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Shannon Elizabeth (born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal on
September 7, 1973) is an American actress and former fashion model. Elizabeth
came to prominence in the 1999 comedy film American Pie.
Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas as the only
child of Gerald Edward Fadal and Patricia Dianne Abbott; her father is of
Lebanese 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.
Elizabeth appeared in several low-budget films,
including the notorious Jack Frost, before being cast in 1999's American Pie,
which was a major box office success. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several
major Hollywood films, including Scary Movie (2000) and Tomcats. Elizabeth now
stars in the UPN series Cuts.
In August 1999, she appeared nude in Playboy
magazine. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim magazine.
She also provided the likeness and voice for Serena
St. Germaine in the 2004 video game, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.
Elizabeth was in a relationship with Joseph D.
Reitman for ten years, including three years of marriage. The couple separated
in March 2005, and Elizabeth filed for divorce in late June 2005. Some media
outlets speculated that the cause of their breakup was Reitman assisting in a
practical joke on Elizabeth for Ashton Kutcher's MTV television series Punk'd, a
year before their divorce, which involved leading Elizabeth to think that she
was caught on a sex tape. She is currently said to be dating Michael Hyde, a
fireman in the Air Force. There are also rumors that she has been involved with
poker player Joe Sebok, the son of poker legend Barry Greenstein.
Elizabeth, who describes poker as her "second
career" is considered by the media to be "one of the leading celebrity poker
players." She visits Las Vegas up to three times each month in order to
participate in poker games with the top players of the United States. Elizabeth
was involved in the main event of the 2005 World Series of Poker 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
Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue
organization founded by Elizabeth, 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 fund raising 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.
Over the past year Shannon Elizabeth has participated in numerous other
Bodog-sponsored charity events as well.
Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
Love Actually (2003)
American Pie 2 (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Scary Movie (2000)
American Pie (1999)
Jack Frost (1997)
That 70's Show (2003)
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