Elisabeth Shue was born on October 6, 1963 in Wilmington,
Elisabeth is sometimes credited as Lisa Shue.
In 1984, Elisabeth Shue landed a role in THE KARATE KID as
the the onscreen girlfriend of Ralph Macchio. Elisabeth went
back to school in 2000, and Graduated from Harvard University
June 8, 2000, with a degree in Political Science. Shue was
one semester short of earning her degree, when she dropped
out to pursue her career 15 years ago.
December 2002 Elisabeth Shue co-starred with Peter Sarsgaard
in the Off-Broadway Revival of BURN THIS by Lanford Wilson.
Shue's hyperkinetic lip-synching of "And Then He Kissed Me,"
performed under the opening credits of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING
(1987), is Elisabeth's most memorable role as the wholesome,
girl-next-door-pretty blonde. Elisabeth Shue became a common
sight in ads for Burger King, DeBeers diamonds, and Hellman's
mayonnaise, this is how she earned extra money during her
In 1995 Elisabeth Shue took a chance on a low-budget, high-risk
project entitled, LEAVING LAS VEGAS by Mike Figgis. Her gutsy
portrayal of a prostitute mixed up with a suicidal alcoholic
paid off as she was recognized with a Best Actress nomination
at the Academy Awards that year.
To date Elisabeth has taken a backseat to many of her male
co-stars as playing the girlfirend or love intrest: She was
Ralph Macchio's romantic interest in THE KARATE KID, Tom Cruise's
in COCKTAIL, and Michael J. Fox's in BACK TO THE FUTURE PART
II and PART III.
Elisabeth Shue's other notable credits include...