Elisabeth Shue


Elisabeth Shue Trivia


  • Trivia

    • During her career, Elisabeth played two characters with last name McKay: Linda McKay in Hollow Man and Molly McKay in Molly.

    • Elisabeth has three sons/daughters: Miles William, Stella Street and Agnes Charles.

    • Elisabeth is married to Davis Guggenheim, a director of TV series and movies.

    • Elisabeth grew up in New Jersey, in Bergen and Essex counties.

    • Elisabeth starred as a grown woman with Autism who sees the world with a child-like innocence in 1999's Molly. After her brother urges her to participate in an experimental treatment, her Autism is gone, but her innoncence remains.

    • Elisabeth was cast as a mother that reveals her dark past to her teenaged daughter in the 2001 ABC movie Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy and Isabelle.

    • Elisabeth played Linda McKay, a United States Government scientist assisting Kevin Bacon with his top secret research project to unlock the secrets of invisibility, in 2000's The Hollow Man. During filming, she injured her Achilles tendon, causing a two month delay in production.

    • Elisabeth shattered her 'girl next door' image in 1995, when she was cast as Sera, an abused prostitute with a heart of gold that befriends an alcoholic on the road to destruction, played by Nicolas Cage, in Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas.

    • Elisabeth was the best baseball player at the auditions for a role in A League of Our Own, yet failed to land a part in the hit movie. She briefly thought of abandoning the acting business altogether, rather than play another non-important role.

    • Elisabeth earned praise for her comedic flair as a determined child care provider on a wild weekend night, in 1987's Adventures in Babysitting.

    • Elisabeth made her big screen debut alongside teen heartthrob Ralph Macchio, as his loyal girlfriend in the 1984 hit movie The Karate Kid.

    • Elisabeth appeared in a series of 20 television commercials as a uniformed spokesclerk for Burger King at age 16.

    • Elisabeth was amongst the final few for the lead role in Cameron Crowe's 1989 comedy Say Anything. Ione Skye eventually won out over Shue and Jennifer Connelly.

    • Elisabeth's son William is named after her late brother, who died at their family's summer home when the tire swing that the siblings were playing on broke while he was on it. He fell off and landed on a broken tree branch, and was impaled. He died while his siblings stood by helplessly.

    • Elisabeth was set to star in Jim Carrey's movie The Number 23, but dropped out just weeks before shooting started due to her third pregnancy. She was replaced by Virginia Madsen.

    • Elisabeth auditioned for the Sherilyn Fenn role in Of Mice and Men in 1992.

    • Elisabeth is known to her friends and family as 'Lisa'.

    • Elisabeth enjoys soccer, baseball, football, tennis, basketball, and spending time with her dog, Sonny.

    • Elisabeth's affiliation with the theater led to her participation in the development of a theater group called 'The Cooperative'.

    • Elisabeth made her Broadway debut in Some American Abroad at the Lincoln Center, in 1993. She went on to perform in Tina Howe's production of Birth and After Birth.

    • Elisabeth filmed the themepark-ride-film Body Wars for Walt Disney's Epcot Center, starring with Tim Matheson in 1989.

    • Elisabeth started her career in commercials while she was attending Wellesley College.

    • Elisabeth was inspired to pursue acting by her need for attention. Having grown up with three brothers, she found it to be the best way to express herself as an individual.

    • Awards:
      Young Artist Awards: Best Young Supporting Actress, 1985 (The Karate Kid, 1984).
      Paris Film Festival: Best Actress, 1988 (Adventures in Babysitting, 1987).

      For Leaving Las Vegas, 1995:
      National Society of Film Critics Awards, Best Actress (1996).
      Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Best Actress (1995).
      Independent Spirit Awards, Best Female Lead (1996).
      Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, Best Actor (1996).
      Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Best Actress, 1996.
      SAG Award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (1996).

    • Elisabeth returned to Harvard in 1997 to complete her political degree. In 2000, she had her BA in Political Science from the Harvard University.

    • Elisabeth is 5' 2" (1.57 m).

    • Back in high school, Elisabeth was an accomplished gymnast, who has aspired to get to the state finals.

    • Elisabeth gave birth to her third child, Agnes Charles in 2006 with husband Davis Guggenheim, who directs the HBO series Deadwood. The couple also has a son, Miles William, and another daughter, Stella Street.

    • Is the sister of Andrew Shue, Billy of Melrose Place.

  • Quotes

    • (when she was asked if she was exposed to feminism)
      Elisabeth: My mom had started to go to work when I was nine or ten, so I was aware of women trying to find their own identities by working. But I was still influenced by men to such an extreme. I wanted to play their games and wanted to compete in their world and be like them.

    • (about what attracted her to acting)
      Elisabeth: I used to have a very political answer to that question. I'd say it was a way to make money to pay for my education. And now, after years of therapy, I see it was a desperate need to express my own individuality. Growing up with three boys in a heavily male-dominated world, I especially needed to express myself as a woman.

    • (about how she was in her childhood)
      Elisabeth: I don't know if that's really true. Sometimes when I read about my rebellion in print it sounds a little overrated.

    • Elisabeth: I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next door to me.

    • (about the 1988 movie 'Cocktail')
      Elisabeth: If I'd known that it was just going to be about these guys throwing drinks around then I might have had some second thoughts...