Elisabeth Shue Biography

Elisabeth Shue (born October 6, 1963 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a popular American film actress combining glamour and intelligence in her roles.



Elisabeth Shue was born into a well-heeled and well-educated family and grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. Her parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade. Her father, who was active in Republican

 politics, once unsuccessfully ran for the US Senate in New Jersey. Shue attended Wellesley College and Harvard College and acted in television commercials for extra spending money.

Elisabeth Shue's brother is Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue. Another brother, William, died at age 26 in a freak accident while on family vacation in 1988, as both siblings watched helplessly.

In 1984, she co-starred in The Karate Kid as the onscreen girlfriend of Ralph Macchio and had a role as the teenage daughter of a military family in the short-lived series Call to Glory.

Elisabeth Shue continued her acting work with Adventures in Babysitting (which was Shue's first starring role), Cocktail, Soapdish and The Marrying Man, as well as playing the role of Jennifer Parker in the two Back to the Future sequels. Claudia Wells played Jennifer Parker in the original Back to the Future movie.

Trying to shed her girl-next-door image, Elisabeth took a chance on a low-budget, high-risk project called Leaving Las Vegas. Her portrayal of a prostitute mixed up with a suicidal alcoholic (played by Nicholas Cage) earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Since then, Elisabeth Shue has starred in The Saint, Deconstructing Harry, Palmetto and The Hollow Man.

She is married to Davis Guggenheim, director of the HBO TV series Deadwood. They have a son, Miles William, and a daughter, Stella Street.

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