Who is Elisabeth Shue?

Elisabeth Shue was born on 6 October 1963, in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, and is an actress, best known for her roles in several high profile films, including “The Karate Kid”, “Back to the Future Part II”, “Back to the Future Part III”, and “Hollow Man”.

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The Net Worth of Elisabeth Shue

How rich is Elisabeth Shue? As of late-2019, sources estimate her net worth at over $12.5 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She’s been in the entertainment industry since 1982, and has won numerous awards during her career.

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Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Elisabeth’s father was a real estate developer and lawyer, who was once the president of the International Food and Beverage Corporation. Her mother on the other hand was a vice-president of a banking division of the Chemical Banking Corporation. She stayed in Wilmington for nine years before moving to South Orange, New Jersey due to her parents divorcing. She is of German and English descent. She grew up with three brothers to whom she is very close, and later had two half-siblings as her father remarried.

She attended Columbia High School in nearby Maplewood, and after matriculating enrolled at Wellesley College, before transferring to Harvard University in 1985. She did not complete her college education, however, as she chose to withdraw from university to pursue an acting career after she was inspired by a friend. It wasn’t until a decade later that she completed her Harvard degree in political science.

Rise to Fame

Her career actually began earlier, with television commercials – she appeared frequently in advertisements for Burger King.


In 1982, she had a support role in “The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana” which would lead to her feature film debut in “The Karate Kid” in 1984, appearing opposite Ralph Macchio as the main character’s love interest. Around the same time, she was a series regular of the short-lived “Call to Glory”, before working on the horror film Link. In 1987, she was then cast in “Adventures of Babysitting” and then worked on “Cocktail“ the following year as the love interest of Tom Cruise’s character. Nearing the end of the decade, she played the role of Jennifer Parker in “Back to the Future Part II”, as well as its sequel “Back to the Future Part III”, replacing Claudia Wells.

She was getting more lead roles at this point, but also made her Broadway debut in 1990 in “Some American Abroad”, before appearing alongside Robert Downey Jr. in “Soap Dish”. Over the next few years, she had supporting roles in both film and television, such as “Twenty Bucks”, “The Underneath”, and “Hearts and Souls”. Many consider her work in 1995’s “Leaving Las Vergas” as her career defining role, with her performance earning her an Academy Award nomination. She was also nominated for several other awards, winning an Independent Spirit Awards as well as a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

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Recent Projects

Following her Oscar nomination, she started to gain more diverse roles, working in “The Trigger Effect”, “Deconstructing Harry”, and “The Saint”, displaying variety in her acting skillset, and in 1999 she starred as the titular “Molly” portraying an autistic young woman. A few years later she worked alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Mysterious Skin”, before appearing with Robert De Niro in “Hide and Seek”. She also produced the film “Gracie” with her brothers, and starred in “First Born” alongside Steven Mackintosh.

In 2008, she portrayed a fictionalized version of herself in “Hamlet 2”, before making an appearance during the seventh season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. She also starred in “House at the End of the Street”, “Hope Springs”, and “Chasing Mavericks”, and took more television roles, becoming a regular during the 12th season of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, staying with the show for three years. One of her latest projects is the Eli Roth remake of “Death Wish” alongside Bruce Willis, and she had a leading role in the television series “The Boys” in 2019, which gained a lot of acclaim.


Personal Life and Social Media

For her personal life, it is known that Shue married film director Davis Guggenheim in 1994, and they have three children together Her husband is known for his work on the shows “NYPD Blue”, “24”, and “Alias”. He’s also worked on documentaries such as “An Inconvenient Truth”, “Waiting for Superman”, and “He Named Me Malala”. He is the only film maker with three different documentaries ranked within the top 100 highest grossing documentaries of all time. and mentioned that she finds it easier to portrayer darker or more complex characters.

She tries her best not to bring home any of those characters with her at the end of the day. She also admitted to smoking a lot of marijuana during her youth, and that she took a lot of therapy due to a male dominated childhood.

One of the reasons why there is very limited information about her is due to the lack of any strong online presence. She does not have accounts on any of the major social media websites. She became famous during the time when social media was not yet common, and despite the lack of it, she is still considered one of the most well-known actresses of modern times.


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