Elisabeth Judson Shue, born October 6, 1963, is an American actress, known for her roles in the movies The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Soapdish, Leaving Las Vegas, The Saint, Hollow Man and more recently Death Wish. Take a look below for 26 more interesting and fascinating facts about Elisabeth Shue.
1. She has won several acting awards and has been nomination for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
2. Shue has starred as Julie Finlay in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2012 to 2015.
3. Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Anne Brewster and James William Shue, a one time congressional candidate, lawyer and real estate developer, who was president of the International Food and Beverage Corporation.
4. Her mother was a vice president in the private banking division of the Chemical Banking Corporation.
5. Shue grew up in South Orange, New Jersey.
6. Her parents divorced when she was nine years old.
7. Shue’s mother is a descendant of Pilgrim leader William Brewster, while her father’s family emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in the early 19th century.
8. Shue was raised with her three brothers, William, Andrew and John, and was very close to them.
9. Her younger brother, Andrew, is also an actor, best known for his role as Billy Campbell in the Fox series Melrose Place.
10. Shue graduated from Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she and Andrew were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1994.
11. She has two half-siblings from her father’s remarriage, Jenna and Harvey Shue.
12. Shue attended Wellesley College and, in her junior year, was inspired by a friend to work in television commercials as a way to pay for college.
13. She transferred to Harvard University in 1985, from which she withdrew to pursue her acting career one semester short of earning her degree.
14. The same year she left Harvard, 1988, her older brother, William, died in a swimming accident while on a family vacation.
15. Shue returned to Harvard in 1997 and completed her B.A. in political science in 2000.
16. Shue got started in commercials as The Burger King Girl.
17. She was an accomplished high school gymnast, with aspirations to go to the state finals, at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her brother, Andrew Shue, and Zach Braff also attended Columbia High School.
18. Shue was cast as the female lead in the Jim Carrey movie The Number 23 but had to drop out just weeks before shooting because of her pregnancy. Shue was replaced by Virginia Madsen.
19. She was among the final candidates for the female lead in Say Anything… According to director Cameron Crowe, “Elisabeth Shue did an amazing version of the graduation speech.” Jennifer Connelly was runner-up to Ione Skye, who got the role in the end.
20. The 2007 movie Gracie is based on the events that occurred in her and her brother Andrew Shue’s lives.
21. Shue replaced Claudia Wells as Jennifer Parker, Michael J. Fox’s girlfriend, in the two sequels to Back to the Future. Claudia’s mother was dying from cancer, requiring the re-casting.
22. Growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey, Zach Braff lived around the corner from the Shues.
23. As of 2018, she has never appeared in a movie nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
24. Shue is married to film director Davis Guggenheim. The couple have three kids, Miles William, Stella Street and Agnes Charles.
25. In May 1990, Shue made her Broadway debut in Some American Abroad at the Lincoln Center.
26. In 2017, she appeared in Battle of the Sexes, opposite Steve Carell and Emma Stone.