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Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth got her start in acting in television commercials. Elisabeth became a common sight in ads for Burger King, DeBeers diamonds, and Hellman's mayonnaise. In 1984, she landed a role in the The Karate Kid (1984) as the on-screen girlfriend of Ralph Macchio and a role as the teenage daughter of a military family in the short-lived series Call to Glory . At this time, Shue got herself an acting coach and transferred to Harvard, where she began studying political science.

She continued her acting work with Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail , Soapdish) and The Marrying Man. Her brother Andrew Shue had almost eclipsed her own fame by landing a starring role in the hit TV series Melrose Place. It was at this time that Elisabeth took a chance on a low-budget, high-risk project entitled Leaving Las Vegas, directed by Mike Figgis. Her gutsy portrayal of a prostitute mixed up with a suicidal alcoholic paid off as she was recognized with a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards that year. This was the turning point of her career. What followed was a barrage of film roles, including The Saint , Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Palmetto and Hollow Man.

Elisabeth sontinues to impress with a variety of film and television roles that show off her versatility as an actress and not just her good looks and girl-next-door persona.