Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

Infobox Actor

imagesize = 200px
caption = Elisabeth Shue, 2007
birthname = Elisabeth Judson Shue
birthdate = birth date and age|1963|10|6
birthplace = Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
academyawards =
spouse = Davis Guggenheim
awards = CFCA Award for Best Actress
1995 "Leaving Las Vegas"
NSFC Award for Best Actress
1995 "Leaving Las Vegas"
LAFCA Award for Best Actress
1995 "Leaving Las Vegas"

Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated American film actress.


Early life

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. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/61/Elisabeth-Shue.html Elisabeth Shue Biography (1963-) ] ] [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9904EED61E39F937A35755C0A963958260 WEDDINGS;Jody Buonanno, John M. Shue - New York Times ] ] [ [http://au.movies.yahoo.com/Elisabeth+Shue/biography/122556/family/ Elisabeth Shue - Family and Companions - Yahoo!7 Movies ] ] [ [http://www.cantonrep.com/printable.php?ID=357442 cantonrep.com - A Personal Turn for Shue ] ]

Shue grew up in Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey. Her parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade. [http://www.njmonthly.com/issues/2007/07-Jul/features/willtowin.htm] 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, 15 years after withdrawing, to finish her degree in Government in 2000. [ [http://www.hno.harvard.edu/guide/students/stu4.html The Harvard Guide: A Harvard Yearbook, James - Updike ] ] Shue was awarded entrance into Columbia High School's Hall of Fame in 1994, along with her brother, the actor Andrew Shue. [ [http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/~chslib/history/hall_of_fame.htm Columbia High School - Library Information Technology Center ] ]


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.

In 1984, 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".


Although often recognized for her girl next door image, [ [http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200705/20070521_shue.html she earned Oscar and Golden Globe nods, and a spot on Hollywood's 'A' list, with her performance in Leaving Las Vegas.] ] [ [http://imdb.com/name/nm0000223/bio Unfortunately, time was catching up with the impressive girl-next-door. Her brother Andrew Shue had almost eclipsed her fame by landing a starring role in the hit TV series "Melrose Place" (1992). It was at this time that Elisabeth took a chance on a low-budget, high-risk project entitled Leaving Las Vegas (1995), directed by Mike Figgis. Her gutsy portrayal of a prostitute mixed up with a suicidal alcoholic paid off as she was recognized with a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards that year.] ] [ [http://imdb.com/name/nm0000223/bio "I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next door to me."] ] [ [http://www.bestsexycelebs.com/elisabeth_shue/ Elisabeth Shue may look like the typical, wholesome girl next door, but after her heartfelt portrayal of supportive prostitute Sera in Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas, Elisabeth broke out of the typecast roles she was accustomed to playing.] ] [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800012957/bio She finally smashed forever her wholesome girl next door image with her complex, blistering dramatic performance as Sera, an abused prostitute who becomes involved with a dissolute suicidal screenwriter (Nicolas Cage), in Mike Figgis' critically acclaimed "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995).] ] [ [http://www.celebwelove.com/Elisabeth_Shue/biography.html She continued acting with impressive girl-next-door performances in Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), the final two installments of the waning Back to the Future franchise (1989, 1990), Soapdish (1991), and The Marrying Man (1991).] ] [ [http://mythumps.blogspot.com/2006/07/girl-next-door_17.html I've been compared to quite a few celeb/pseudo-celeb "girls next door" over the years. One interesting/mysterious example is Elisabeth Shue.] ] 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 Fact|date=January 2008.

In 2007, Shue and her two brothers produced "Gracie". She had a role in the film, which is 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 the Steve Coogan character.

Shue is currently filming a psychological thriller, "Waking Madison", for director Katherine Brooks. Fact|date=January 2008 It centers on a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder trying to piece her life back together.

She is rumored to be attached to "The Hard Ride", which would see her reunited with Val Kilmer (with whom she co-starred in "The Saint"). Fact|date=January 2008 The movie follows a legendary gunfighter and his close friends to 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory.

Personal life

Known among her friends and family as "Lisa," Shue is married to Davis Guggenheim, director of the HBO TV series "Deadwood", "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Gracie". [ [http://www.womencelebs.com/c1/showcelebrity_categoryid-151.html Elisabeth Shue pics and links offered by WomenCelebs.com ] ] Their son, Miles William, was born on November 11, 1997. She gave birth to her first daughter, Stella Street, on March 19, 2001. Her last 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. [ [http://www.eonline.com/celebrities/profile/index.jsp?uuid=5cd6b0c5-22c6-4612-b987-43ea2710151b Elisabeth Shue - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles ] ]



External links

*imdb name | id=0000223 | name=Elisabeth Shue
* [http://jewreview.net/article.php?id=1402 JewReview.net video interview about Gracie]

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