Elizabeth Shue Wiki & Then And Now – What has happened to the star from the 80’s
Before Elizabeth Shue became a Hollywood A-lister, Elizabeth Judson Shue was a real-life all American girl.
Elizabeth is a direct descendant of one of America’s founding fathers, William Brewster, from her mother’s side. Her mother is Anne Brewster, a corporate executive, while her father, James William Shue, was a real estate developer and lawyer.
Elizabeth attended Wellesley College for a few years but later enrolled in Harvard University to earn her degree in political science. However, upon a friend’s encouragement to audition for commercials, the proverbial acting bug bit her after starring in several commercials. In 1988, she dropped out of college to concentrate on her acting career, just a semester away from earning her degree. In 1997, she went back to Harvard to get that political science degree. And she has no regrets with how things played out.
Her rise to fame
Before Elizabeth rose to fame, she had appeared in several commercials. When she appeared in the 1984 iconic film, The Karate Kid, she was only 21 years old. After The Karate Kid, she was offered several roles that she could not handle school and acting at the same time. This was when she decided to focus on her acting career and leave Harvard. Her star only continued to rise after that.
Tom Cruise’s love interest in Cocktail
After appearing as Tom Cruise’s love interest in “Cocktail,” another great opportunity came knocking at her door: an offer to play Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend in “Back to the Future.” As the original actress was not available, the producers had to look for someone who looked like her. Enter Elizabeth Shue and the rest is Hollywood movie history. The film’s sequels became phenomenal successes like the first film and further raised Elizabeth Shue’s image and brand as an actress.
Her string of blockbusters in the 1980s included “The Karate Kid,” “Cocktail, “ “Adventures in Babysitting,” and “Back to the Future” 2 and 3. She was a force to reckon with in the 80s.
In the 90s, after resting for a few years, Elizabeth went back to the big screen via “Leaving Las Vegas” opposite Nicholas Cage. This time, she reinvented herself and presented herself as an adult to the audience. She was even nominated for an Oscar for that role.
After starring in two more hits, “The Saint” and “Hollow Man,” she took another hiatus from Hollywood to focus on another role, that of being wife and, eventually, mother.
Her Marriage with Davis Guggenheim
It was a whirlwind romance for Elizabeth and Davis Guggenheim. They met and married in 1994. It was a no-brainer for Elizabeth with regard to what she needed to prioritize. She easily chose her family. They were able to immediately start a family. Their eldest, Miles, was born in 1997, followed by Stella in 2001, and Agnes in 2006. Elizabeth embraced her role as wife and mother happily. While Elizabeth was busy keeping house, husband Davis took care of the family. He is a producer and director in his own right.
Their kids & Elizabeth Shue’s life now
Now that their children are all grown-up, Miles is at college and Stella and Agnes are busy in school, Elizabeth can now go back to her first love. But this time, she started a new phase in her career, this time invading the small screen. She landed a juicy role in CSI, filling in the hole that actress marg Helgenberger left. She stayed on CSI for three seasons. She transitioned back to the big screen via “Battle of the Sexes” opposite Steve Carell. Elizabeth shared that movie roles become limited when you reach a certain age, whereas TV has more elbow room. In ‘Battle of the Sexes,” she plays the wife of sexist tennis player Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell. She also finished filming a remake of “Death Wish” with Bruce Willis, shown in 2018.
Elizabeth and Davis left the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and moved to Chicago for their children.
There is surely a lot of mileage left in this golden girl.