Elizabeth Shue Biography
Birth Name - Elisabeth Judson Shue
Date of Birth - October 6, 1963
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Nickname - Lisa
Height - 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Elizabeth Shue photo gallery
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 Elisabeth 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. Elisabeth 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.
She 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 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. 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, Elisabeth 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.
Spouse - Davis Guggenheim (1994 - present) 3 children
More Interesting Information for Elizabeth Shue
Son, Miles William, with Davis Guggenheim was born. [11 November 1997]
Sister of Andrew Shue.
Got started in commercials as "The Burger King Girl.".
Was an accomplished high school gymnast with aspirations to the state finals.
Majored in Government at Wellesley College; transferred to Harvard University in 1985; planned to become an attorney.
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.
Daughter, Stella Street, was born weighing 6 lbs. 7 oz. [19 March 2001]
Named her son after her late brother, William, who died at the family's summer home on Block Island, Rhode Island, when the tire swing he was on broke and he fell onto a broken tree branch. He was impaled and died while his siblings looked on helplessly.
Auditioned for the Sherilyn Fenn role in Of Mice and Men (1992).
Daughter-in-law of Charles Guggenheim and Marion Guggenheim.
Sister-in-law of Jonathan Guggenheim and Grace Guggenheim.
She has played 2 characters that have the last name McKay: Linda McKay in Hollow Man (2000) and Molly McKay in Molly (1999).
Was cast as the female lead in the Jim Carrey movie The Number 23 (2007) but had to drop out just weeks before shooting because of her pregnancy. Shue was replaced by Virginia Madsen.
Elisabeth and Davis became the parents of their third child, a daughter named Agnes Charles Guggenheim, on June 18, 2006.
She was amongst the final candidates for the female lead in "Say Anything" (1989). According to director Cameron Crowe, "Elisabeth Shue did an amazing version of the graduation speech." Jennifer Connelly was runner-up to Ione Skye, who got the role in the end.
Personal quotes from Elizabeth Shue
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."
Elizabeth Shue Filmography
First Born (2007) .... Laura
Laura's expecting. Her husband, Steven's a loving guy but has little time for her.
Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she's always been
a bit edgy. A C-section drives her over the edge, making her see things in a different light.
A creepy babysitter doesn't make things any better. She begins seeing things, trusts no one,
as she goes into self-destruct mode.
Gracie (2007) .... Lindsay Bowen
A teenager faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play
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)
Radio Inside (1994) .... Natalie
Blind Justice (1994) .... Caroline
... aka Canaan's Way
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
Hale the Hero (1992) (TV)
Soapdish (1991) .... Lori Craven/Angelique
The Marrying Man (1991) .... Adele Horner
... aka Too Hot to Handle
Back to the Future Part III (1990) .... Jennifer Parker
Back to the Future Part II (1989) .... Jennifer Parker/McFly
Body Wars (1989) .... Dr. Cynthia Lair
Cocktail (1988) .... Jordan Mooney
Adventures in Babysitting (1987) .... Chris Parker
... aka A Night on the Town (UK)
Double Switch (1987) (TV) .... Kathy Shelton
... aka Switching Places (USA)
Link (1986) .... Jane Chase
"Call to Glory" .... Jackie Sarnac (3 episodes, 1984)
- Paper Tiger (1984) TV Episode .... Jackie Sarnac
- A Nation Divided (1984) TV Episode .... Jackie Sarnac
- The Move (1984) TV Episode .... Jackie Sarnac
Call to Glory (1984) (TV) .... Jackie Sarnac
The Karate Kid (1984) .... Ali Mills
Gracie (2007) (producer)
The Way of the Karate Kid (2004) (V) (special thanks)
Hide and Seek: Do You Want to Play? The Making of 'Hide and Seek' (2005) (V) .... Herself
"The View" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode dated 31 March 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode dated 27 January 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The Way of the Karate Kid (2004) (V) .... Ali Mills
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2002) (TV) .... Herself
The First Year (2001) (TV) (voice) .... Narrator
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
"HBO First Look" .... Herself (1 episode, 2000)
- Hollow Man (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
Hollow Man: Anatomy of a Thriller (2000) (V) .... Herself
Fleshing Out the 'Hollow Man' (2000) (V) .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show" .... Herself (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
- Episode dated 8 October 1999 (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 18 February 1998 (1998) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" .... Herself (1 episode, 1999)
- Episode dated 8 October 1999 (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Documentary Awards
"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" .... Herself (1 episode, 1995)
... aka Live with Regis (USA: new title)
... aka Live with Regis & Kelly (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 14 November 1995 (1995) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1992)
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 21 February 1992 (1992) TV Episode .... Herself
"Showbiz Today" .... Herself (1 episode, 1991)
- Episode dated 6 June 1991 (1991) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 19 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Child Stars II: Growing Up Hollywood (2005) TV Episode .... Elizabeth
50 Years of Funny Females (1995) (TV)