ELISABETH SHUE (Fay) received an Academy Award nomination,
a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination
as Best Actress for her performance in "Leaving Las Vegas."
She was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics, the
National Society of Film Critics, the Dallas Film Critics, the
South Florida Film Critics, and also won an Independent Spirit
Award for her work in the film.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, but raised primarily in the suburb
of South Orange, New Jersey, Shue is one of four siblings (three
brothers) from a close knit family. Spending most of her childhood
with boys, she excelled in a variety of sports, including football,
gymnastics, baseball and basketball.
Shue attended Wellesley College studying government. While in
college, she began appearing in television commercials to help
defray her tuition and living expenses. She also studied acting
with Sylvie Leigh at the Showcase theater in New York City. Spotted
by an ABC-TV talent scout, Shue was cast in the critically acclaimed
"Call to Glory," starring Craig T. Nelson and Cindy
Pickett," and made her film debut alongside Ralph Macchio
in "The Karate Kid."
Other films include "The Underneath," "The Trigger
Effect," "Heart and Souls," "Radio Inside,"
"Soapdish," "The Marrying Man," "Cocktail"
and "Adventures in Babysitting."
She recently starred opposite Val Kilmer in Phillip Noyce's "The
Saint," and will be seen in two upcoming films, "Cousin
Bette" and "Palmetto."
On stage Shue appeared at Lincoln Center in "Some Americans
Abroad" and was praised by Frank Rich for giving a "brilliant
and incandescent performance." She also appeared on stage
in Tina Howe's "Birth and Afterbirth."
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