Are Andrew Shue and Elisabeth Shue related?

Bruno Cooke December 2, 2022
Are Andrew Shue and Elisabeth Shue related?
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Recent events have brought the media spotlight to the personal lives of GMA co-hosts Amy Robach and TJ Holmes. Robach married actor Andrew Shue in 2010 – is he related to fellow actor Elisabeth Shue?

Page Six reported yesterday that Robach and Shue have “almost finalized” their divorce. It cites unnamed sources. 

No such reports have emerged with regard to TJ Holmes and his second wife, Marilee Fiebig.

Andrew Shue played Billy Campbell in the TV series Melrose Place, from 1992 to 1999. He is also an entrepreneur. What do we know about his connection to Elisabeth Shue?

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Yes, they’re brother and sister. 

An MPR News story from June 2007 notes the familial connection joining actors Elisabeth and Andrew Shue, along with brother John and late brother Will.

They are the children of Anne Brewster (née Wells) and James William Shue. Their father died in May 2013, in Belfast, ME. He was a one-time congressional candidate, lawyer and real estate developer.

Their mother, born 1938, is a descendent of Pilgrim leader William Brewster. She and James William Shue, whose family emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in the early 19th century, married in 1959

Who is the elder sibling out of Andrew and Elisabeth Shue?

Born October 6, 1963, Elisabeth Judson Shue is currently 59 years old – the age difference between her and her brother Andrew is about three and a half years. He came along in February 1967.

In the 1990s, Andrew, whose middle name is Eppley, played soccer for the Bulawayo Highlanders, in Zimbabwe. He had gone there after graduating from Dartmouth University in 1989 with a BA in history. Besides playing soccer, he taught high school math at Founders High School, in Bulawayo.

His older sister, meanwhile, went to Wellesley College. She then transferred to Harvard University in 1985, but left in order to pursue a career in acting. In 2000, however, she returned to complete her BA in political science. 

While her brother Andrew was playing soccer in Zimbabwe, Elisabeth was performing her Broadway debut, and acting in comedies alongside the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin. She later starred in Amazon Prime series The Boys.

Other members of the Shue family tree

Andrew and Elisabeth Shue’s father and mother married in 1959.

Anne Brewster Wells and her late husband James William Shue had four children together: William (who died in 1988), Elisabeth (born 1963), Andrew (1967), and John. 

James William Shue’s parents moved from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Maine. Before he died in 2013, he remarried (Hollyanne Kloss in 1987), with whom he raised their two, and his two youngest, children, Jenna and Harvey, in Jackson, Maine.

When he died, he had 11 grandchildren: Nathaniel, Miles, Aidan, Madeline, Stella, Jeb, Hope, Ava, Wyatt, Agnes and Annalise.

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What happened to Will Shue?

In 1988, the Shue family suffered a tragic loss, MPR News wrote in 2007, on the day of the release of Gracie, which Elisabeth, Andrew and John co-produced along with Elisabeth’s husband Davis Guggenheim.

“They’d always looked up to him, and they wanted to honor him by making a movie,” the outlet wrote.

Guggenheim also directed An Inconvenient Truth for Al Gore. Gracie came out on June 1, 2007. It takes as its basis the childhood experiences of Elisabeth Shue, who plays the titular character’s mother, Lindsay Bowen.

“In the story itself, [Will would] probably feel like he got the raw end of the stick,” Elisabeth told MPR. “Because in real life he scored the winning goal in the state championship, and in the movie he’s missing the penalty kick which is something that actually I did.”

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.