film produced by Silverstone's First Kiss Production Company. Unfortunately, Excess Baggage did not enjoy the same box office numbers as Clueless.
Silverstone's next feature film foray was as Batgirl in Batman and Robin, the fourth release of the Batman series. Batman and Robin did, on the other hand, attract moviegoers. In 1999, things started to pick up for Silverstone as her role in the romantic comedy Blast From The Past was more impressive and reminiscent of the Silverstone audiences saw in Clueless. Owner of many dogs, Silverstone is actively involved with several animal rights groups such as The Ark Trust and PETA.
Silverstone was a lead in Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Kenneth Branaugh. She took lessons for her part in the musical adaptation of the William Shakespeare play.