Elisabeth Shue Shue
Birthday: 10/10/1963 Year
Age: 51 year
Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Nationality: United States
Height: 157 cm
Elisabeth Shue – unique. Rare Hollywood actress equally convincing in the role of a scientist and as a whore.
For the role of a kind of a prostitute in the drama “Leaving Las Vegas” Elisabeth Shue was nominated for “Oscar”. The role of physicists in the blockbuster “The Holy” and the recent thriller “Invisible” brought her international fame.
“Invisible Man” put Paul Verhoeven, who last studied physics and holds a PhD in Physics and Mathematics. It is no exaggeration to say that the “invisible” Elisabeth Shue embodies the alter ego of the director. She plays physicist Linda Foster, who is facing a moral dilemma: whether to give into the hands of the military is a powerful weapon, as invisibility.
“Verhoeven said from the beginning that he was going to stay in a dark and sexually charged story of human vices, – says Elisabeth Shue. -” Invisible “scary not because of the abundance of blood, but because it shows the disintegration of personality.”
The success of the film was given a heavy price. During the filming of Elizabeth severed Achilles tendon, and the studio has set a director replacing it with another actress. Verhoeven was adamant: no, it will only be removed Elisabeth Shue! Great authority director in Hollywood allowed him to achieve a temporary cessation of the shooting until recovery actress. As a thank Shu ventured out on shooting until they are cured and courageously fought with a limp for the remaining two months of work.
But the result justified the effort. The film was released in the US box office in the summer of militants and has raised more than $ 70 million.
However, last year was important for Elisabeth Shue for another reason. After meeting on the set of “Invisible Man” with the director – Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Elizabeth decided that simply must graduated from Harvard University, who has thrown 15 years ago, not survival rates of all semester.
Then, at age 21, her film career seemed more important. But after working in Hollywood, she realized that “it wither brains”, and decided a little change of scenery, to feel again like a normal person and not a doll.
Of course, it is not going to become a nuclear physicist, as her character in “invisible”. But now she has cum politician, and if there is no good roles, it just goes to a teaching job. She likes the atmosphere of the university. She says that in the future for sure try yourself in the director’s career – probably because her husband David Gaggenhaym works as a director. And, most likely, if possible, will itself produce their films to control what is happening on the set.
Spikes and thorns
Although Elizabeth took it a rule never to say anything bad about his films and partners, it does not hide the fact that sometimes it infuriates impossibility “calculate” that in the movie work. The biggest surprise (and embarrassment) became her big-budget action film “Ghost.” Elizabeth played her character, based on the fact that in the final, she will die. But the test screenings viewers did not like it, and then was rushed to make a new ending, in which the heroine finds love and happiness. “I would never have started to play her as an innocent dove, if I knew that she was left alive!” – Sorry to say Elizabeth shortly after the premiere of “Ghost.”
In the case of the tape “Leaving Las Vegas” was different. This film made famous actress Elizabeth, but before filming all tried to dissuade her from the role of a prostitute. The manager assured me that this film will put an end to her career. Moreover, the director Mike Figgis saw her wish and whim whim. Only after much persuasion, he agreed to do a test … and immediately signed her!
“I do not expect from this film – admitted later Elizabeth. – I just wanted to survive the front of the camera that has gone through this woman. I fully share her desire to give everything for the life of a loved one. I too have experienced …”
Elizabeth is referring to the death in 1988 of his beloved brother Will, whom she idolized. He fell from a tree, crashed and died literally in her arms. After his death, she was more than a year in a depression, not removed, even refused to communicate with their families.
However, her relationship with her parents has always been difficult.
Elisabeth Shue was born into a wealthy family (his mother – a banker, his father – a lawyer and a builder-developer). By and large it can be called a representative of the American aristocracy, because it can trace their ancestors to the English settlers who came to the US in the XVII century. Elizabeth’s father involved in politics, running for Congress from the Republican Party. Maternally Elizabeth – the fourth in a family woman, who graduated from Harvard.
But childhood future stars can not be called aristocratic. She had three brothers and Liz quickly fit into their company, becoming, in essence, the fourth little brother. On an equal playing with the boys in football, hockey and rugby, climbed trees, dived into the pond. The family lived in a large country mansion in New Jersey, my mother and father worked all the time, and Liz could hardly see them.
She was 11 years old when his parents decided to leave. Girl seriously experienced their break. Became poorly in school, coming home late, smoking weed. In high school she was considered the most desperate girl in school. In 15 years, it even arrested for driving a car without a license. Talking to the police, she played his first acting etude life: so cool portrayed an adult that she believed and was released on parole.
In 16 years there has been a painful awareness of their femininity. Liz could no longer play with the boys in football – they wanted to play with it in other games. And she always laughed at her suitors. She was considered the most uncomplexed girl in school, but in fact, Liz was terrified of all – relationships, affection and responsibility. Before her eyes all the time standing example of parents, so she did not admit to himself, though afraid of loneliness.
Stellar glory only worsened the situation on the personal front: she began to feel that the guys do not fall in love with her, and in her image.
Liz was 16 years old when she was invited to play in an advertisement restaurant Burger King. Freshness and innocence debutante liked acting agents, and invited her to Hollywood. She first starred in commercials, then lit up in the series “The call to glory” (Call to Glory), and then arrived, and the first movie role – Elizabeth played a girlfriend of the hero in the movie “The Karate Kid.”
She soon became the epitome of Hollywood “trophy girl” – cute and totally memorable beauty that guy gets at the end of the film for his exploits. Elizabeth could not stand her characters, but by inertia starred in one film after another and tried to convince myself that life is going well.
Will the death of his brother knocked it out of the rut. She stopped acting, became almost every day to go to psychotherapy, and as admitted later, in her soul now and then crept thought about suicide. Everything changed the day when she met David.
Producer David Gaggenhaym while also experiencing quite a difficult period in my life. He had a prestigious job, a lot of money, own production company, but he wanted to be a director, and he did not know whether he has enough energy and talent to succeed in his new role.
They met by chance. Friends dragged Elizabeth in a bowling alley in the hope that it’s a bit shatter. While the others were chasing balls, Elizabeth in old jeans, not made up, unkempt, sitting on the sidelines and wait until you can get away, no one offended. And suddenly noticed a guy who just sat apart from the others and indifferently looked at other people’s fun. An hour passed, two … They still sat, each on its own, and watched the other fun, and the guy every now and then sideways glances at Elizabeth.
In the end, she could not stand it – came over and asked if he wanted to invite her for a cup of coffee. “Of course I do!” – Enthusiastically he said.
So why is he still did not do it? It turns out, did not want to intrude. Surely such a movie star, Miss Shu, constantly suffering from obsessive attention of fans, and he did not want to aggravate her to his impudence.
So, it means that he recognized her? Without makeup, clothes from Armani, without the star shine?
“Well, of course, from the first minute!”
Again, like a boy
On the day they left the bowling alley together. Sitting in a cafe, walking the streets, bulling about life, and when realized it was time to go home, it was six in the morning. Two weeks later, Elizabeth moved to David. They are perfectly complemented each other: David encouraged Liz, Liz pushed David.
He soon left the producers in the directors and became involved in documentary. She, in turn, was admitted to Harvard. Then he made a starring role in “Leaving Las Vegas” and played so desperate and uncompromising that it caved awards – National Society of Film Critics Awards, Los Angeles-based Film Critics Association, the prize “Independent Spirit”, nominated for “Oscar”. It would seem that everything was perfect.
Idyll nearly collapsed on the set of “Ghost” in England. Elizabeth partner Val Kilmer at the time of the divorce with his wife, British actress Joanne Whalley, and apparently decided to lightly tickle the vanity of the former spouse. He called his beautiful partner, and said that, they say, he is with his little daughter goes to Wimbledon. If she wanted to join them – in fact it’s probably boring in England alone, without a husband? Elizabeth agreed, not feeling no catch. On match Keel-measures all the time telling funny stories, Elizabeth laughed goodbye Kilmer kissed her on the cheek …
The next day, all the British tabloids published photos kissing Val and Elizabeth and wrote that Val found a new lover. Elizabeth vehemently denied the rumors, but Kilmer all inquiries laconically replied: “No comment” – which, of course, further fueled the curiosity of newsmen.
“Of course, David did not believe it, but he was still very sad,” – said later Elizabeth. Fortunately, her husband realized his offense is not in domestic quarrels, and satirical strip “Gossip,” which mocked Hollywood mores. Everyone was waiting for a divorce – but the relationship of Elizabeth and David only strengthened.
In 1997 they had a son, Miles. “Now I live again in the company of men – just like a child!” – Laughing, she says. In his spare time the family went on nature: they climb trees, dive into the pond and play football. 37-year-old Elizabeth again feels a little boy. However, from time to time it is released in a very “adult” roles (for example, a courtesan in “Cousin Bette”), and then she has to remember that it is still a movie star.
When she starred in a scene of rape in the film “Leaving Las Vegas”, after filming the actor playing rapists, brought her a huge bouquet of roses. All day Elizabeth could hardly contain nerves, but at the sight of the bouquet “of rapists,” she became hysterical.
On pereozvuchivanii “Invisible Man” Elizabeth sometimes turned away from the screen – it was scary.
Although in most scenes “Invisible Man” Elizabeth starred with partnerom- “invisible” Kevin Bacon (it subsequently removed from the frame by means of computers), an intimate scene she had to play without a partner.
Elizabeth’s brother Andrew Shue also became an actor and became famous in the TV series “Melrose Place.”
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