Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

Actor
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Life Story

Elisabeth Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Anne Brewster (Wells), who worked for the Chemical Banking Corporation, and James William Shue, a lawyer and real estate developer. She is of German and English ancestry, including descent from Mayflower passengers. Shue's parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade. Owing to the occupational demands of her parents, Shue and her siblings found plenty of time to get into trouble in their suburban neighborhood, but Elisabeth soon enrolled in Wellesley College, an all-female institution which kept her out of trouble.

Family

Davis Guggenheim (August 1994 - present) (3 children)

Trivia

Son, Miles William, with Davis Guggenheim was born. [November 1997]
Older sister of Andrew Shue.
Got started in commercials as "The Burger King Girl.".
Was an accomplished high school gymnast, with aspirations to the state finals, at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her brother, Andrew Shue, and Zach Braff also attended Columbia High School.
Majored in Government at Wellesley College; transferred to Harvard University in 1985; planned to become an attorney.

Personal Quotes 

On Cocktail (1988): "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 . . ."
I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next door to me.
[on acting] The darker, more complex and emotional the part is, the easier it is for me. But I don't take any of that stuff home with me at the end of the day.
My childhood was male-dominated. It was great, but also very painful. Looking back after years of therapy, I realize that my wanting to act had nothing to do with making money and everything to do with needing attention and wanting to express myself and investigate my sexuality.

 

 
Filmography

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