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Shannon Elizabeth Fadal (born September 7, 1973),[1]

better known as Shannon Elizabeth, is an American actress and former fashion model.

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Elizabeth is well known for her roles in comedy films such as American Pie, Scary Movie and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. She is also known for her work in horror films such as Thirteen Ghosts, Cursed, and Night of the Demons. She became widely known as a sex symbol for her role in the 1999 comedy film American Pie.


Early Life

Born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal, Elizabeth's father is of Lebanese descent[2] and her mother is of English, Irish, German, and Cherokee ancestry.[3] She was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Waco, Texas.[4] She grew up in a low income background.[4] In high school, she was very much interested in tennis and at one point even considered a professional tennis career. She worked as a model before she began a career in film.[5]

CareerEdit

Acting and modelingEdit

[1][2]Elizabeth in July 2005.

Elizabeth appeared in several films, including the horror film Jack Frost and Dish Dogs, before being cast in 1999's American Pie. Pie was a major box office success, and achieved cult status for her nude bedroom scene in the movie. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several Hollywood films, including Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, andTomcats. Elizabeth starred in the UPN series Cuts until the show was canceled in May 2006. Cuts and its parent show, One on One, were two of the many shows not to be picked up by The CW. Elizabeth appeared in That '70s Show for a number of episodes.

In August 1999, she posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy. In 2000 and 2003, she was featured in Maxim.[6] In June 2008 she was Maxim's cover girl. She provided the likeness and voice for Serena St. Germaine in the 2004 video game, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.[7] Elizabeth was one of the celebrities on an episode of NBC's Thank God You're Here along with Tom Green, Chelsea Handler, and George Takei. Elizabeth was among the cast of the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Derek Hough. Elizabeth was the seventh star eliminated from the competition. Elizabeth was the host of the comedy/burlesque series "Live Nude Comedy" in 2009. Shannon also featured in Chris Brown's Next To Youmusic video, as Brown's girlfriend.



PokerEdit

[3][4]At the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.Elizabeth describes poker as her "second career" and has been called "one of the leading celebrity poker players."[8] She visits Las Vegasup to three times each month to participate in poker games with the top players of the United States. Elizabeth played in the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker under the guidance of Daniel Negreanu, and won a special tournament celebrating the opening of a new poker room at Caesars Palace hotel in January 2006, beating out 83 celebrities and poker professionals to win $55,000.[9]

She has also cashed four times in the World Series of Poker in 2006 and 2007,[10] but again busted out of the Main Event early. In 2007, she advanced to the semi-finals of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in a field consisting of the top poker professionals before losing to eventual champion Paul Wasicka. Among the four opponents she defeated were three World Series of Poker multiple bracelet winners: Jeff Madsen, Barry Greenstein, and Humberto Brenes. In May 2010, due to her half Lebanese ancestry, Elizabeth chose to play for Team Lebanon at the World Team[11] event in Las Vegas.[12][13]



Personal lifeEdit

[5][6]Elizabeth in July 2010.

Elizabeth was in a relationship with actor Joseph D. Reitman for 10 years, including three years of marriage.[14] The couple separated in March 2005,[14] and Elizabeth filed for divorce in late June 2005.[15] After the September 11 attacks, Elizabeth recorded a public service announcement in which she said, "I'm half Arabic, but I am 100 percent American. What is going on affects me the same as everyone else."[16]

After being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars in April 2008, Elizabeth began dating Derek Hough, her dancing partner on the show. Their relationship ended in August 2009.[17] She is the cousin of television personality and relationship coach Tamsen Fadal.[18]

[edit]Charity workEdit

Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by Elizabeth and her then-husband Reitman,[5] is dedicated to rescuing and finding a home for homeless pets, reducing pet overpopulation, promoting responsible pet guardianship and preventing animal cruelty. Among the many fundraising events, Team Bodograised over $50,000 for Animal Avengers in a celebrity poker night on October 8, 2005. The event was hosted by noted tournament director Matt Savage. Over the past year Shannon Elizabeth has participated in numerous other Bodog-sponsored charity events as well.[citation needed]



FilmographyEdit

[7][8]Elizabeth in March 2009===[edit]Film===

Film
Year Title Role Notes 1997 Jack Frost Jill Metzner Credited as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal
1997 Blast Hostage
1999 Seamless: Kidz Rule Nicole
1999 American Pie Nadia
2000 Scary Movie Buffy Gilmore
2000 Evicted Princess
2000 Dish Dogs Anne Direct-to-DVD release
2001 Tomcats Natalie Parker
2001 American Pie 2 Nadia
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Justice
2001 Thir13en Ghosts Kathy Kriticos
2002 Survivin' the Island Office worker . Uncredited
2003 Love Actually Harriet, the sexy one
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Chrishelle Rene Boudreau
2005 Cursed Becky Morton Cameo
2005 The Kid & I Shelby Roman
2007 The Grand Toni
2008 Deal Michelle
2009 Night of the Demons Angela Feld
2010 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Amy Loveheart (Voice)
2011 A Novel Romance Adi Schwartz
2012 American Reunion Nadia

[edit]TelevisionEdit

Television
Year(s) Title Role Notes 1996 Arliss Anya Slovachek 1 episode
1996 Hang Time Nicole 1 episode
1997 USA High Melanie 1 episode
1997 Step by Step Cindi 1 episode
1998 Pacific Blue Jo 1 episode
1997 Blade Squad Nurse Television movie
1999 Dying to Live Vanessa Canningham Television movie
1999 G vs E Cherry Valence 1 episode
2002 Just Shoot Me! Karen 1 episode
2002 Off Centre Dawn 1 episode
2002 The Twilight Zone Sondra Lomax 1 episode
2003 The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron Courtney Television movie
2003–2005 That '70s Show Brooke 9 episodes
2004 One on One Tiffany 1 episode
2005 Confessions of an American Bride Sam Television movie
2005 King of the Hill Candee (Voice) 1 episode
2005–2006 Cuts Tiffany Sherwood 31 episodes
2008 You Belong to Me Alex Wilson Television movie
2009 Live Nude Comedy Host 6 episodes



External linksEdit

Shannon Elizabeth at the Internet Movie Database

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