Oct. 6th, 1963
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Elisabeth Shue's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Piranha
2009 - Don McKay
2008 - Hamlet 2
2007 - First Born
2007 - Gracie
2005 - Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story
2005 - Hide and Seek
2004 - Mysterious Skin
2002 - Tuck Everlasting
2002 - Leo
2000 - Hollow Man
1998 - Palmetto
1998 - City of Angels
1997 - The Saint
1997 - Deconstructing Harry
1995 - Leaving Las Vegas
1993 - Heart and Souls
1991 - Soapdish
1991 - The Marrying Man
1990 - Back to the Future Part III
1989 - Back to the Future Part II
1988 - Cocktail
1987 - Adventures in Babysitting
1984 - The Karate Kid
1983 - Somewhere, Tomorrow
Guest TV Roles
Female Detective (Voiced)
Elisabeth Shue being born into a well-established and well-educated family doesn't necessarily mean much. Despite such family accolades, Shue's parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade. Owing to the occupational demands of her parents, Shue and her siblings found plenty of time to get into trouble in their suburban neighborhood, but Shue soon enrolled in Wellesley College, an all-female institution which kept her out of trouble.
During her studies, she found a way to make a little 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 landed a role in the The Karate Kid (1984) as the on-screen girlfriend of 'Ralph Macchio' and a role as the teenage daughter of a military family in the short-lived series Call to Glory (1984). At this time, Shue got herself an acting coach and transferred to Harvard, where she began studying political science.
Shue continued her acting work with Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Soapdish (1991) and The Marrying Man (1991). Unfortunately, time was catching up with the impressive girl-next-door. Her brother 'Andrew Shue' had almost eclipsed her own fame by landing a starring role in the hit TV series Melrose Place (1992). It was at this time that Shue 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. This was the turning point of her career. What followed was a barrage of film roles, including The Saint (1997), Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997), Palmetto (1998) and Hollow Man (2000).
Over forty years of age, Shue still continues to impress with a variety of film and television roles that show off her versatility as an actress and not just her good looks and girl-next-door persona.
- Sister-in-law of 'Jonathan Guggenheim (I)' (qv) and 'Grace Guggenheim' (qv).
- Was cast as the female lead in the 'Jim Carrey' (qv) movie _The Number 23 (2007)_ (qv) but had to drop out just weeks before shooting because of her pregnancy. Shue was replaced by 'Virginia Madsen' (qv).
- Got started in commercials as "The Burger King Girl.".
- (19 March 2001) Daughter, Stella Street, was born weighing 6 lbs. 7 oz.
- Was an accomplished high school gymnast with aspirations to the state finals.
- She has played 2 characters that have the last name McKay: Linda McKay in _Hollow Man (2000)_ (qv) and Molly McKay in _Molly (1999)_ (qv).
- She was amongst the final candidates for the female lead in _Say Anything... (1989)_ (qv). According to director 'Cameron Crowe (I)' (qv), "Elisabeth Shue did an amazing version of the graduation speech". 'Jennifer Connelly' (qv) was runner-up to 'Ione Skye' (qv), who got the role in the end.
- Graduated from Harvard University 8 June 2000 with a degree in Government. Shue was one semester short of earning her degree when she dropped out to pursue her career 15 years ago. She returned to Harvard in the spring of 2000.