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Elisabeth Shue (born October 6, 1963) is a popular, Academy Award-nominated American film actress.
Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware, into a well-heeled and well-educated family and grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey|Bergen and Essex County, New Jersey|Essex counties in New Jersey. Her parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade. Her father, who was active in Republican politics, once unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey. Shue graduated Columbia High School (Maplewood, New Jersey)|Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey attended Wellesley College and Harvard College, from which she withdrew to pursue her acting career. She acted in television commercials for extra spending money. She returned to Harvard, 15 years after withdrawing, to finish her degree in government in the year 2000. [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000223/bio]
Her brother is ''Melrose Place'' actor Andrew Shue. Another brother, William, died at age 26 in a freak accident while on family vacation in 1988; as both siblings watched on helplessly, the tire swing that William was on broke causing him to become impaled on a broken tree branch.
In 1984, she co-starred in ''The Karate Kid'' as the onscreen girlfriend of Ralph Macchio and had a role as the teenage daughter of a military family in the short-lived series ''Call to Glory''.
She continued her acting work with ''Adventures in Babysitting'' (which was Shue's first starring role), ''Cocktail'', ''Soapdish'' and ''The Marrying Man'', as well as playing the role of Jennifer Parker in the two ''Back to the Future'' sequels. Claudia Wells played Jennifer Parker in the original ''Back to the Future'' movie.
Trying to shed her girl next door|girl-next-door image, Elisabeth took a chance on a low-budget, high-risk project called ''Leaving Las Vegas''. Her portrayal of a prostitute mixed up with a suicidal alcoholic (played by Nicholas Cage) earned her an Academy Award nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress#1990s|Best Actress.
Since then, she has starred in ''The Saint'', ''Deconstructing Harry'', ''Palmetto'' and ''Hollow Man''.
She is married to Davis Guggenheim director of the HBO TV series ''Deadwood''. They have a son, Miles William, and a daughter, Stella Street. Elisabeth is expecting her third child in summer 2006.