Elisabeth Shue

Actor
All her life, Elisabeth Shue consistently proved she was able to do the impossible, playing on all boys' soccer teams while growing up, and enrolling at Harvard University. The actress made her mark playing lovable ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1963 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behaving Badly 2014 (Movie)

Pamela Bender / Saint Poppy (Actor)

Waking Madison 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Elizabeth Barnes (Actor)

Chasing Mavericks 2012 (Movie)

Kristy Moriarity (Actor)

Hope Springs 2012 (Movie)

Karen, The Bartender (Actor)

House At the End of the Street 2012 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Janie Jones 2011 (Movie)

Mary Ann Jones (Actor)

Don McKay 2010 (Movie)

Sonny/Joanne (Actor)

Piranha 3-D 2010 (Movie)

Sherrif Julie Forester (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hamlet 2 2008 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

Lindsey Bowen (Actor)

First Born 2006 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 2005 (Movie)

Lilly Crane (Actor)

Hide & Seek 2005 (Movie)

Elizabeth Young (Actor)

Mysterious Skin 2005 (Movie)

Ellen McCormick (Actor)

Leo 2004 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Tuck Everlasting 2002 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Amy and Isabelle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollow Man 2000 (Movie)

Linda McKay (Actor)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

Molly McKay (Actor)

Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Cousin Bette 1998 (Movie)

Jenny Cadine (Actor)

Palmetto 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Donnelly AKA Rhea Malroux (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Fay (Actor)

The Saint 1997 (Movie)

Dr Emma Russell (Actor)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Leaving Las Vegas 1995 (Movie)

Sera (Actor)

The Underneath 1995 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Twenty Bucks 1993 (Movie)

Emily Adams (Actor)

Hale the Hero 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Lori Craven (Actor)

The Marrying Man 1991 (Movie)

Adele Horner (Actor)

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Back to the Future II 1989 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

Jordan Mooney (Actor)

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

Chris Parker (Actor)

Link 1986 (Movie)

Jane Chase (Actor)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

Ali (Actor)

Blind Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Call to Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Double Switch (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Radio Inside (TV Show)

Actor

The First Year (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (1)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

All her life, Elisabeth Shue consistently proved she was able to do the impossible, playing on all boys' soccer teams while growing up, and enrolling at Harvard University. The actress made her mark playing lovable goody-goodies in films such as the iconic underdog favorite, "The Karate Kid" (1984), "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) and "Back to the Future 2" (1989) - all of which pigeon-holed her in girl-next-door roles for years. Perhaps Shue's most impressive feat was bouncing back after most critics and audiences had written her off as a 1980s relic, when she took on a role that was unlike anything else she had played before - a prostitute who falls in love with a depressed alcoholic - in "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995). Giving the performance of her life, Shue proved she was more than a clean-cut beauty who had grown up on camera. She was a true onscreen chameleon who would never go out of style, as long as she was given roles with substance and grit.

Relationships

Davis Guggenheim Director

Husband
Married 1994 Reportedly separated fall 1996 Reconciled

Charles Guggenheim Director

Father-In-Law

Agnes Guggenheim

Daughter
Born June 18, 2006; father, Davis Guggenheim

Stella Guggenheim

Daughter
Born March 19, 2001; father, Davis Guggenheim

Miles Guggenheim

Son
Born Nov. 11, 1997; father, Davis Guggenheim

Andrew Shue Director

Brother
Born Feb. 20, 1967; starred on Fox drama "Melrose Place" (Fox)

James Shue

Father
Ran for Congress as a liberal Republican

Anne Shue

Mother
Ancestors came over on the Mayflower

John Shue

Brother
Born c. 1969 Worked in NYC publishing world as of 1995

William Shue

Brother
Born c. 1962 Died 1988 in a freak swimming accident during family vacation

EDUCATION

studied acting with Sylvie Leigh

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 2000
transferred from Wellesley; left to pursue acting career in 1985 with only one semester to complete; finally completed requirements and graduated in June 2000

Wellesley College

Wellesley , Massachusetts
planned to become an attorney; became fourth generation (on mother's side) to study there; did not finish degree

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in horror thriller "House at the End of the Street"

2012

Co-starred with Gerard Butler in surfing drama "Chasing Mavericks"

2011

Cast opposite Abigail Breslin in the drama "Janie Jones"

2010

Starred in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"

2008

Hilariously played herself as a retired actress in the comedy "Hamlet 2"

2007

Co-produced and starred in "Gracie," a film about a teenage girl with an interest in soccer; partly based on Elisabeth's own experience; produced with her brother Andrew Shue

2005

Played the mother of a teenage hustler in "Mysterious Skin"

2005

Starred in the thriller "Hide and Seek" with Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning

2002

Starred alongside Joseph Fiennes and Justin Chambers in "Leo"

2001

Cast as the mother of a teenager in the ABC movie "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy and Isabelle"

2000

Portrayed Linda McKay, a U.S. Government scientist assisting Kevin Bacon with his research project to unlock the secret of invisibility in Paul Verhoeven's "The Hollow Man"; during filming, injured Achilles tendon causing a two-month delay in the shooting

1999

Starred as "Molly", who becomes a genius after an experimental treatment cures her autism but maintains her childlike way of looking at the world; John Duigan directed the picture

1998

Played Jenny to Jessica Lange's "Cousin Bette," directed by Des McAnuff

1997

Appeared as Woody Allen's young lover in his star-studded "Deconstructing Harry"

1997

Starred opposite Val Kilmer in "The Saint"; speculation linked the two romantically during shooting, sparking rumors that her marriage was on the rocks; allegations denied by Shue

1995

Breakthrough screen role, the prostitute Sera in "Leaving Las Vegas"; received Oscar nomination for Best Actress

1991

Co-starred in the comedy "Soapdish," playing Sally Field's aspiring actress-daughter

1990

Made Broadway debut in "Some Americans Abroad", performed at Lincoln Center

1989

Played opposite Michael J Fox in "Back to the Future II"; reprised role in "Back to the Future III" (1990)

1987

First TV-movie, "Double Switch" (ABC)

1987

Starred in the hit film comedy "Adventures in Babysitting"

1984

Played regular role of the teenaged daughter Jackie Sarnac on the ABC drama series "Call to Glory"

1984

Screen debut, "The Karate Kid"

1979

Broke into TV at age 16 playing a chipper, uniformed spokesclerk in the first of a series of 20 national Burger King commercials (date approximate)

Grew up in South Orange, NJ

Bonus Trivia

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About her close identification with Sera: "I came away realizing that all those wholesome, intelligent women I've played in the past--women I thought I really connected with--were just a tiny sliver of my personality, while this woman is actually more a part of me than anything I've ever done." – Shue quoted in Buzz, May 1995

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"I've tried never to look at my career and say 'Okay, what do I need to do to change my image?' But I did feel a desperate need to play somebody more complex, and at a time when I was really unhappy and unsure of my career, the 'Vegas' script just came in the mail." – Shue on her decision to play Sera in "Leaving Las Vegas", from Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 27, 1995

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As the only girl among three brothers, Shue was the consummate tomboy growing up. Her greatest pleasure was competing on the soccer field, running faster and kicking the ball harder than they could. "That's the biggest wound in my life...I don't think my mother understood, because I so wanted to fit in with my brothers, and I was always playing with the boys, and I probably seemed real comfortable. I was a really great athlete; I was included because I was good enough and they needed me on the team. But at a certain point, everybody got older, and the boys were all better athletes than me. And my whole self-worth had been based on the notion that I understood men and was strong and tough and could beat anybody up. It never occurred to me that a time would come when I wasn't as physically strong as my brothers..." – Shue to GQ, October 1996

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On her brother William's tragic death four days short of his 27th birthday: "The trip was a bon voyage to Will, who was about to start his medical residency. He decided to swing over a pond on a rope and jump into the water. The rope broke. Will was swung into a birch tree and impaled on it. There was no medical help. Nothing. He just died."Probably the most important experience of my life is my brother dying. Acting became important to me. [I wanted] to keep him alive through my work." – Shue quoted in Biography Magazine, March 1998

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In 2007, Shue announced that she began training to become a professional tennis player.

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"Just the title itself is tough. Really, it's Alex [Aja]. He's a wonderful director. There's no way this cast would have come together without him. And to be honest, at my age, there aren't as many parts." – Shue on her starring role in "Piranha 3D," quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 6, 2010

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