Shue at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Elisabeth Judson Shue
October 6, 1963
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University (2000)|
|Spouse(s)||Davis Guggenheim (1994–present)|
|Relatives||Andrew Shue (brother)|
Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American actress, known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Back to the Future Parts II, III, The Saint and Leaving Las Vegas, for which she won five acting awards and was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
Early life 
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. Shue grew up in Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey. Her parents divorced when she was nine. 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. 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.
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 from a swimming accident while on a family vacation. She returned to Harvard in 1997 and completed her BA in Political Science in 2000.
1980s and early 1990s 
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.
Her first movie role happened in 1984, when she co-starred in The Karate Kid as the onscreen girlfriend of Ralph Macchio. 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 and the comedies Soapdish and The Marrying Man with Sally Field and Alec Baldwin, respectively. She continued displaying a natural comedic flair while delivering memorable lines such as "Marty, you're acting like you haven't seen me in a week," in the 1989 Back to the Future Part II and the 1990 Back to the Future Part III as Jennifer Parker. Shue replaced Claudia Wells, who declined to reprise the role from Back to the Future due to a family illness.
In May 1990, Shue made her Broadway debut in Some American Abroad at the Lincoln Center. Also on Broadway, in 1993, she performed in Tina Howe's production of Birth and After Birth. Also in 1993, she played Robert Downey Jr.'s girlfriend in the supernatural romantic comedy ensemble Heart and Souls.
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 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.
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 
Known to her friends and family as "Lisa", Shue is married to film director Davis Guggenheim. 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 second brother, William, who died in 1988 at the age of 26 in a swimming accident while on family vacation.
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