What the Hell Happened to Elisabeth Shue?
Elisabeth Shue was the girl friend to the Karate Kid and Marty McFly. She had babysitting adventures and cocktails with Tom Cruise. In the 90s, she was an Academy Award nominee for Leaving Las Vegas, but then she disappeared from the spotlight until recently.
What the hell happened?
Shue got her start doing commercials. Here she is in a 1982 Burger King commercial which also features Lea Thompson and little Sarah Michelle Gellar.
By 1983, Shue was shilling Whoppers solo.
Shue also appeared in the low budget ghost story, Somehwere Tomorrow. Sarah Jessica Parker starred. Shue’s role was a small one and she was credited as Lisa Shue.
In 1984, Shue landed a regular role on the TV show Call to Glory starring Craig T Nelson as an air force pilot in the 1960s. The family drama was inspired by the success of Top Gun and based loosely on The Right Stuff. However, the show was cancelled after the first season due to low ratings.
Shue considered the show the perfect introduction to show biz:
“I was lucky I started out on television on a show that got cancelled at the end of the year. I had a great character, I played a total tomboy. I was so fortunate that that was my first real experience, because I was very, very naïve; I did not know much about the world at that time, and I could have gotten lost, you know, in some other zone of reality.”
That same year, Shue starred opposite Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita in The Karate Kid.
The Karate Kid is basically Rocky for the teenage set. This is not surprising given that it was directed by Rocky director, John Avildsen.
As a 13-year-old, The Karate Kid was irresistible to me. I loved the story of an underdog roughly my own age who not only beat the odds but got the girl. I was instantly smitten with Shue’s fresh-faced California cheerleader. In my opinion, Daniel-san was playing way out of his league. I nearly signed up for karate classes as soon as I left the theater.
The Karate Kid was a surprise hit that summer. Three sequels and a remake followed. But Shue doesn’t appear in any of them, so we will speak of them no more.
Posted on March 23, 2011, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged Adventures in Babysitting, Back to the Future, Cocktail, csi, Elisabeth Shue, Hollow Man, karate kid, movies, Piranha, The Saint. Bookmark the permalink. 210 Comments.