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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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