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She is a mix of Lebanese, Syrian, English, Irish, German and Cherokee ancestry. She grew up in a low-income area and in high school was interested in becoming a professional tennis player.
After she graduated from high school, she moved to New York and became a model. She also worked in countries abroad, but Shannon Elizabeth was homesick. When she returned, she spent a few months in South Beach, Miami before heading to Los Angeles to become an actress.
Shannon Elizabeth appeared in a few films, but it was her role as Nadia, the Czech foreign exchange student in American Pie that made her a star.
That same year Shannon Elizabeth posed nude in Playboy and was later featured in Maxim and Details. Though she is portrayed as a sexpot, she told OK! Magazine, Im much more the girl next door than people think I am. Im a tomboy.
Other roles followed, including parts in Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Tomcats, That 70s Show and Cuts. She also provided her voice and likeness for the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.
Shannon Elizabeth was also a contestant in the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars, and partnered with Derek Hough whom she subsequently dated. She was the seventh contestant eliminated from the competition.
Shannon Elizabeth is active with Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization. Animals have always been a passion of mine, being able to help them because they cant help themselves, and I think that people have treated them badly over the years and its just not fair.
Her other claim to fame is her second career as a celebrity poker player. Shannon Elizabeth played in the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker and won $55,000.
Regarding sex, she told Maxim, Ive always been sexually aggressive! Ive always felt that sex was one of the few really purely enjoyable activities in life, and it was one things Ive never been complex aboutits healthy and completely liberating if you allow yourself to be carried away by it.
Though she is now single, Shannon Elizabeth said of her former husband, The whole package is what attracted me, it wasnt any one thing. But if he had a wimpy handshake, I dont think it would have given me chills (askmen.com).
Of her American Pie fans that approach her, Shannon said, I dont realize how much time has passednow I really am starting to feel older!