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Elisabeth Shue Holds A Harvard Degree Before Pursuing Her Acting Career

 Actress Elisabeth Shue arrives to the premiere of Mad Chance's 'Behaving Badly' at the ArcLight Hollywood
You may have seen Elisabeth Shue in movies like the 1984 "The Karate Kid" or "Leaving Las Vegas." She also starred in "Hollow Man." But not a lot of people know that this veteran actress is a Harvard graduate.
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You may have seen Elisabeth Shue in movies like the 1984 "The Karate Kid" or "Leaving Las Vegas." She also starred in "Hollow Man." But not a lot of people know that this veteran actress is a Harvard graduate.

If you are following "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" back in 2012 to 2015, you may have seen her as Julie Finlay. But according to KR CR Tv, she completed her higher education in 2000.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Elisabeth Shue attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. She was inducted in the school's Hall of Fame in 1994. After graduating high school, she attended Wellesley College. During her junior year, she worked her way through college by working in television commercials. That was her first exposure.

She was a common commercial actress. You can see her in Burger King ads, DeBeers diamonds commercials and even with Hellmann's mayonnaise ads.

But it was in 1984 that she made her film debut. She starred in "The Karate Kid." Her movie exposure prompted her to make a decision about her degree.

In 1985, she transferred to Harvard University. She was close to finishing her degree. She was not able to finish because she took off a semester before graduating to pursue her acting career. In 1997, she returned to Harvard University.

She took a four year course in Political Science. She was able to complete her degree and graduate in 2000. Afterwards, she started focusing fully on her acting career.

Now, she is known for her multiple "girl next door" type movie roles. But later on, she starred in many movies that earned her nominations (Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG Award) and won Best Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. But it was only after she received her Oscar nomination that her career soared.

True to her word, she pursued her degree. 

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