On July 19, 1995 the coming-of-age comedy “Clueless” was released.
The film, a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, and was directed by Amy Heckerling. The film follows Cher Horowitz (played by Silverstone), deemed the prettiest and most popular girl of the school she attends in Beverly Hills, as she manages both her personal and social life alongside her friends Dionne (Dash) and Tai (Brittany Murphy). Silverstone was pitched for the role by Heckerling due to Silverstone’s work in Aerosmith’s videos “Amazing” and “Crazy.”
Since its release, the critically acclaimed film has become a cult classic, often ranked by various media outlets as one of the best high school movies of all time, one of the best comedies of all time, as well as one of the best movies of the 90’s. In addition, the film has become one of the most quotable films since its release, with many of its phrases entering the lexicon of pop culture.
“You’re A Virgin Who Can’t Drive”:
Random Pop Culture Fact: The rule of Cher Horowitz was originally offered to Sarah Michelle Gellar but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts with “All My Children,” for which Gellar eventually won an Emmy Award and then landed the role of Buffy Summer on the critically-acclaimed show “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”