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Biography #2 (for Gracie)Elisabeth Shue was honored with an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Mike Figgis's Leaving Las Vegas, in which she starred opposite Nicolas Cage. Shue's poignant portrayal of a prostitute who has a doomed love affair with an alcoholic also brought her Best Actress Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award.
Shue most recently starred in Dreamer opposite Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. Her list of film credits includes Hide and Seek, opposite Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning; the independent film Mysterious Skin, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, opposite Kevin Bacon; the title role in John Duigan's Molly; Des McAnuff's Cousin Bette; Volker Schlondorff's Palmetto; Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry; Phillip Noyce's The Saint, opposite Val Kilmer; David Koepp's The Trigger Effect opposite Kyle MacLachlan and Gracie co-star Dermot Mulroney; Ron Underwood's Heart and Souls, opposite Robert Downey Jr.; Soapdish, with Sally Field and Kevin Kline; Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future, Parts II & III, with Michael J. Fox; Roger Donaldson's Cocktail, opposite Tom Cruise; Chris Columbus's Adventures in Babysitting; and John G. Avildsen's The Karate Kid.
On television, Shue starred in the Oprah Winfrey Presentation Amy and Isabelle. In addition to her work on the screen, Shue starred on Broadway in Richard Nelson's Some Americans Abroad and off¬Broadway in Lanford Wilson's Burn This, opposite Peter Sarsgaard.
Bio courtesy Picturehouse for "Gracie" (02-Jun-2007)
Biography #3Elisabeth Shue, Academy Award® nominee for Leaving Las Vegas, was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised primarily in South Orange, New Jersey. She enrolled at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and studied government, aiming for a career as an attorney. A friend suggested she audition for work in TV commercials in order to help pay college expenses.
She landed a series of commercials and began studying acting at New York's Showcase Theatre. An ABC talent scout spotted one of her commercials and the result was her professional acting debut in the acclaimed Call To Glory series starring Craig T. Nelson and Cindy Pickett. She soon won the top female role with Ralph Macchio in the popular feature film The Karate Kid.
Early in her career, she earned admission to Harvard University and continues to work towards completion of a degree between projects.
Her other film roles include Adventures In Babysitting, Cocktail, opposite Tom Cruise; The Marrying Man, with Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin; and Soapdish, with Sally Field, Kevin Kline and Whoopi Goldberg. Subsequently, she starred in Radio Inside, Twenty Bucks Heart And Souls and Steven Soderbergh's Underneath.
It was her extraordinary performance in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas that brought Shue worldwide stardom. Her performance was singled out for a number of honors, among them an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. She was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics, National Society Of Film Critics, Dallas Film Critics and South Florida Film Critics, and won the Independent Sprit Award. She also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for her work in the picture.
Her most recent credits include The Trigger Effect, The Saint, Deconstructing Harry, Cousin Bette, Palmetto and Molly.
In the mid-'90s, she made an impressive New York theatrical debut in Some Americans Abroad at Lincoln Center. Other stage credits include Birth And After Birth, which led to her participation in the development of a new theatre group called The Cooperative.
Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures (05-Jan-2003)
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