Born in San Francisco, California, she later attended school in Beverly Hills during which time she acquired some early modelling and advertising work, eventually getting the part of the 'dream girl' on American TV series The Wonder Years. She won a leading part in the 1993 movie The Crush, playing a girl who sets out to ruin an older man after her teenage crush is spurned, for which she won two awards at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards.
She went on to star in three Aerosmith music videos, entitled Cryin, Crazy and Amazing which were hugely successful both for the band and Alicia, making her a household name.
Alicia has continued to make a wide range of movie and television appearances, appearing mostly in comedy and action roles (she is widely known for her role in Clueless), although proving herself versatile enough to tackle the major Shakespeare production Love's Labour's Lost. Recently, she has extended her repertoir by working as a producer both in TV and film.
Around the time in which she was featured as Batgirl in Batman, Silverstone was lambasted by tabloid media and mainstream press alike for putting on weight. Though hardly obese by any standard, Silverstone had obviously put on more weight than the public was used to seeing her carry, and this started a whirlwind of rumours which effected her personal life. She effectively removed herself from the public eye for many years, resurfacing in the critically acclaimed television show "Miss Match".