Shannon Elizabeth Fadal (born September 7, 1973) is an American actress
and model. Elizabeth came to prominence in the 1999 comedy film American Pie.
Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas to Gerald Edward Fadal (of Syrian and Lebanese descent) and Patricia Dianne Abbott (of French, English, and American Indian (Cherokee) descent); she was raised in Waco, Texas. In high school, Elizabeth 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. In August of 1999, she appeared nude in Playboy Magazine.
Shannon 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.
After Shannon Elizabeth was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher's crew members one year
before their divorce, some people have speculated that it was her husband Joe's
involvement in fooling her into thinking she was caught on a s-- tape that was
the cause of their breakup. She now stars in the UPN series Cuts along side
singer/actor and another punk'd victim Marques Houston.
Shannon Elizabeth played in the 2005 World Series of Poker main event. She also won a special tournament celebrating the opening of a new poker room at Caesars Palace in January 2006, beating out 83 celebrities and poker professionals to win $55,000.
Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by Shannon 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.
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