ELISABETH SHUE Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Elisabeth Shue                                                                 
Born: 6 October 1963 Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.                                       
Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated           
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. Shue's family was upper class                 
and well-educated . 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, 15 years after withdrawing, to finish         
her degree in Government in 2000. Shue was awarded entrance into Columbia             
High School's Hall of Fame in 1994, along with her brother, Andrew.                   
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. Shue       
was also a state junior level gymnast.                                               
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 her acting work with Adventures       
in Babysitting, her first starring role, Cocktail, 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. In 1999 Elisabeth starred in "Molly".       
She played an autistic young woman who underwent an operation that allowed her       
to become more "normal".                                                             
In 1995, Shue starred in the 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, Deconstructing         
Harry, Palmetto, and Hollow Man. She also had effective supporting roles in Hide     
and Seek opposite Robert De Niro, and Mysterious Skin. Shue was going to star         
across Jim Carrey in The Number 23 but she became pregnant just weeks before         
filming and she ended up losing the part to Virginia Madsen .                         
In 2007, Shue and her two brothers produced Gracie. Shue also 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.