Shannon Elizabeth Fadal (born September 7, 1973) known professionally as Shannon Elizabeth, is an American actress and former fashion model. 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 Jack Frost, 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. She also had a cameo in the film Love Actually and in Catch a Christmas Star in which she sings for the first time on camera.
Born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal, Elizabeth’s father is an Arab Christian of Syrian and Lebanese origin and her mother is of German, English and Irish ancestry. She was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Bellmead, 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 for Ford & Elite models before she began a career in film.
Elizabeth appeared in several films and television shows before being cast in 1999’s American Pie in the role of Nadia. It was a major box office success. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several Hollywood films, including Jack Frost, Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Tomcats. 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 recurred in That ’70s Show for a number of episodes.
In 2000 and 2003, she was featured in Maxim. 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. 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 You” music video as Brown’s girlfriend in 2011.
n 2006, Elizabeth described poker as her second career and was called “one of the leading celebrity poker players.” At that time, she visited the Las Vegas Valley up to three times each month to participate in poker games with top players. Elizabeth does not appear to have been as active a poker player since scoring 12 tournament cashes from 2006 through 2010 – she has only one tournament cash (in 2013) thereafter.
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. She 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 NBCNational Heads-Up Poker Championship in a field consisting of the top poker professionals before losing to eventual champion Paul Wasicka.
After the September 11 attacks, Elizabeth recorded a public service announcement in which she said, “I’m half Arabic [sic], but I am 100 percent American. What is going on affects me the same as everyone else.”
Elizabeth was married to actor Joseph D. Reitman from 2002–2005. After being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars in April 2008, Elizabeth began dating Derek Hough, her dancing partner on the show. Their relationship reportedly lasted until August 2009. She is an environmentalist and vegan. Elizabeth has been dating fellow vegan and environmentalist Russell Simmons since early 2014. Elizabeth is the cousin of the TV host and relationship coach Tamsen Fadal.
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 fundraising 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. In 2016, she began participating in numerous other Bodog-sponsored charity events as well. The organization, based in Brazil, lead 3D printing of prosthetic body parts for animals, including a beak for goose Victoria.
Elizabeth has served as the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey program, urging people to adopt a turkey instead of eating one for Thanksgiving.
|1997||Jack Frost||Jill Metzner (Rape Victim)||Credited as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal|
|1998||Blade Squad||Nurse||TV film|
|1999||Seamless: Kidz Rule||Nicole|
|1999||Dying to Live||Vanessa Canningham||TV film|
|2000||Scary Movie||Buffy Gilmore|
|2000||Dish Dogs||Anne||Shot and completed in 1998, Direct-to-DVD release|
|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||The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron||Courtney||TV film|
|2003||Love Actually||Harriet, the sexy one|
|2004||Johnson Family Vacation||Chrishelle Rene Boudreau|
|2005||Confessions of an American Bride||Sam||TV film|
|2005||The Kid & I||Shelby Roman|
|2008||You Belong to Me||Alex Wilson||TV film|
|2009||Night of the Demons||Angela Feld|
|2011||A Novel Romance||Adi Schwartz|
|2012||A Green Story||Kelly|
|2012||Golden Winter||Jessica Richmond|
|2013||In the Dark||Linda||TV film|
|2013||Catch a Christmas Star||Nikki Crandon||TV film|
|2015||Marshall the Miracle Dog||Cynthia Willenbrock||Post-production|
|2016||Swing Away||Zoe Papadopoulos||Executive Producer|
|1996||Arliss||Anya Slovachek||Episode: “Crossing the Line”|
|1996||Hang Time||Nicole Barrett||Episode: “Green-Eyed Julie”|
|1997||USA High||Melanie||Episode: “Internet Love Story”|
|1997||Step by Step||Cindi||Episode: “Can’t Buy Me Love”|
|1998||Pacific Blue||Jo||Episode: “Damaged Goods”|
|1999||G vs E||Cherry Valence||Episode: “Men Are from Mars, Women Are Evil”|
|2002||Just Shoot Me!||Karen||Episode: “About a Boy”|
|2002||Off Centre||Dawn||Episode: “Addicted to Love”|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Sondra Lomax||Episode: “Dream Lover”|
|2003–2005||That ’70s Show||Brooke||9 episodes|
|2004||One on One||Tiffany Sherwood||Episode: “Splitting Hairs”|
|2004||Punk’d||Herself||Episode: “Carmelo Anthony, Shannon Elizabeth and Jena Malone”|
|2005–2006||Cuts||Tiffany Sherwood||31 episodes|
|2005||MADtv||Herself||Episode: “OK Go”|
|2005||King of the Hill||Candee (Voice)||Episode: “Harlottown”|
|2008||Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Season 6 contestant; finished 6th|
|2009||Live Nude Comedy||Host||6 episodes|
|2013||What Not to Wear||Herself||Episode: “Shannon Elizabeth”|
|2013||Melissa & Joey||Anita||Episode: “The Unfriending”|