Shannon Elizabeth Fadal is an American actress and former fashion model. Elizabeth became widely known as a sex symbol for her role in the 1999 comedy film American Pie.
Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas and 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 films, including the horror film Jack Frost and Dish Dogs, before being cast in 1999's American Pie. Pie was a major box office success, and achieved cult status for her nude bedroom scene in the movie. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several Hollywood films, including Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike, and Tomcats. 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. Elizabeth appeared in That 70s Show for a number of episodes.
In August 1999, she 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.
Elizabeth was one of the celebrities on an episode of NBC's Thank God You're Here along with Tom Green, Chelsea Handler and George Takei.
Elizabeth was among the cast of the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Dough Hough. Elizabeth was the seventh star eliminated from the competition.
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.
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 fundraising 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, Elizabeth 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."
After being eliminated from Dancing with the stars in April 2008, Elizabeth began dating Derek Hough, her dancing partner on the show. Their relationship ended in August 2009.
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