ELISABETH SHUE, Academy AwardÂ® nominee for "Leaving Las Vegas," was born in
Wilmington, Delaware, and raised primarily in South Orange, New Jersey. She
enrolled at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and studied government, aiming
for a career as an attorney. A friend suggested she audition for work in TV
commercials in order to help pay college expenses.
a series of commercials and began studying acting at New York's Showcase
talent scout spotted one of her commercials and the result was her professional
acting debut in the acclaimed "Call To Glory" series starring Craig T.
Nelson and Cindy Pickett. She soon won the top female role with Ralph Macchio in
the popular feature film "The Karate Kid."
her career, she earned admission to Harvard University and continues to work
towards completion of a degree between projects.
film roles include "Adventures In Babysitting," "Cocktail,"
opposite Tom Cruise; "The Marrying Man," with Kim Basinger and Alec
Baldwin; and "Soapdish," with Sally Field, Kevin Kline and Whoopi
Goldberg. Subsequently, she starred in "Radio Inside," "Twenty
Bucks" "Heart And Souls" and Steven Soderbergh's
It was her
extraordinary performance in the 1995 film "Leaving Las Vegas" that
brought Shue worldwide stardom. Her performance was singled out for a
number of honors, among them an Academy AwardÂ® nomination as Best Actress. She
was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics, National Society Of Film
Critics, Dallas Film Critics and South Florida Film Critics, and won the
Independent Sprit Award. She also received Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild
award nominations for her work in the picture.
recent credits include "The Trigger Effect,"
"The Saint," "Deconstructing Harry," "Cousin
Bette," "Palmetto" and "Molly."
mid-'90s, she made an impressive New York theatrical debut in "Some
Americans Abroad" at Lincoln Center. Other stage credits include
"Birth And After Birth," which led to her participation in the
development of a new theatre group called The Cooperative.
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