Shannon Elizabeth is an American former model and actress who got her career break playing the role of Nadia in the American Pie film series. She then became a staple of comedy and horror films. Though Shannon has shifted her focus to other things in recent years, she occasionally appears in the entertainment scene like in February 2018 when she contested in the debut season of the American version of Celebrity Big Brother. She finished in the 9th place.
Shannon Elizabeth’s Bio
Shannon Elizabeth Fadal was born on September 7, 1973, in Houston, Texas, United States but was raised in Waco, Texas. Her father is Syrian/Lebanese while her mother has English, Irish and German roots. Shannon is the only child of her parents and she attended Waco High School where she was part of the school tennis team. Shannon excelled so much in the sport that she considered a professional career in tennis, however, after high school, she got signed with Ford & Elite models and began a modeling career instead. Subsequently, she dabbled in acting.
Like most beginner actresses, Shannon Elizabeth began her career by playing small parts in films and TV shows. Her first gig was a part in Arliss, a sitcom about a sports agent. She then appeared in episodes of Hang Time, USA High, Step by Step, Pacific Blue, and G vs E. She made her film debut in the 1997 horror comedy film, Jack Frost for which she was credited as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal. Shannon appeared in a number of other low-budget films before landing it big with the role of Nadia in American Pie. The film was a major box office success and propelled Shanon to widespread recognition. She would go on to appear in other sequels of the comedy film including American Reunion in 2012.
In between the American Pie films, Shannon quickly became a comedy and horror film staple. 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 contested in the popular dance show, Dancing with the Stars. Paired with Derek Hough and they came 6th.
Shannon’s activity in the entertainment scene gradually waned after she relocated to Cape Town, South Africa where she became more focused on running her non-profit animal rescue organization Animal Avengers. Some of her most recent works include; Marshall the Miracle Dog (2015), and Swing Away (2016) of which she is the executive producer.
Shannon Elizabeth may not be a blockbuster staple, but she has achieved enough success to place her wealth in the millionaire category. American Pie, no doubt remains her most successful gig and perhaps the largest contributor to her wealth. The theatrical films cost a combined budget of $145 million and made a whopping $1 billion at the global box office. Adding her other acting gigs, and the hundreds of dollars she has made from her second hobby which is playing poker, Shannon Elizabeth has a net worth estimated at $10 million.
Shannon Elizabeth is a divorcee. She was previously married to Joseph D. Reitman, an American actor, writer, and filmmaker. The two entertainers got married in the year 2002 but their marriage lasted for barely three years as news of their separation hit the media waves in 2005. Despite their split, Shannon and Joseph have managed to remain friends.
They shared many things in common including their love for animals which inspired them to start Animal Avengers, a nonprofit organization for animal rights. Another common passion that Shannon shared with her ex-husband was poker which is 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 has been more successful in the game than Shannon was. He won $1 million from UltimateBet.com’s Tournament. Joseph seems to have a soft spot for ladies who play poker because a year after splitting from Shannon, he began dating professional poker player, Annie Duke. Their relationship ended in 2012; two years after they got engaged to be married.
Born on May 25, 1968, in Brookline, Massachusetts, Shannon’s ex-husband has a long list of acting credits to his name. Some of his notable films include; Clueless, The Perfect Storm, and Lady in the Water‘. He appeared in the first sequel of the American Pie film series, American Pie 2 (2001). Chances are 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