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Updated on March 16, 2012

Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon Elizabeth (born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal on September 7, 1973 in Houston, Texas) is an American actress, poker player, and former fashion model. Elizabeth came to prominence in the 1999 comedy film American Pie.

The only child of Gerald Edward Fadal and Patricia Dianne Abbott; her father is of Syrian descent and her mother has French, English 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.

Shannon Elizabeth Pic
Shannon Elizabeth Pic

Early Life And Career

"To me, playing a character who was that in control of her sexuality, who was that comfortable with herself, was the challenge -- to pull that off and not sit there looking scared to death, like I felt inside that I was." -Shannon Elizabeth, on her role in American Pie .

Claiming to not be part of the popular group in what she described as a cliquey high school, Shannon was involved in many after-school activities. Part of the student council executive, Shannon was active in volleyball and cheerleading (which probably came easy to her thanks to her tap and ballet lessons as a child). Her biggest interest during high school, however, was tennis, which she considered doing professionally.

shannon elizabeth becomes a model

Shannon's life took an unexpected twist in her senior year when she starred in a video that a local band was shooting. The producer thought that Shannon had what it takes to become a model, and convinced her and her parents to go to New York to get some photos done.

Once Shannon graduated from high school in 1991, she moved to New York, where a modeling agency was waiting for her to graduate and begin her modeling career. While doing some modeling work in New York (where she lived in the NYU dorms), Shannon also worked in countries such as France, Japan, Hong Kong, and Italy.

Although working abroad was an excellent experience, Shannon admits to having been homesick. When she returned to the U.S., she spent a few months in South Beach, Miami before moving to Los Angeles. Ready to pursue an acting career, she hesitated about going to L.A. immediately, recognizing the amount of competition among young budding actresses. When she finally did go to L.A., Shannon signed with the Ford Modeling Agency, figuring that getting some of her pictures done would help her get into acting. She later signed with Elite Model Management.

It didn't take long for Shannon to get her first commercial -- for Taco Bell -- and she decided to stay in L.A. and join an acting class. Soon after, the roles came in: she appeared in the television series Pacific Blue, Step by Step and USA High .

Cast of American Pie 2,  Rolling Stone no. 876,  August 2001, by Jim Wright
Cast of American Pie 2, Rolling Stone no. 876, August 2001, by Jim Wright | Source

Shannon Elizabeth in American Pie

In 1997, Shannon had a role in the film Jack Frost (where she appeared nude), and two made-for-TV movies, Blade Squad (1998) and Dying to Live (1999), soon followed. But it was her role in 1999's summer hit American Pie, as Nadia, a Czech foreign exchange student who bares it all, that launched Shannon's fame and career.

Shannon Elizabeth in Scary Movie

In 2000, Shannon appeared in the teen horror spoof Scary Movie, as well as in Evicted and Dish Dogs. The following year, she reprised her role as sexy Nadia in American Pie 2, and also appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Tomcats and Thir13en Ghosts. Since then, she has had a slew of smaller roles, like in Love Actually (2003) and Cursed (2004). In 2005, she will be appearing in The Kid & I and starring in the made-for-TV movie, Confessions of an American Bride.

Poker is Shannon's 'Second Career'
Poker is Shannon's 'Second Career'

Shannon Facts


The kid and I Shelby Roman

Confessions of an American Bride (TV) Sam

"Cuts" TV Series Tiffany Sherwood

Cursed Becky

Jognson Family Vacation Chrishella Rene Boudnraeu

James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Game) Serena

Love Actually Harriet, the sexy one

The Crooked E (2003) (TV) Courtney Cruver

Survivin the Island Office Worker

Thir13en Ghosts (2001) Katherine 'Kathy' Kriticos

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Justice, Jewel Thief #2

American Pie 2 (2001) Nadia

Tomcats (2001) Natalie Parker

Scary Movie (2000) Buffy Gilmore

Seamless: Kidz Rule (1999) Nicole

American Pie (1999) Nadia

Dying to Live (1999) (TV) Vanessa

Dish Dogs (1998) Anne

Evicted (1998) Princess

Jack Frost (1997) Jill Metzner

Blast (1996) Hostage

TV Appearances

"Off Centre" (2001) 04/14/02

"Just Shoot Me" "Karen" 02/07/02

"Celebrity Adventures" (2001) "Herself" 10/22/01

"Big Breakfast, The" (1992) "Herself" 09/05/01

"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (1999) "Herself" 08/21/01

"TFI Friday" (1996) "Herself" 03/17/00

"G vs E" (1999) "Cherry Valence" 07/25/99

"Howard Stern Show, The" (1994) "Herself" 06/28/99

"Pacific Blue" (1996) "Jo" 10/04/98

"Step by Step" "Cindi" 10/24/97

"USA High" (1997) "Melanie" 08/14/97

"Arli$$" (1996) "Anya Slovachek" 09/18/96

Shannon talks about her poker

Shannon considered becoming a pro tennis player
Shannon considered becoming a pro tennis player

Shannon Sexy with a banana

Sexy Shannon Elizabeth
Sexy Shannon Elizabeth


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