Shannon Elizabeth was born on
September 7th, 1977 in Houston, Texas, a true representative of
the American melting pot with a mother of German, French, English
and Native American ethnicity and a father of Syrian and Lebanese
ancestry. When she was 10, the family moved to Waco Texas where
she took up music and dancing lessons at the age of 2. She also
enjoyed tossing batons. While she found that growing up in Waco
was a bit dull, she enjoyed it and looks back on many happy memories.
is a quotation from Shannon on her growing up years in Waco: I remember
loving to do two things in particular when I was growing up: making
my mom laugh so hard that she couldnt breathe and arguing
until I proved I was right (remember, I was an only child). So,
with that in mind, my options seemed to be entertainer or lawyer.
Shannon was a rather shy child
and she avoided the active social life until reaching High School
when she began to sing in the Waco City Choir even became a cheerleader.
She earned National Honor Society status and then ran for and won
a Student Council seat. She joined the tennis team and competed
in regional and statewide tournaments.
During her senior year in High
School, Shannon was introduced to acting when she was asked to appear
in a music video being shot by a local rock band. The video's producer
advised her to sign up with a modeling agency in New York where
she moved after graduation in 1996.
Her modelling career began to
take off immediately and she went to photo shoots all over the world.
Here is another quotation from Shannon on her early modelling career:
Being alone in New York City for the first time was fascinating
and a bit terrifying. I was definitely homesick, but it got better
quickly seeing as I was living in NYU dorms for the summer. I made
friends with most of the building and some of the other young models
with my agency. That was the beginning of me working with various
magazines and doing a bit of traveling. Amongst my travels I hit
such places as Japan, Paris, Milan, Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
How lucky was I to get paid to travel and see the world at the same
time?! Finally, I made it back to the good ol USA. There really
is no place like home! After spending an awesome season in South
Beach, Miami I made my way out to LA. I loved South Beach, but it
was time to move on. I actually was just planning on visiting a
friend for a couple of weeks, thinking that I wouldnt be able
to compete in LA quite yet. I had always planned to end up in LA
and start my acting career, but I thought it would eat me alive
at that point. During my visit, I decided to go ahead and get a
modelling agent and have some pictures done, as long as I was there.
I started out with the Ford Modelling Agency and have since moved
to Elite Model Management.
in Los Angeles, she continued her successful modelling career and
added acting jobs into the mix when when she shot a Taco Bell commerical.
Soon she was taking acting classes and soon after landed a juicy
role in the picture American Pie as Nadia an Eastern European college
student attending a US university. Recently she acted in the Wayans
brothers film Scary Movie and received considerable notoriety. She
has also been seen on the Howard Stern show as well. Anywhere you
see her she is gorgeous and of course Red Hot.
"Three wishes: Umm,
to never stop working, to always have as close to a perfect relationship
possible, and to always have more wishes."
"Most of the time, I don't really feel sexy. It's important
for a girl to feel sexy, when she puts on certain things. I try
to be, for my boyfriend!"
"I know I got people's attention with the sex scene in American
Pie (1999), but I don't want to be known as a T*ts & A*s girl.
I've gotten plenty of offers for roles with nudity, and I've said
no to all of them."