Who is Elisabeth Shue?

Elisabeth Shue is an American actress who has worked in the entertainment field from 1982 to date. It has already been over 35 years since she started working in this field. She started acting from her college days, landed roles in commercials, and eventually played films and series roles. Likewise, she is well-known for her highly successful martial arts drama film ‘The Karate Kid’ where she played Ali Mills. Moreover, she is also popular for playing in the forensics crime drama TV series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ as Julie Finlay. Elisabeth is one of the versatile actresses in the industry who has received prestigious nominations and awards for her acting roles.

Quick Info
Full NameElisabeth Judson Shue
Birth Date6 October 1963
Birth PlaceWilmington, Delaware, USA
Parents NameWilliam Shue
Anne Brewster (née Wells)
Siblings3 brothers
2 half-siblings
HusbandDavis Guffenheim (1994-Present)
Children3- Miles William, Stella Street, and Agnes Charles
Net Worth 2021$12.5 million
Height5 feet and 2 inches (1.57m/157cm)
Weight53 kg (117lbs)

Elisabeth Shue


Elisabeth Judson Shue is also known by her nickname, Lisa. She was born on 6 October 1963, in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. Her father James William Shue was a lawyer, and real estate developer while her mother Anne Brewster (née Wells) worked for the Chemical Banking Corporation. Moreover, she grew alongside her three brothers William, Andrew (also an actor), and John in South Orange, New Jersey. As her parents divorced when she was nine years old, she also has two half-siblings named Jenna and Harvey Shue, from her father’s second marriage. Additionally, she is currently 37 years old with a Libra star sign.

Nationality and Physical Stats

Elisabeth Shue holds an American nationality and as per her ethnicity, she is White. She has German and English ancestry. Besides this, he stands 5 feet and 2 inches (1.57m/157cm) tall and weighs around 53 kg (117lbs). Moreover, she has a slim body type, having a pair of green-colored eyes and blonde hair color.


Carla Gugino attended and graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in 1981. She then enrolled at Wellesley College for a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and transferred to Harvard University in 1985. But she didn’t complete her studies there to pursue her acting career. Moreover, after 15 years she returned to Harvard to complete her pending course and graduated in 2000.


This actress does not have official social media accounts.

Personal Life

Elisabeth Shue tied a knot with Davis Guffenheim who is a film director in 1994. This couple together has three children named Miles William, Stella Street, and Agnes Charles. They live in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Movies of Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue landed her debut film role in the 1989 film ‘Somewhere, Tomorrow’ where she played Margie. The next year, she appeared in the martial arts drama film ‘The Karate Kid’ in 1984 where she played the role of Ali Mills starring opposite Ralph Macchio. This film became a huge hit critically as well as commercially. Likewise, she then appeared in ‘Link’ in 1986, ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ in 1987, and ‘Cocktail’ in 1988. In 1989 and 1990, she featured in ‘Back to the Future Part II’ and ‘Back to the Future Part III’ as Jennifer Parker. Moreover, her other 1990s films were ‘Soapdish,’ ‘Twenty Bucks,’ ‘The Underneath,’ Deconstructing Harry,’ ‘City of Angels,’ etc. She also portrayed the role of Sera in the 1995 film  ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ for which she received a nomination for Academy Award.  It starred Nicolas Cage and Julian Sands.

Furthermore, in the 2000s she starred in various films and proved her versatility as an actress. To name a few they are ‘Hollow Man,’ ‘Tuck Everlasting’ as narrator, ‘Mysterious Skin,’ ‘Hide and Seek,’ ‘Dreamer,’ ‘Hamlet 2,’ ‘Waking Madison,’ etc. In 2012, she played in ‘Hope Springs’ as Karen, The Bartender, ‘House at the End of the Street’ as Sarah, and ‘Chasing Mavericks’ as Kristy. Two years later, she appeared in ‘Behaving Badly’ where she played the role of Pamela Bender. Likewise, in 2017 she played in ‘Battle of the Sexes’ and starred alongside Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Bill Pullman, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, etc. Her recently played film is ‘Greyhound’ in 2020 where she played Eva Krause.

TV Shows

Talking about her television career,  Elisabeth landed her debut TV role in the television film named ‘The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana’ in 1982. She then had a main role in ‘Call to Glory’ from 1984 to 1985. She next appeared in ‘Wonderful World of Color’ in 1987, ‘Dream On’ in 1993, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ in 2004, and ‘American Dad!’ in 2012. Likewise, she had a main role in ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ where she played the role of Julie Finlay from 2012 to 2015. Furthermore, she also had roles in ‘Blunt Talk’ in 2015, ‘The Boys’ in 2019 which ran till 2020, and ‘Constance’ which is a television film of 2019. Her latest TV appearance is in ‘Cobra Kai’ in 2021 where she has a guest role as Ali Mills.

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Elisabeth Shue has won the Young Artist Awards for her film role ‘The Karate Kid’ in 1984. She has also received various awards and nominations for her film ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ in 1995. Some of them are the Awards Circuit Community Award, Independent Spirit Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics.

Net Worth of Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue has an estimated net worth of 12.5 million as of 2021.