Alicia Silverstone (/əˈliːsiə ˈsɪlvərstoʊn/; born October 4, 1976) is an American actress, film and television producer, author, and animal rights and environmental activist. Silverstone made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and gained further prominence as a teen idol when she appeared in three music videos for the band Aerosmith. She starred in the 1995 sleeper hit Clueless (which earned her a multi-million-dollar deal with Columbia) and in the big-budget 1997 film Batman & Robin where she played Batgirl. She has continued to act in film, television, and theatre.
A vegan, Silverstone endorsed PETA activities and published a book titled The Kind Diet.
Her first credited role was in The Wonder Years starring Fred Savage in the episode entitled “Road Test”, as Savage’s high school “dream girl”. Silverstone then won a leading part in the 1993 film The Crush, playing a teenaged 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.
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 sleeper 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 dealfor 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 company, First Kiss Productions. She starred alongside Benicio del Toro and Christopher Walken.
In 1999, 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.