Elisabeth Shue

Shue in 2011, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Elisabeth Judson Shue

Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 6, 1963

Ethnicity: German, English, as well as distant Swiss-German and Scottish, remote French Huguenot

Elisabeth Shue is an American actress. She is known particularly for her roles in the films The Karate Kid, Hollow Man, Back to the Future Parts II and III, and Leaving Las Vegas, having been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the latter. She has also been credited as Lisa Shue.

Elisabeth is the daughter of Anne Brewster (Wells) and James William Shue. Her father was a congressional candidate, lawyer, and real estate developer, who was president of the International Food and Beverage Corporation. Her mother was a vice president in the private banking division of the Chemical Banking Corporation. Her brother is actor Andrew Shue.

Elisabeth was raised in South Orange, New Jersey. She is married to director and producer Davis Guggenheim, with whom she has three children.

Elisabeth’s father was of mostly German and some English and Swiss-German descent. One of Elisabeth’s maternal great-grandmothers was also of German descent, with the majority of Elisabeth’s mother’s other ancestry being English, including deep roots in Colonial America; along with distant Scottish ancestry. Elisabeth also has remote French Huguenot ancestry.

Elisabeth’s paternal grandfather was James Harvey Shue (the son of John B. Shue and Martha Melissa Whitsel). James was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of Andrew James Shue and Rebecca Flacher Swartz. Martha was the daughter of Peter Whitsel, who was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and of Rebecca Jane Price.

Elisabeth’s paternal grandmother was Maude Leona Eppley (the daughter of William Bower Eppley and Myrtle Floyd Stetler). Maude was born in Pennsylvania. William was the son of William Eppley and Margaret/Maggie Elizabeth Bower. Myrtle was the daughter of John Edward Stetler and Leah Amanda Beshore.

Elisabeth’s maternal grandfather was Adoniram Judson Wells III (the son of Adoniram Judson Wells, Jr. and Anna Minnie Schultz). Elisabeth’s grandfather Adoniram was born in Illinois. Elisabeth’s great-grandfather Adoniram was the son of Adoniram Judson Wells and Sarah Margaret “Maggie” Baucom.

Elisabeth’s maternal grandmother was Mary Brewster/Buckingham Gunn (the daughter of Alexander Hunter Gunn, Jr. and Harriet Grace Brewster Willcox/Wilcox). Mary was born in Illinois. Alexander was the son of Alexander Hunter Gunn and Emily Almira/Althea Dyer. Harriet was the daughter of The Rev. Giles Buckingham Willcox/Wilcox and Mary Jane Cooley.

Through Elisabeth’s maternal grandmother, she is a descendant of William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, and Seth MacFarlane, actors and models Noah Mills and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.

Sources: Genealogies of Elisabeth Shue – http://famouskin.com

Genealogy and obituary of Elisabeth’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Elisabeth’s paternal grandfather, James Harvey Shue – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Elisabeth’s paternal grandmother, Maude Leona Eppley (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Elisabeth’s maternal grandmother, Mary Brewster/Buckingham Gunn – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Elisabeth’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emily Almira/Althea Dyer – http://www.genealogy.com

Marriage record of Elisabeth’s maternal great-grandparents, Giles Buckingham Willcox/Wilcox and Mary Jane Cooley – https://www.familysearch.org

10 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Through her prominent ancestor Edward Galusha Dyer, she also descends from a French Huguenot, Daniela Galusha/Galuccia, who was evidently born in Jersey, Channel Islands (http://www.rootsandrelatives.net/showmedia.php?mediaID=460)

    genealogies of Elizabeth’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Emily Almira Dyer:

  2. andrew says:

    she has remote Native American ancestry. One of her ancestors, Prentice Pokanoket Stanton, was a Wampoanoag Indian.


  3. Girll says:

    Looks similar to Jennifer Jason Leigh

  4. Greyface says:

    this picture is so bad it makes her look like Jennifer jason leigh! its THAT ugly!

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