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Overview (3)

Born in Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameShannon Elizabeth Fadal
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a Syrian/Lebanese father. When Shannon was in 3rd grade, her family moved to Waco, Texas, to be close to relatives. 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. 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 local music artists were called "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 acting, which it did. About a year after moving to Los Angeles, she started taking acting classes with several different coaches. She got an agent, started working, and in 1999, she landed the iconic role of "Nadia" in the movie American Pie.

Shannon enjoys wearing even more hats these days. Since cutting her directing chops on music videos, she is now directing documentaries and film projects via her production company, Ganesha Productions. She also co-hosts the podcast The Art of Conservation.

Shannon also splits her time between the US and South Africa, running programs within her nonprofit, the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation. The mission is to improve this planet for the animals, environment, and indigenous people.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Shannon

Family (3)

Spouse Joseph D. Reitman (15 June 2002 - January 2007)  (divorced)
Parents Patricia Diane Fadal
Gerard Edward Fadal
Relatives Tamsen Fadal (cousin)

Trivia (12)

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.
In September 2002 she was Voted the 8th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine.
Mentioned in Bowling for Soup's extended version of "Ohio (Come Back To Texas)".
Posed for Playboy magazine in 1997 and 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).
Her cousin Tamsen Fadal is a TV news reporter for the flagship CW station in New York City, WPIX, New York.
Finished in third 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 Angélil 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 (16)

Most people don't realize turkeys are friendly, they're social, they're loyal, they have emotions.
I'm pretty instinctive. I'm a quick learner.
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 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 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'm a big country fan.
When I was modeling, I worked out every day or other day.
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.
[What was the chemistry between you and Eliza Dushku, Jennifer Smith, & Ali Larter?] At the time they all smoked, they all liked to go out and drink or at least some of them did: I think maybe all of them. But they were all into having fun, basically. And I don't drink, and I don't smoke.

Salary (1)

American Reunion (2012) $600,000

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