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Elisabeth Judson Shue

(1963-10-06) October 6, 1963 (age 58)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1984 - present
Spouse(s) Davis Guggenheim (1994-present; 3 children)

Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American actress. She is best known for her work in the movies The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Back to the Future Parts II and III and Leaving Las Vegas.

Early life

Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Shue's mother was a descendant of Pilgrim religious leader William Brewster. Her father's family moved from Germany to Pennsylvania in the early 19th century. Shue's younger brother, Andrew, is also an actor.

Shue grew up in Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey. Her parents divorced when she was young. Shue graduated from Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey. She later studied at Wellesley College and Harvard University. Shue left Harvard early because of her acting career. She returned to Harvard to finish her degree in Government in 2000.


1980s and early 1990s

While in high school, Shue acted in television commercials. She did ads for Burger King, DeBeers diamonds, and Hellman's mayonnaise.

Her first movie role was in 1984. She acted in The Karate Kid. She played the girlfriend of Ralph Macchio. In 1986, she acted with Terrance Stamp in the British horror movie Link. Adventures in Babysitting was her first acting job where she was the main character.

Personal life

Shue is married to movie 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. This brother died in 1988 at the age of 26 in a swimming accident.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Karate Kid Ali Mills
1986 Link Jane Chase Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
1987 Double Switch Kathy Shelton TV movie (ABC)
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Chris Parker
1988 Cocktail Jordan Mooney
1989 Back to the Future Part II Jennifer Parker/McFly
1990 Back to the Future Part III Jennifer Parker
1991 Soapdish Lori Craven
1991 Marrying Man, TheThe Marrying Man Adele Horner
1993 Twenty Bucks Emily Adams
1993 Heart and Souls Anne
1994 Radio Inside Natalie
1994 Blind Justice Caroline TV movie
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Sera
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
  • National Society of Film Critics 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
1995 Underneath Susan Crenshaw
1996 Trigger Effect, TheThe Trigger Effect Annie Kay
1997 Saint, TheThe Saint Dr. Emma Russell
1997 Deconstructing Harry Fay
1998 Cousin Bette Jenny Cadine
1998 Palmetto Mrs. Donnelly/Rhea Malroux
1999 Molly Molly McKay
2000 Hollow Man Linda McKay
2001 Amy & Isabelle Isabelle Goodrow
2002 Tuck Everlasting Narrator voice only
2004 Mysterious Skin Mrs. McCormick
2005 Hide and Seek Elizabeth
2005 Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Lilly Crane
2007 First Born Laura
2007 Gracie Lindsay Bowen
2008 Hamlet 2 Herself
2009 Don McKay Sonny
2010 Piranha 3-D Sheriff Julie Forester
2010 Waking Madison Dr. Elizabeth Barnes
2012 House at the End of the Street Sarah
2012 Russian of Gold Green Duck
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Julie Finlay Series regular
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