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Elisabeth Shue


Birth name:

Elisabeth Judson Shue






Wilmington, Delaware, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Leaving Las Vegas


5' 2" (1.57 m)


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Elisabeth Shue - Biography


Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American film actress.
Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Her mother, Anne Harms (née Wells), was a bank executive who was the vice president of the private division of the Chemical Banking Corporation. Her father, James Shue, is a lawyer and real estate developer who was the president of the International Food and Beverage Corporation and was active in Republican politics, having once unsuccessfully run for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey. Her younger brother, Andrew, is also an actor.
Shue grew up in Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey. Her parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade. Shue graduated from Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey, and attended Wellesley College and Harvard University, from which she withdrew to pursue her acting career. She returned to Harvard to finish her degree in Government in 2000. Shue was awarded entrance into Columbia High School's Wall of Fame in 1994, along with her brother, the actor Andrew Shue.

During her studies at Columbia and after her parents' divorce, she found a way to make extra money by acting in television commercials. Shue became a common sight in ads for Burger King, DeBeers diamonds, and Hellman's mayonnaise.
After having turned down the role of Deborah Gelly in Sergio Leone's final film, Once Upon a Time in America, her first movie role happened in 1984, when she co-starred in The Karate Kid as the onscreen girlfriend of Ralph Macchio and had a role as the teenage daughter of a military family in the short-lived series Call to Glory. She continued with Adventures in Babysitting (her first starring role), Cocktail as the love interest of Tom Cruise and the comedies Soapdish and The Marrying Man. She also appeared in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III as Jennifer Parker, replacing original actress Claudia Wells, who declined to reprise the role from Back to the Future due to a family illness.
Although often recognized for her girl next door image, Shue starred as a prostitute in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas with Nicolas Cage. The role earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She was also nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress, and won the Best Actress awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Since then, she has starred in The Trigger Effect, The Saint, Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Palmetto, and Hollow Man.
In 1999, Shue starred in Molly as an autistic young woman, who underwent an operation that allowed her to become more "normal." She had strong supporting roles in Hide and Seek opposite Robert De Niro and Mysterious Skin. Shue reportedly was set to co-star with Jim Carrey in The Number 23 but became pregnant just weeks before filming and ended up losing the part to Virginia Madsen.
In 2007, Shue and her two brothers produced Gracie. She had a role in the film (set in 1978) and loosely based upon Elisabeth's own experiences as the only girl on a boys soccer team.
In 2008, Shue starred in Hamlet 2 as a fictionalized version of herself. In the film, she has quit acting to become a nurse and is the favorite actress of Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan).
In 2009, Shue appeared on the seventh season of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm as an actress competing with Cheryl Hines – and winning – the part of George's ex-wife for the Seinfeld reunion. She plays Virginia Sloane, a prominent actress and Jerry Seinfeld says, “I’m surprised someone like her would even be in this."

Known among her friends and family as "Lisa", Shue is married to Davis Guggenheim, director of the HBO TV series Deadwood as well as the movies An Inconvenient Truth and Gracie. Their son, Miles William, was born on November 11, 1997. She gave birth to her first daughter, Stella Street, on March 19, 2001. Her third child, Agnes Charles, was born on June 18, 2006. Her son's middle name was in honor of her second brother William, who died in 1988 at the age of 26 from a swimming accident while on family vacation.


Elisabeth Shue - Personal Quotes


On Cocktail (1988): "If I'd known that it was just going to be about these guys throwing drinks around then I might have had some second thoughts . . ."

"I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next door to me."


Elisabeth Shue - Filmography


The Hard Ride (2010) .... Agnes Lake
Piranha 3-D (2010) .... Sheriff Julie Forester
Janie Jones (2010) .... Mary Ann Jones
Waking Madison (2009) (completed) .... Dr. Elizabeth Barnes
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" .... Virginia (2 episodes, 2009)
- Seinfeld (2009) TV episode .... Virginia
- Officer Krupke (2009) TV episode (as Elizabeth Shue) .... Virginia
Moment of Truth (2009) .... Sonny
Don McKay (2009) .... Sonny
Hamlet 2 (2008) .... Elisabeth Shue
First Born (2007) .... Laura
... aka The Unborn 2 (Philippines: English title: bootleg title)
Gracie (2007) .... Lindsay Bowen
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005) .... Lily
... aka Dreamer (Australia: TV title)
Hide and Seek (2005) .... Elizabeth
Mysterious Skin (2004) .... Mrs. McCormick
Leo (2002) .... Mary Bloom
Tuck Everlasting (2002) (voice) .... Narrator
Amy & Isabelle (2001) (TV) .... Isabelle Goodrow
... aka Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy and Isabelle (USA: complete title)
Hollow Man (2000) .... Linda McKay
... aka Hollow Man - Unsichtbare Gefahr (Germany)
Molly (1999) .... Molly McKay
Cousin Bette (1998) .... Jenny Cadine
City of Angels (1998) (uncredited) .... Pregnant Woman
... aka Stadt der Engel (Germany)
Palmetto (1998) .... Mrs. Donnelly / Rhea Malroux
... aka Dumme sterben nicht aus
Deconstructing Harry (1997) .... Fay
The Saint (1997) .... Dr. Emma Russell
The Trigger Effect (1996) .... Annie Kay
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) .... Sera
... aka Leaving Las Vegas (France)
Underneath (1995) .... Susan Crenshaw
... aka The Underneath (USA: promotional title)
Blind Justice (1994) (TV) .... Caroline
... aka Canaan's Way
Radio Inside (1994) .... Natalie
Heart and Souls (1993) .... Anne
"Dream On" .... Maura Barish (1 episode, 1993)
- Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape (1993) TV episode .... Maura Barish
Twenty Bucks (1993) .... Emily Adams
"The General Motors Playwrights Theater" (1 episode, 1992)
- Hale the Hero (1992) TV episode
Soapdish (1991) .... Lori Craven / Angelique
The Marrying Man (1991) .... Adele Horner
... aka Too Hot to Handle (Australia)
Back to the Future Part III (1990) .... Jennifer Parker
Back to the Future Part II (1989) .... Jennifer Parker - Jennifer McFly
Body Wars (1989) .... Dr. Cynthia Lair
Cocktail (1988) .... Jordan Mooney
Adventures in Babysitting (1987) .... Chris Parker
... aka A Night on the Town (Australia) (UK)
Double Switch (1987) (TV) .... Kathy Shelton
... aka Switching Places (USA: alternative title)
Link (1986) .... Jane Chase
"Call to Glory" .... Jackie Sarnac (23 episodes, 1984-1985)
- JFK: Part 1 (1985) TV episode
- JFK: Part 2 (1985) TV episode
- Just in Time (1985) TV episode
- Fathers and Sons (1985) TV episode .... Jackie Sarnac
- Images (1985) TV episode
(18 more)
Call to Glory (1984) (TV) .... Jackie Sarnac
The Karate Kid (1984) .... Ali Mills
Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983) (as Lisa Shue) .... Margie
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982) (TV) (as Lisa Shue) .... Lynn Osborne


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