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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 September 1973Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameShannon Elizabeth Fadal
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a Syrian/Lebanese father and a mother who is English, Irish and German. When Shannon was in 3rd grade, her family moved to Waco, Texas, where most of her relatives already lived. As a girl, Shannon took dance lessons, including tap, ballet, and jazz. While attending high school, however, she was very interested in tennis. She even considered going pro, and making tennis her life. Also during high school, she was active in cheerleading, dance team, and the student council. As a senior, Shannon was in a music video shot in Waco. The music artists were local ones named "Hi-5", and the director of that video just happened to be Antoine Fuqua. After graduating, Shannon moved to New York City to model. She then traveled all over the world with her newfound career to places that included Japan, Italy, France, and Australia. After moving to Los Angeles years later, she signed on with Ford Models and, eventually, Elite. Shannon had always wanted to start her acting career and had just modeled in hopes that it could help lead her into the acting. About a year after moving to Los Aangeles, she started taking acting classes with several different coaches. She got an agent eventually, and in 1999, she landed the iconic role of "Nadia" in the movie American Pie (1999).

Shannon has succeeded in the acting business, and she is now adding directing and producing to her resume. She just finished (2010) directing and producing the music video, "More Than Friends", by the rapper Tha Vill and British sensation Kele Le Roc. Shannon has also started her production company recently, called "Ganesh Productions", and it already has three films on her production slate. Her focus is on the film Fated (2015), which she will also direct and she hopes to get it into production in early 2011.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Shannon

Spouse (1)

Joseph D. Reitman (15 June 2002 - 2007) (divorced)

Trivia (17)

Starred as singer Enrique Iglesias's love interest in the video for his third American single, "Be With You".
Grew up in Waco, Texas.
Is part Syrian.
Is a dedicated animal lover, starting her own animal rescue organization in 2001 called Animal Avengers. She has recently shut down Animal Avengers to start a new non-profit for animals with a focus on helping in a much bigger, national capacity.
She was trained in Krav Maga to help her prepare for her role as a cop in Tomcats (2001). She also did a ride-along with the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Voted the 8th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine [September 2002].
Mentioned in Bowling for Soup's extended version of "Ohio (Come Back To Texas)".
A big fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Posed for Playboy magazine in 1997 & 1998 and says it's one of her "...biggest regrets!".
In 2001, appeared in two movies that featured the song, "Want You Bad", by The Offspring: American Pie 2 (2001) and Tomcats (2001).
Is a vegetarian.
An only child
Her cousin, Tamsen Fadal, is a TV news reporter for CBS station in New York City.
Finished in 3rd place in NBC's National Heads-Up Poker Championship (2007) in March 2007. She upset poker pros Jeff Madsen and Barry Greenstein after beating fellow celebrity player René Angelil in the first round. She lost in the semi-finals to eventual winner Paul Wasicka. Her finish earned her $125,000.
Her favorite actor is Gary Oldman and her favorite actress is Michelle Pfeiffer.
Ranked #29 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Cousin of Tamsen Fadal. The two own, together, a jewelry line called "Shansen Jewelry".

Personal Quotes (25)

Most people don't realize turkeys are friendly, they're social, they're loyal, they have emotions.
I wouldn't call him a slave. I don't whip him when he does something wrong. Just when he does something good.
I'm pretty instinctive. I'm a quick learner.
I'm not doing any more nudity.
I'm vegetarian so eating right definitely gives me the energy you need.
Things change in different countries as people grow, and as generations change.
Animals have always been a passion of mine, being able to help them because they can't help themselves, and I think that people have treated them so badly over the years and it's just not fair. It's something I feel like I can help make a difference.
We don't live in a world that's black and white.
I'm super, super casual. I like boxer shorts or jeans or tank tops, tennis shoes and flip flops. That's about it for me.
Animals mean everything to me. We have to be their voice and protectors.
I got to meet Mark Hamill. He signed some Star Wars posters for us. I saw the fight scenes he had. He was really into making fun of himself and Star Wars.
I am very driven. I work really hard, whether it's acting or my charity or even poker. When I focus on something I give it my all.
I don't know that I've ever been completely comfortable with anything.
I don't think I really do go shopping. Somehow clothes just kind of end up in my closet. I do not like shopping; I'm not into it.
I think compassion is an important quality in people in general.
I want to do a little bit of everything. I want to play a good, strong female character.
I want to get away from the high school thing and do other types of roles.
I watch every reality show out there.
I'm a big country fan.
I'm a TV junkie.
When I was modeling, I worked out every day or other day.
I hope to be known as a chameleon actress, as someone who can play any part out there, and someone who can transform herself into any kind of character there is.
Yoga is the perfect way to de-stress and work out at the same time.
If you take an hour out of your day to meditate, you will progress ten-fold. By staying mentally focused, you can let your worries go.
I wasn't sure how my dad would react. There was an agent sitting behind them and he told me he was embarrassed to watch the scenes. My parents have always been very open. They trust my decisions.

Salary (1)

American Reunion (2012) $600,000

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