Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw was born in july 19, 1976 at Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an American film Actress and model too. She has done a marvelous job in motion picture by performing a role acting in 1990s she had also a memorable roles in Disney’s 1993. She is the daughter of Larry Shaw and actress Susan Damante-Shaw. Her nickname was “Schwartz”. Her ancestry includes Jewish, Italian, Swedish, and Irish. At age 10 she did her first formal performance in UCLA acting camp and she also did a toured with folk singer Peter Alsop at age 11. Before beginning her acting career at age 13 in 1989 she was also signed on with Elite Models agency.
Shaw started an acting career by debuting in a little known of 1981 slasher film Home Sweet Home which dealt with a serial killer at Thanksgiving time. In Disney’s 1993 family film Hocus Pocus she played a large role alongside Bette Milder, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and a young Thora Birch. In 1990s he completed various roles in independent films for the remainder. In final film Eyes Wide Shut she did a small yet significant role by the legendary Stanley Kubrick playing an Hiv positive who is encountered by Tom Cruise’s Character. She said that she is very influential by director Kubrick. She also performed a roles in the independent 2000 mystery drama The Weight of water with sarah Polley and sean penn. After doing a low budget film and independent film until 2006 she returned to the big screen in Alexander Aja’s remake of Wes Craven’s exploitation- horror film The Kills Have Eyes where she played a young mother role on a camping trip with her family who is attacked by bloodthirsty mutants in the New Mexico desert. After seeing she in Eyes Wide shut director Aja wanted to cast her in the film. She also got a chance to be a leading role in Two Lovers alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2008 that film Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and it was released in February 2009 in theater.
To pursue acting she dropped out from Barnard College in New York. She was approached by Stanley Kubrick for role in Eyes Wide Shut when she was attending her college. During her first attending college in 1996 she embraced the Nichrien Buddhist. Shaw chants daimoku daily. Her net worth is $9 million USD. She is also a SGI-USA facilitator lay Buddhist Association for peace, culture and Education. In interview with the Los Angeles Times in February 2009 she mentioned her practicing of religion. Since 2008 she and Kristopher Gifford have been engaged. He is also a film artist. She has got many awards.