Shannon Elizabeth

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Shannon Elizabeth is an American actress and former fashion model. Shannon Elizabeth was born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal; September 7, 1973. Shannon Elizabeth came to prominence in the 1999 comedy film American Pie.

Shannon Elizabeth , of Syrian, Irish, English, German and Cherokee heritage, was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Waco, Texas. In high school, Shannon Elizabeth was very much interested in tennis and at one point even considered a professional tennis career. Shannon Elizabeth worked as a model before she began a career in film.

Shannon Elizabeth appeared in several films, including the horror film Jack Frost and Dish Dogs, before being cast in 1999's American Pie, which was a major box office success and garnered her fame for the famous 'webcam scene' in which she appeared topless. Shannon Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several major Hollywood films, including Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Tomcats. Shannon 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.

In August 1999, Shannon Elizabeth posed for a nude pictorial in Playboy. 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.

Shannon 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. The elimination came one week after she and Hough criticized the judges for marking them down for a lack of hip action while couples with "heel leads", "feet coming off the floor", and "horrific, demented lines" received higher scores.

Shannon Elizabeth is rumoured to be a contestant on the eighth series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here starting in November on ITV1 in the UK.

Shannon Elizabeth was in a relationship with actor Joseph D. Reitman for 10 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 (who played her on screen boyfriend Michael Kelso in That 70s Show) MTV television series Punk'd, a year before their divorce, which involved leading Elizabeth to think that she was caught on a sex tape.

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 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. After the September 11 attacks, Shannon recorded a public service announcement in which she said, "I'm half Arabic, but I am 100 percent American. What is going on affects me the same as everyone else."

Elizabeth dates former Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough. Elizabeth denied rumours of a marriage proposal from Hough, or that the couple was engaged.

At the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, where she finished in the Semifinals, tied for 3rd.Elizabeth, who describes poker as her "second career" has been called "one of the leading celebrity poker players." She visits Las Vegas up to three times each month to participate in poker games with the top players of the United States. Elizabeth played 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 $55,000. She has 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 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in a field consisting of the top poker professionals before losing to eventual champion Paul Wasicka. Among the four opponents she defeated were three World Series of Poker multiple bracelet winners: Jeff Madsen, Barry Greenstein, and Humberto Brenes.

The online poker room Full Tilt Poker once had a sponsorship agreement with Elizabeth.

Films Shannon Elizabeth has appeared in:
Blast (1997) hostage
Jack Frost (1997) Jill
American Pie (1999) Nadia
Dish Dogs (2000) Anne
Scary Movie (2000) Buffy Gilmore
Seamless (2000) Nicole
Tomcats (2001) Natalie Parker
Thir13en Ghosts (2001) Kathy
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Justice
American Pie 2 (2001) Nadia
Love Actually (2003) Harriet
Johnson Family Vacation (2004) Chrishelle
Cursed (2005) Becky
Confessions of an American Bride (2005) Sam
The Kid & I (2005) Shelby
The Grand (2008) Toni
Deal (2008) Michelle

Off Centre (2001) Dawn
The Twilight Zone (2001)
Punk'd (2003) Herself
That '70s Show (2003–2004) Brooke
Cuts (2005) Tiffany Sherwood
Thank God You're Here (2007)
One on One (2004) Tiffany
Dancing with the Stars (2008) Herself
Erin & Allison's Life (2008)
I Bet You (2008)