Alicia Silverstone biography
Date of Birth: October 4, 1976
"Success to me," Silverstone says, "is not about how much money I make or how much attention I get. To me, I'm successful because I have five dogs, great friends, and because I'm generally a happy person."
Silverstone was born in San Francisco, California. Her career began at the age of six when a series of swimsuit snapshots taken by her real estate investor father turned into modeling gigs, then TV commercials, then guest spots on sitcoms and, finally, a little movie called The Crush where she played a Lolita who makes life a living hell for the object of her affection. That movie didn't do well at the box office, but it did generate a buzz for Silverstone, as did the Aerosmith videos she performed in with her friend (and daughter of Aerosmith's Steve Tyler) Liv Tyler. But it was her great comedic performance in Clueless that really made Silverstone into a star and got her a $10 million deal with Columbia Pictures to produce her own films. "Unfortunately," she says, "being a female in this business, to do the things you want, you have to create for yourself. I'm not going to stand around being one of the people that goes, 'Poor women in Hollywood' because that's boring and totally useless."
Silverstone, a long-time vegan and a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, made her Broadway debut in 2002 playing the daughter of Kathleen Turner's character, Mrs. Robinson, in the stage version of The Graduate. Returning to the big screen, she played a pesky reporter in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), and starred as a lawyer in her own sitcom for NBC-TV, entitled Miss Match for the 2003/2004 TV season. When it didn't last the season, she concentrated on film with roles in Beauty Shop and Silence Becomes You (both 2005) and Tropic Thunder (2008).
Her most recent projects include Gods Behaving Badly (2013), King Cobra (2016), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017).
She married her boyfriend of eight years, musician Christopher Jarecki, on June 11, 2005 in Lake Tahoe. She gave birth to their first child, a boy named Bear Blu, on May 5, 2011.