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Also Known As: Elisabeth J Shue Died:
Born: October 6, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wilmington, Delaware, USA Profession: actor

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All her life, Elisabeth Shue consistently proved she was able to do the impossible, playing on all boys' soccer teams while growing up, and enrolling at Harvard University. The actress made her mark playing lovable goody-goodies in films such as the iconic underdog favorite, "The Karate Kid" (1984), "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) and "Back to the Future 2" (1989) - all of which pigeon-holed her in girl-next-door roles for years. Perhaps Shue's most impressive feat was bouncing back after most critics and audiences had written her off as a 1980s relic, when she took on a role that was unlike anything else she had played before - a prostitute who falls in love with a depressed alcoholic - in "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995). Giving the performance of her life, Shue proved she was more than a clean-cut beauty who had grown up on camera. She was a true onscreen chameleon who would never go out of style, as long as she was given roles with substance and grit.

All her life, Elisabeth Shue consistently proved she was able to do the impossible, playing on all boys' soccer teams while growing up, and enrolling at Harvard University. The actress made her mark playing lovable goody-goodies in films such as the iconic underdog favorite, "The Karate Kid" (1984), "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) and "Back to the Future 2" (1989) - all of which pigeon-holed her in girl-next-door roles for years. Perhaps Shue's most impressive feat was bouncing back after most critics and audiences had written her off as a 1980s relic, when she took on a role that was unlike anything else she had played before - a prostitute who falls in love with a depressed alcoholic - in "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995). Giving the performance of her life, Shue proved she was more than a clean-cut beauty who had grown up on camera. She was a true onscreen chameleon who would never go out of style, as long as she was given roles with substance and grit.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hope Springs (2012)
2.
 Waking Madison (2011)
3.
 Janie Jones (2011)
4.
 Piranha 3D (2010)
5.
 Don McKay (2009)
6.
 Hamlet 2 (2008)
7.
 Gracie (2007)
8.
 First Born (2007)
10.
 Hide & Seek (2005) Elizabeth Young
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Grew up in South Orange, NJ
1979:
Broke into TV at age 16 playing a chipper, uniformed spokesclerk in the first of a series of 20 national Burger King commercials (date approximate)
1984:
Screen debut, "The Karate Kid"
1984:
Played regular role of the teenaged daughter Jackie Sarnac on the ABC drama series "Call to Glory"
1987:
First TV-movie, "Double Switch" (ABC)
1987:
Starred in the hit film comedy "Adventures in Babysitting"
1989:
Played opposite Michael J Fox in "Back to the Future II"; reprised role in "Back to the Future III" (1990)
1990:
Made Broadway debut in "Some Americans Abroad", performed at Lincoln Center
1991:
Co-starred in the comedy "Soapdish," playing Sally Field's aspiring actress-daughter
1995:
Breakthrough screen role, the prostitute Sera in "Leaving Las Vegas"; received Oscar nomination for Best Actress
1997:
Starred opposite Val Kilmer in "The Saint"; speculation linked the two romantically during shooting, sparking rumors that her marriage was on the rocks; allegations denied by Shue
1997:
Appeared as Woody Allen's young lover in his star-studded "Deconstructing Harry"
1998:
Played Jenny to Jessica Lange's "Cousin Bette," directed by Des McAnuff
1999:
Starred as "Molly", who becomes a genius after an experimental treatment cures her autism but maintains her childlike way of looking at the world; John Duigan directed the picture
2000:
Portrayed Linda McKay, a U.S. Government scientist assisting Kevin Bacon with his research project to unlock the secret of invisibility in Paul Verhoeven's "The Hollow Man"; during filming, injured Achilles tendon causing a two-month delay in the shooting
2001:
Cast as the mother of a teenager in the ABC movie "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy and Isabelle"
2002:
Starred alongside Joseph Fiennes and Justin Chambers in "Leo"
2005:
Starred in the thriller "Hide and Seek" with Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning
2005:
Played the mother of a teenage hustler in "Mysterious Skin"
2007:
Co-produced and starred in "Gracie," a film about a teenage girl with an interest in soccer; partly based on Elisabeth's own experience; produced with her brother Andrew Shue
2008:
Hilariously played herself as a retired actress in the comedy "Hamlet 2"
2010:
Starred in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"
2011:
Cast opposite Abigail Breslin in the drama "Janie Jones"
2012:
Co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in horror thriller "House at the End of the Street"
2012:
Co-starred with Gerard Butler in surfing drama "Chasing Mavericks"
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Education

Wellesley College: Wellesley , Massachusetts -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 2000

Notes

"I've tried never to look at my career and say 'Okay, what do I need to do to change my image?' But I did feel a desperate need to play somebody more complex, and at a time when I was really unhappy and unsure of my career, the 'Vegas' script just came in the mail." --Elisabeth Shue on her decision to play Sera in "Leaving Las Vegas", from Entertainment Weekly, October 27, 1995.

About her close identification with Sera: "I came away realizing that all those wholesome, intelligent women I've played in the past--women I thought I really connected with--were just a tiny sliver of my personality, while this woman is actually more a part of me than anything I've ever done." --Shue quoted in Buzz, May 1995.

As the only girl among three brothers, Shue was the consummate tomboy growing up. Her greatest pleasure was competing on the soccer field, running faster and kicking the ball harder than they could. "That's the biggest wound in my life . . . I don't think my mother understood, because I so wanted to fit in with my brothers, and I was always playing with the boys, and I probably seemed real comfortable. I was a really great athlete; I was included because I was good enough and they needed me on the team. But at a certain point, everybody got older, and the boys were all better athletes than me. And my whole self-worth had been based on the notion that I understood men and was strong and tough and could beat anybody up. It never occurred to me that a time would come when I wasn't as physically strong as my brothers . . ." --Elisabeth Shue to GQ, October 1996.

On her brother William's tragic death four days short of his 27th birthday: "The trip was a bon voyage to Will, who was about to start his medical residency. He decided to swing over a pond on a rope and jump into the water. The rope broke. Will was swung into a birch tree and impaled on it. There was no medical help. Nothing. He just died.

"Probably the most important experience of my life is my brother dying. Acting became important to me. [I wanted] to keep him alive through my work." --Shue quoted in Biography Magazine, March 1998.

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husband:
Davis Guggenheim. Director. Married in 1994; reportedly separated in fall 1996; reconciled.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Shue. Real estate developer and former attorney. Split when she was in fourth grade; once ran for Congress as a liberal Republican.
mother:
Anne Shue. Bank executive. Ancestors came over on the Mayflower.
father-in-law:
Charles Guggenheim. Documentarian.
brother:
William Shue. Born c. 1962; died in 1988 in a freak swimming accident during family vacation.
brother:
Andrew Shue. Actor, soccer player. Acted in "John Grisham's The Rainmaker"; one of the stars of TV's "Melrose Place" (Fox); born on February 20, 1967; married his former agent Jennifer Hageny on October 7, 1995.
brother:
John Shue. Born c. 1969; working in NYC publishing world as of 1995.
son:
Miles William Guggenheim. Born on November 11, 1997 in L.A.
daughter:
Stella Street Guggenheim. Born on March 19, 2001.
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