Shannon Elizabeth is a former American model and actress who took her career break with the role of Nadia in the film series American Pie. After that, she became a regular in comedy and horror films. Although Shannon has shifted her focus to other things in recent years, she occasionally appears on the entertainment scene, as in February 2018 when she made her debut in the American version of Celebrity Big Brother. She took 9th place.
Shannon Elizabeth’s Bio
Shannon Elizabeth Fadal was born on September 7, 1973, in Houston, Texas, USA, but grew up in Waco, Texas. Her father is Syrian/Lebanese, while her mother has English, Irish and German roots. Shannon is her parent’s only child and she attended Waco High School where she was part of the school tennis team. Shannon excelled in this sport so much that she considered a professional tennis career. After high school, however, she signed with Ford & Elite Models and started a modeling career instead. After that, she tried her hand at acting.
Like most novice actresses, Shannon Elizabeth began her career with small roles in movies and television shows. Her first appearance was a role in Arliss, a sitcom about a sports agent. She then starred in episodes of Hang Time, USA High, Step by Step, Pacific Blue and G vs E. She made her film debut in 1997 in the horror-comedy Jack Frost, for which she became known as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal. Shannon appeared in a number of other low-budget films before she made it big with the role of Nadia in American Pie. The film was a huge box office success and brought Shanon wide recognition. She was to appear in other sequels of the comedy film, including American Reunion in 2012.
Between the “American Pie” films, Shannon quickly became the staple of comedy and horror films. She appeared in Scary Movie (2000), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and Tomcats (2001). On the small screen, she had recurring roles in That ’70s Show and Cuts. In 2009 Shannon appeared in the popular dance show Dancing with the Stars. She danced together with Derek Hough and finished 6th in the category of “Dancing with the Stars”.
Shannon’s activity in the entertainment scene gradually decreased after moving to Cape Town, South Africa, where she focused more on managing her non-profit animal rescue organization, Animal Avengers. Her most recent works include Marshall the Wonder Dog (2015) and Swing Away (2016), of which she is an executive producer.
Shannon Elizabeth may not be a box-office hit, but she has achieved enough success to place her fortune in the millionaire category. American Pie, remains, without doubt, her most successful performance and perhaps the largest contributor to her wealth. The movies together have cost a combined budget of $145 million and have made a whopping $1 billion at box offices worldwide. If you add her other acting engagements and the hundreds of dollars she earned with her second hobby, poker, Shannon Elizabeth’s net worth is estimated at $10 million.
Shannon Elizabeth is divorced. She was previously married to Joseph D. Reitman, an American actor, writer, and filmmaker. The two entertainers married in 2002, but their marriage lasted barely three years when news of their separation reached the media in 2005. Despite their separation, Shannon and Joseph have managed to remain friends.
They shared many similarities, including their love of animals, which inspired them to create Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rights organization. Another common passion Shannon shared with her ex-husband was poker – one of the many ways they could have met.
Like Shannon, Joseph has won many poker tournaments, including the famous World Series of Poker. Joseph was more successful in this game than Shannon. He won $1 million from the UltimateBet.com tournament. Joseph seems to have a soft spot for female poker players, because a year after his breakup with Shannon, he started dating professional poker player Annie Duke. Their relationship ended in 2012, two years after they got engaged to be married.
Shannon’s ex-husband, born May 25, 1968, in Brookline, Massachusetts, has a long list of actors to his credit. Some of his remarkable films are Clueless, The Perfect Storm, and Lady in the Water. He played in the first sequel of the American Pie series, American Pie 2 (2001). Chances are good that the two met on set.
Height: 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)
Weight: 57 kg (125 lbs)
Breasts-Waist-Hips: 37-25-35 inches (94-64-89 cm)
Dress Size: 2
Body Type: Hourglass
Shoe Size: 8.5