Meet Elisabeth Shue, "Lindsay Bowen"

Actress Elizabeth Shue poses after a screening of "Gracie".
Actress Elizabeth Shue poses after a screening of "Gracie".
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Elisabeth Shue was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in Mike Figgis' "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. She also received 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"
  • 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.

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