Elisabeth Shue

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Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Shue at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
BornElisabeth Judson Shue
(1963-10-06) October 6, 1963 (age 50)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Other namesLisa Shue
Alma materHarvard University (2000)
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Davis Guggenheim (m. 1994)
Children3
RelativesAndrew Shue (brother)
 
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Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Shue at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
BornElisabeth Judson Shue
(1963-10-06) October 6, 1963 (age 50)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Other namesLisa Shue
Alma materHarvard University (2000)
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Davis Guggenheim (m. 1994)
Children3
RelativesAndrew Shue (brother)

Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American actress, known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), The Saint (1997), and Hollow Man (2000). She has won five acting awards and was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

In February 2012, she began starring as Julie "Finn" Finlay in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Early life[edit]

Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Her mother, Anne Brewster (née Wells), was vice president of the private banking division of the Chemical Banking Corporation. Her father, James William Shue, a lawyer and real estate developer, was the president of the International Food and Beverage Corporation.[1][2][3] Shue grew up in Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey. Her parents divorced when she was nine.[4][5] Shue's mother was a descendant of Pilgrim leader William Brewster, while her father's family emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in the early 19th century.[6][7] Shue was raised with her three brothers and was very close to her siblings. Her younger brother, Andrew, is also an actor, best known for his role as Billy Campbell in the Fox series Melrose Place. Shue graduated from Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she and Andrew were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1994.[8][9]

Shue attended Wellesley College and in her junior year, was inspired by a friend to work in television commercials and as a way to pay for college. She transferred to Harvard University in 1985, from which she withdrew to pursue her acting career with one semester short of earning her degree. The same year she left Harvard, 1988, her brother, William, died in a swimming accident while on a family vacation. She returned to Harvard in 1997 and completed her BA in Political Science in 2000.[10]

Career[edit]

1980s and early 1990s[edit]

During her studies at Columbia H.S. and after her parents' divorce, she acted in television commercials. Shue became a common sight in ads for Burger King, DeBeers diamonds, and Hellman's mayonnaise.[11]

Shue made her feature film debut in 1984, when she co-starred opposite Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid as the love interest of Macchio's character. Shue had a role as the teenage daughter of a military family in the short-lived series Call to Glory and, in 1986, starred alongside Terence Stamp in the British simian horror Link. She continued with Adventures in Babysitting (her first starring role), Cocktail as the love interest of Tom Cruise's character and the comedies Soapdish and The Marrying Man with Sally Field and Alec Baldwin, respectively. She appeared as Jennifer Parker in the 1989 Back to the Future Part II and the 1990 Back to the Future Part III, replacing Claudia Wells, who declined to reprise the role from Back to the Future because of a family illness.

In May 1990, Shue made her Broadway debut in Some American Abroad at the Lincoln Center.[12] Also on Broadway, in 1993, she performed in Tina Howe's production of Birth and After Birth.[13] Also in 1993, she played Robert Downey Jr.'s girlfriend in the supernatural romantic comedy ensemble Heart and Souls.

1995–present[edit]

Elisabeth Shue, 2007

Although often cast as a girl next door-type, Shue starred as a prostitute in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas with Nicolas Cage. The role earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She was also nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress, and won Best Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Her career flourished after her Oscar nomination landing her diverse roles: she starred in The Trigger Effect in 1996; Deconstructing Harry showcased her comedic abilities amongst heavyweight co-stars Billy Crystal, Demi Moore, Robin Williams and Stanley Tucci. Shue also displayed some action movie skills in the 1997 spy remake The Saint as Val Kilmer's love interest. The thriller Palmetto (1998) afforded her the chance to play a noir-ish femme fatale opposite Woody Harrelson; and Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man (2000) with Kevin Bacon proved another summer blockbuster.

In 1999, Shue starred with Aaron Eckhart in Molly as an autistic young woman who undergoes an operation that allows her to become more "normal." She played a mother that reveals her dark past to her teenaged daughter in the 2001 ABC movie Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy and Isabelle. Shue then had strong supporting roles in Cousin Bette with Jessica Lange, Hide and Seek, opposite Robert De Niro, and Mysterious Skin as the dysfunctional mother of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In 2007, Shue and her two brothers produced Gracie. She had a role in the film loosely based on her 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 Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan). In 2009, Shue appeared on the seventh season of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm as an actress competing with Cheryl Hines's character for – and winning – the part of George's ex-wife for the Seinfeld reunion. In 2010, Shue toplined the horror flick Piranha 3D as Sheriff Julie Forester.

In early 2012, Shue joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Julie Finlay, replacing Marg Helgenberger, who played Catherine Willows. Finlay is the newest CSI, who just finished anger-management classes.[14] Also in 2012, Shue appeared in three wide release theatrical films: with Jennifer Lawrence in the thriller House at the End of the Street; opposite Gerard Butler in Curtis Hanson's Chasing Mavericks; and as Kay the bartender in a cameo scene with Meryl Streep in David Frankel's Hope Springs.

Personal life[edit]

Known to her friends and family as Lisa, Shue is married to film director Davis Guggenheim.[15] Their son, Miles William, was born on November 11, 1997. She gave birth to her first daughter, Stella Street, on March 19, 2001. Her third child, Agnes Charles, was born on June 18, 2006. Her son's middle name is in honor of her oldest brother, William, who died in 1988 at the age of 26 in a swimming accident while on family vacation.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1984–1985Call to GloryJackie Sarnac23 episodes
1984The Karate KidAli Mills
1986LinkJane Chase
1987Double SwitchKathy SheltonTV film
1987Adventures in BabysittingChris Parker
1988CocktailJordan Mooney
1989Back to the Future Part IIJennifer Parker/McFly
1990Back to the Future Part IIIJennifer Parker
1991SoapdishLori Craven
1991The Marrying ManAdele Horner
1993Twenty BucksEmily Adams
1993Heart and SoulsAnne
1994Radio InsideNatalie
1994Blind JusticeCarolineTV film
1995Leaving Las VegasSera
1995UnderneathSusan Crenshaw
1996The Trigger EffectAnnie Kay
1997The SaintDr. Emma Russell
1997Deconstructing HarryFay
1998Cousin BetteJenny Cadine
1998PalmettoMrs. Donnelly / Rhea Malroux
1999MollyMolly McKay
2000Hollow ManLinda McKay
2001Amy & IsabelleIsabelle Goodrow
2002Tuck EverlastingNarratorVoice only
2004Mysterious SkinMrs. McCormick
2005Hide and SeekElizabeth
2005Dreamer: Inspired by a True StoryLilly Crane
2007First BornLaura
2007GracieLindsay BowenAlso producer
2008Hamlet 2Herself
2009Don McKaySonny
2010Piranha 3-DSheriff Julie Forester
2010Waking MadisonDr. Elizabeth Barnes
2010Janie JonesMary Anne
2012House at the End of the StreetSarah
2012Russian of GoldGreen Duck
2012Hope SpringsKaren
2012Chasing MavericksKristy Moriarity
2012–presentCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJulie FinlaySeries regular
2012American Dad!Detective Lacey Sole (voice)Episode: "Less Money, Mo' Problems"
2013Behaving BadlyPamela BenderPost-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Won – Young Artist Awards Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama

Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress

Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elisabeth Shue Biography (1963-), Film Reference
  2. ^ "WEDDINGS;Jody Buonanno, John M. Shue". The New York Times. June 4, 1995. 
  3. ^ Special to The New York Times. (1961-09-12). "Son to Mrs... W. Shue - Birth Notice - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  4. ^ Article, New Jersey Monthly, July 2007.
  5. ^ Actress in `Babysitting' takes charge of her life, Author: Bob Strauss, Date: July 12, 1987 Publication: Chicago Sun-Times
  6. ^ Carr, Jay (1991-05-26). "Elisabeth Shue commutes from academe to Tinseltown". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  7. ^ Rader, Dotson (1997-11-23). "Let Yourself Feel It All". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Elisabeth Shue Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  9. ^ Columbia High School - Library Information Technology Center
  10. ^ The Harvard Guide: A Harvard Yearbook, James - Updike
  11. ^ "Elisabeth Shue - You can enjoy the screams and the gore and the fun". The Independent. 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  12. ^ "Internet Broadway Database". The Broadway League. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Surette, Tim. "Elisabeth Shue". TV.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'CSI's New Leading Lady: Elisabeth Shue To Replace Marg Helgenberger On CBS Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  15. ^ Elisabeth Shue pics and links offered by WomenCelebs.com
  16. ^ Elisabeth Shue - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles

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