Fast Facts

  • Broke into acting in the early 1980s with a series of national Burger King commercials.
  • Made her big-screen debut playing the girlfriend of Ralph Macchio's character in The Karate Kid (1984).
  • Took a break from Hollywood in 2000 and returned to Harvard to finish her political-science degree.
  • Played on a boys' soccer team for three years prior to high school; the experience inspired the 2007 indie drama Gracie, which was directed by her husband Davis Guggenheim.


  • 1995, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Winner


  • William Shue — Brother
  • Agnes Charles Guggenheim — Daughter
  • Davis Guggenheim — Husband
  • Andrew Shue — Brother
  • Stella Street Guggenheim — Daughter
  • John Shue — Brother
  • James Shue — Father
  • Anne Harms — Mother
  • Miles William Guggenheim — Son


  • Attended Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; Harvard University, Boston, MA (BA in Political Science, 2000)

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  • Birth Name: Elisabeth Judson Shue
  • Birth Place: Wilmington, DE
  • Profession: Actor

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