"What's really been fun about playing Rhea Malroux,"
says ELISABETH SlIUE, "is that she has no boundaries,
and is very childlike in the way she looks at the world. She has
many personalities, and because she is so childlike, she allows
all of those identities to emerge. Even when she's using a personality
to manipulate, she gets caught up in that persona and believes
that's who she really is at that moment."
Elisabeth Shue has been the recipient of an Academy Award nomination
for her stirring portrayal of a call girl who cares for a suicidal
alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas. Her performance also garnered
Best Actress awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the National
Society of Film Critics, the Dallas Film Critics, and the South
Florida Film Critics, as well as an Independent Spirit Award.
She was also nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild
Born in Wilmington, DE. and raised in South Orange, NJ, Shue enrolled
at Wellesley and studied government to pursue a career as an attorney.
A high school friend who had appeared in some commercials suggested
Shue audition as a way to help defray college expenses. Soon thereafter,
she landed a series of commercials, and began to study acting
at the Showcase Theatre in NYC.
Spotted by an ABC talent scout, Shue was cast with Craig T. Nelson
and Cindy Pickett in Call to Glory. She made her motion
picture debut in the role of Ralph Macchio's girlfriend in The
Karate Kid followed by starring roles in Adventures in
Babysitting and Cocktail.
Over the course of her career, Shue has chosen widely divergent
roles that have allowed her to grow as an actress. Her credits
include Twenty Bucks, Radio Inside, The Marrying Man, Heart
and Souls, Soapdish, The Underneath, The Trigger Effect and
most recently, The Saint opposite Val Kilmer. She made
her Broadway debut in Some Americans Abroad at Lincoln
Center. She also appeared in Birth and After Birth by Tina
Howe, which led to her participation in the development of the
theatre group, The Cooperative.
Shue will next be seen starring with Jessica Lange in Cousin
Bette, and as part of an ensemble cast in Woody Allen's Deconstructing
Harry, alongside Demi Moore, Julia LouisDreyfus, Judy
Davis, Robin Williams and Allen.
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