Elizabeth Shue

Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated American film actress.

During her studies at Columbia and after her parents' divorce, she found a way to make extra money by acting in television commercials. Shue became a common sight in ads for Burger King, DeBeers diamonds, and Hellman's mayonnaise.

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. 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. She also appeared in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III as Jennifer Parker, replacing original actress Claudia Wells, who declined to reprise the role from Back to the Future.


Although often recognized for her girl next door Shue starred as a prostitute in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas with Nicolas Cage. The role earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She was also nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress, and won the Best Actress awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Since then, she has starred in The Trigger Effect, The Saint, Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Palmetto, and Hollow Man. In 1999, Shue starred in Molly as an autistic young woman, who underwent an operation that allowed her to become more "normal." She had strong supporting roles in Hide and Seek opposite Robert De Niro and Mysterious Skin. Shue reportedly was set to co-star with Jim Carrey in The Number 23 but became pregnant just weeks before filming and ended up losing the part to Virginia Madsen[citation needed].

In 2007, Shue and her two brothers produced Gracie. She had a role in the film, which is set in 1978 and loosely based upon Elisabeth's own experiences as the only girl on a boys soccer team.

Shue is currently filming a psychological thriller, Waking Madison, for director Katherine Brooks.[citation needed] It centers on a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder trying to piece back together her life.

She is rumored to be attached to The Hard Ride, which would see her reunited with Val Kilmer (whom she co-starred with on The Saint).[citation needed] The movie follows a legendary gunfighter and his close friends to 1876 Deadwood, Dakota Territory.

Elizabeth Shue

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