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"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 Award.

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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