Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

Movie Actress

Elisabeth Judson Shue is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, ...

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Oct 6, 1963
5′ 2″
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Elisabeth Judson Shue was born on October 6, 1963, in Wilmington, Delaware. She is an American actress who has appeared in numerous films and television series throughout her career. She is best known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Cocktail (1988), Adventures in Babysitting (1987) and Leaving Las Vegas (1995). 

Shue was raised in South Orange, New Jersey by her father, a lawyer, and mother, a vice president of the Chemical Bank Corporation. She attended Columbia High School where she excelled at academics and field hockey. She later attended Wellesley College before transferring to Harvard University where she earned a degree in government.

In 1984 Shue made her film debut with The Karate Kid for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Fantasy. Following this success, she had steady work as an actress appearing in films such as Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Heart and Souls (1993). Her breakthrough role was as Sera in the 1995 independent drama Leaving Las Vegas for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. 

In 1997 Shue starred alongside Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan and Dennis Hopper in The Rainmaker directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Other notable performances include Hollow Man (2000) and Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005). In addition to her film work, Shue also appears regularly on television series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House M.D., Numb3rs and Grey's Anatomy.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1963</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Elisabeth Shue is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On October 6, 1963, Elisabeth Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1984</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Film Role</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Shue's first film role was in The Karate Kid, where she played Ali Mills.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nominated for an Oscar</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Shue was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Leaving Las Vegas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1995</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starring Role in The Saint</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Shue starred as Dr. Emma Russell in the action thriller The Saint.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1999</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Shue joins the cast of CBS' hit drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Julie Finlay.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Emmy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Shue wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins Cast of The Boys</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Shue joins the cast of Amazon's superhero series The Boys as Madelyn Stillwell.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's a Versatile Actress</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Elisabeth Shue is an extremely versatile actress. She is able to play a variety of roles with ease and has been in everything from comedies to dramas, with her performances always being memorable.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's Inspirational</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Elisabeth Shue is an inspiration to many. She has overcome obstacles in life and used her strength and determination to make something of herself. Her story is inspirational and inspiring for many people.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She Has a Great Sense of Humor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Elisabeth Shue has a great sense of humor, which she often uses in her roles. Her comedy timing is perfect and she often provides comic relief in dramatic films. She also enjoys making fun of herself, which endears her even more to fans.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Role Was in 1984</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Elisabeth Shue's first role was in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, playing one of the antagonists. She then went on to star in other movies such as Adventures in Babysitting and Cocktail.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Nominated for an Academy Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Elisabeth Shue was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1995 for her role in Leaving Las Vegas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Appeared in Music Videos</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Elisabeth Shue appeared in music videos for songs such as Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" and Beck's "Where It's At".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Graduated from Harvard University</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Elisabeth Shue graduated from Harvard University with a degree in political science. She had to take a break from her career to attend college.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Appeared on TV Series</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Elisabeth Shue has appeared in several television series, including CSI and Friends. She also starred in the hit show Battle Creek.</p></div>


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