Elisabeth Shue is the quiet woman of cinema and she is back on the big screen this week with her new movie House At The End Of The Street.

And while she may not be an actress that is in your face she has enjoyed an illustrious career that has see her bag Oscar nominations as well as work on the likes of The Karate Kid and the back To The Future series.

The horror movie sees her team up with Jennifer Lawrence as the pair play mother and daughter - working together for the very first time.

Shue kicked off her career in commercials but she didn't stay there long as movies came knocking.

She made her big screen debut in 1984 when she took on the role of Ali Mills (Ralph Macchio's girlfriend) in The Karate Kid.

And through the late eighties she worked steadily with roles in Cocktail and Back To The Future II and III.

She took on the role of Jennifer Parker in the popular series of sci-fi comedy movies and was introduced in 1989.

Shue very much played the girl next door in most of her roles but she smashed that images in 1995 when she played a prostitute in Leaving Las Vegas.

The movie teamed her up with Nicholas Cage and director Mike Figgis and it was based on the semi-autobiographical novel by John O'Brien.

It was a grittier role than we had ever seen Shue in before and she really did show off her acting talent in what is a powerhouse performance.

She put herself on the map with Leaving Las Vegas as she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globes.

She picked up gongs at the Independent Spirit Awards as well as a string of critics awards.

With Leaving Las Vegas under her belt she was able to branch out and try a whole host of different roles as she starred in the likes of The Trigger Effect and Deconstructing Harry.

MOre recently we have seen her mix her movie roles with TV as she appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm and CSI: Crime Scene Investigate.

But she is back on the big screen with her new movie House At The End Of The Street - which sees Mark Tonderai in the director's chair.

Elissa (Lawrence) and her mother (Shue) move to a new town only to find that they are living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents.

Locals claim that the girl mysteriously vanished after the incident, but as Elissa becomes close to the girls brother (Max Thieriot), she learns that a dark and terrible secret still lurks within those walls and this sinister story of murder is far from over.

And Shue has been a busy lady this year as she has already completed work on Chasing Mavericks with Gerard Butler and she is currently working on Feed The Dog.

House At The End Of The Street is out now

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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