Shannon Elizabeth Biography
Shannon Elizabeth (born September 7, 1973) is an American actress, poker player, and former fashion model. Elizabeth came to prominence in the 1999 comedy film American Pie.
Elizabeth was born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal in Houston, Texas, the only child of Patricia Dianne (née Abbott) and Gerald Edward Fadal. Her father is of Syrian and Lebanese descent and her mother has English, Irish, German, and Cherokee ancestry. She was raised in Waco, Texas. 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.
Elizabeth appeared in several films, including the horror film Jack Frost and Dish Dogs, before being cast in 1999's American Pie, which was a major box office success and garnered her fame for the famous 'webcam scene' in which she appeared topless. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several major Hollywood films, including Scary Movie (2000) and Tomcats. Elizabeth starred in the UPN series Cuts until the show was canceled in May of 2006. Cuts and its parent show, One on One, were two of the many shows not to be picked up by The CW.
In August 1999, she posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine. In 2000 and 2003, she was featured in Maxim magazine.
She also provided the likeness and voice for Serena St. Germaine in the 2004 video game, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing
Shannon Elizabeth (July 2005)She is among the 12 celebrities joining the March 2008 cast of Dancing with the Stars. She is partnered with Derek Hough
Elizabeth was in a relationship with actor Joseph D. Reitman for ten years, including three years of marriage. The couple separated in March 2005, and Elizabeth filed for divorce in late June 2005. Some media outlets speculated that the cause of their breakup was Reitman assisting in a practical joke on Elizabeth for Ashton Kutcher's MTV television series Punk'd, a year before their divorce, which involved leading Elizabeth to think that she was caught on a sex tape
Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by Elizabeth and her then husband Reitman, 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 fund raising events, Team Bodog raised 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. After the attacks of September 11, Shannon recorded a public service announcement in which she said, "I'm half Arabic, but I am one hundred per cent American. What is going on affects me the same as everyone else."
Elizabeth was spotted kissing her Dancing with the Stars partner, Derek Hough, at a beach in Malibu. Shannon Elizabeth and her dancing partner have denied the rumors on the show saying, "we were trying to feel the moment for the dance."
Elizabeth, who describes poker as her "second career" has been called "one of the leading celebrity poker players." She visits Las Vegas up 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 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. She has also cashed four times in the World Series of Poker in 2006 and 2007, 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.
The online poker room Full Tilt Poker once had a sponsorship agreement with Elizabeth
Jack Frost (1997)
American Pie (1999)
Scary Movie (2000)
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
American Pie 2 (2001)
Love Actually (2003)
Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
Confessions of an American Bride (2005)
The Kid & I (2005)
The Grand (2008)
That '70s Show (2003–2004)
Thank God You're Here (2007)
One on One Dancing with the Stars (2008)
Erin & Allison's Life (2008)
The Twilight Zone (2001)