Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alicia Silverstone Biography

Alicia Silverstone  born October 4, 1976 is an American actress, author, and animal rights and environmental activist.

Early life
Silverstone was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Deirdre "Didi" (née Radford), a Scottish-born former Pan Am flight attendant, and Monty Silverstone, a real estate agent born in England. She has two older siblings, a half-sister from her father's previous marriage named Kezi Silverstone and a brother named David Silverstone. She grew up in an upper-middle class home in the San Francisco suburb of Redwood City, California. Her father is Jewish and her mother converted to Conservative Judaism before marriage. She began modeling when she was six years old, and was subsequently cast in television commercials, the first being for Domino's Pizza. She attended Crocker Middle School and then San Mateo High School.

Silverstone won several awards for her film performances. She received multiple MTV Movie Awards and a Young Artist Award for The Crush. For Clueless she received multiple MTV Movie Awards and a Young Artist Award once again, plus awards from Blockbuster Entertainment Award, Kids' Choice Awards, National Board of Review, and an American Comedy Award.

Personal life
Silverstone married her longtime boyfriend, rock musician (for the band S.T.U.N.) Christopher Jarecki in a beachfront ceremony at Lake Tahoe, on June 11, 2005.  After meeting outside a movie theater in 1997, the couple dated for eight years prior to their marriage. They got engaged about a year before their marriage and Jarecki presented Silverstone with an engagement ring that had belonged to his grandmother.

Silverstone and Jarecki 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.

In 2009, Silverstone released The Kind Diet, a guide to vegan nutrition, and launched its associated website The Kind Life. The Kind Diet has topped The New York Times best sellers list.

In January 2011, it was announced that Silverstone and Jarecki were expecting their first child together. In May 2011, Silverstone gave birth to a boy, whom they named Bear Blu Jarecki.

In April 2012, she brought the practice of premastication into the spotlight when she posted a video of herself kiss-feeding her son, resulting in mixed reactions from the public.

Political beliefs
Silverstone is noted for being an animal rights and environmental activist. She became a vegan in 1998 after attending an animal rights meeting, saying "I realized that I was the problem … I was an animal lover who was eating animals." She has revealed she struggled with childhood vegetarianism, stating "at eight years old it's hard to stick to your guns - and so through the years I was always starting and stopping trying to be a vegetarian." 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; the TV spot was subsequently pulled from the Houston, Texas market by Comcast Cable. Silverstone has set up a sanctuary for rescued pets in Los Angeles.

Federal campaign contribution records also reveal that Silverstone contributed $500 USD to Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign. She also supported Barack Obama's presidential candidacy.

In 2009, she appeared in "The Gaythering Storm," a Funny or Die spoof internet video parodying anti-same-sex marriage commercial "The Gathering Storm." She also appeared in "My Mother's Red Hat" with Alanis Morissette parodying indie movies.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alicia_Silverstone


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