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Elisabeth Shue

Updated on July 4, 2015

Actress Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue's acting career stretches back to the early 1980s, and during this time she has proven herself to a a very marketable and popular actress. In her earlier acting days, Shue generally portrayed the "girl next door" type of character, but has since gone to act in more diverse roles. Currently, Elisabeth is starring as a regular on the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Night-Shift Assistant Supervisor Julie Finlay.

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Shue has starred in over 35 films, and has won five prestigious acting awards for her roles in those movies.

Quick Elisabeth Shue Bio

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Elisabeth Shue first caught the acting bug in the early 1980s while attending high school in New Jersey, and quickly found herself starring in commercials (see below). Her first big break came in 1984 when she landed the co-starring role in the hit film The Karate Kid. That gig served as a springboard to more work as Shue landed her first starring role in 1987's Adventures in Babysitting. Elisabeth also scored supporting roles in popular films such as Cocktail with Tom Cruise, and a pair of Back to the Future sequels.

In 1995, Shue gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of a prostitute in the hit film Leaving Las Vegas. That role earned her five acting awards and also a nomination for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actress. With her success in Leaving Las Vegas, Shue was now able to select roles that stretched her acting talents, starring and co-starring in a wide range of movies in the late 1990s and 2000s.

In the past few years, Elisabeth has moved her skills to the television arena, starring on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm in the 2009 season. In 2012, Shue joined the cast of the hit TV show CSI: Crime scene Investigation, replacing the retiring long-time series star Marg Helgenberger, who left the show to return to the stage.

Shue's Commercial Clips

Just before hitting it big with film The Karate Kid in 1984, Elisabeth could be seen on television commercials promoting a variety of products.

Shue Quote

"I may be portrayed as the 'girl next door', but you wouldn't want to live next door to me."

- Elisabeth Shue

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      I always mix her with Leslie Mann for some reason :P


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