Kids of the 80s had a ton of dream hotties to melt our young hearts. Yet few were so adept at turning up the heat on an adolescent ticker as Elisabeth Shue. She was always the one with the girl next door look about her, which made Elisabeth the go to person for girlfriend roles back in the day. And thus that's what she was for most of her early career in movies like THE KARATE KID and COCKTAIL and BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II and III. Yet as the title of this article betrays, my favorite of her films from this time is ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING. Of course by the time that movie came out I was past needing a babysitter, but when I think about the best person to ever take on that role, either in the movies or in reality, it's Elisabeth's portrayal of a harried high school girl in the big city that comes to mind. No one has ever made running from murderous mobsters through the streets of Chicago look like so much fun.
Once the 90s hit, we sort of lost track of Elisabeth for a bit. Then around '95 she showed up and gave us everything our young hearts ever wanted - nude scenes. That was the good news. The bad news was that said scenes played out in one of the most depressing movies ever made, LEAVING LAS VEGAS. While a great movie and certainly one of Elisabeth's best performances ever, it's still not anything one should sit through more than once, lest you risk becoming persuaded by its soul-crushing testament to the futility of life and love. Still, lapping up booze dripping from Elisabeth's tits is not the worst way to kill yourself. That's the way I want to go out.
I don't know if it's fair to say that LEAVING LAS VEGAS is still the height of Elisabeth's career. She has yet to do anything that could match that role for quality of performance or acclaim received. She's still doing her thing though and still looking fantastic in her most recent role as Detective Finlay on CSI. Believe it or not, Elisabeth turns the big 5-0 this weekend, which is a concept I know I'm completely unprepared to deal with. Time is such a pain in the ass, but at least Elisabeth can take comfort in the fact that come 2015, she's going to look way, way better than future Jennifer Parker in BTTF. Small comfort maybe, but I would think one's ability to stay ahead of the make up artist's interpretation of your old ass has got to be a mark of success for those who work in her field. And if that's true, Elisabeth a true superstar.
Now enjoy a little Elisabeth recap in our gallery below. Enjoy!
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