Alicia Silverstone was born on October 4, 1976 in San Francisco, California, the youngest of three children to Monty Silverstone, a real-estate investor, and Didi Silverstone, a former flight attendant. Alicia's career began at the tender age of six when her father took some photos of his young daughter, which eventually led to her getting several television commercials. After a guest spot on "The Wonder Years" (1988) as a literal "dream girl",
In 1993, Silverstone starred in The Crush, a movie that went on to become a cult favorite. Her biggest break came in 1993, when she was cast as a sexy, rebellious teenager in a series of videos by the rock band Aerosmith. Those videos caught the attention of director Amy Heckerling, who was looking for a lead for her movie, Clueless. Released in 1995, Clueless shot Silverstone to fame and helped her receive a three-year first-look deal for her own production company, First Kiss Productions. In 1996, Silverstone was named "Best Female Performer" and "Most Desirable Female" at the MTV Movie Awards.
With her career in need of another "Clueless," Silverstone unfortunately took another step back when she chose to star in the pallid "Blast From the Past" (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser. Although on paper the fish-out-of-water romantic comedy appeared to have possibilities, the end result was rather disappointing and failed to garner interest at the box office. 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 1940s a bit much, most were entranced by Silverstone's performance as the Princess of France.