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Shannon Elizabeth
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Elizabeth at the 2021 GalaxyCon
Shannon Elizabeth Fadal

(1973-09-07) September 7, 1973 (age 49)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actress, conservationist, animal activist, model, poker player
Years active1991–present
Notable work American Pie
Scary Movie
Love Actually
(m. 2002;div. 2005)

Simon Borchert
(m. 2021)
Relatives Tamsen Fadal (cousin)

Shannon Elizabeth Fadal (born September 7, 1973) [1] is an American actress, conservationist, animal activist, model and poker player. A popular sex symbol and teen idol of the 1990s and 2000s, [2] [3] Elizabeth is best known for her roles in the films American Pie , Tomcats , Scary Movie , and Love Actually . She also starred in the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back , Thirteen Ghosts , Cursed , and Night of the Demons , and played a recurring role in the sitcom That '70s Show and was a series regular in Cuts .


Elizabeth splits her time between Cape Town, South Africa, and the USA, and runs her non-profit organization, an animal rescue turned conservation organization she co-created in 2001—previously Animal Avengers. The org is currently working alongside SANParks and Brett Barlow to care for Munu the Rhino and build him a sanctuary and breeding program. The Foundation has also launched One Woman's Legacy, a scholarship program that helps African women break through the glass ceiling in conservation studies. [4] She is a professional poker player, and in 2006 was named "one of the leading celebrity poker players." [5]

Early life

Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, to a father of Lebanese ancestry, [6] [7] [8] and to a mother of German, English and Irish ancestry. [9] She was raised in Waco, Texas, from 3rd grade through high school; Elizabeth graduated from Waco High School in 1991. [10] In high school, she was a member of the tennis team and at one point considered a professional tennis career. Elizabeth worked as a model for Ford & Elite models before she began a career in film. [11]


Elizabeth along with two marine participants of the poker tournament, prior to 2006 tribute troops of the U.S. Military Shannon Elizabeth and two guys.jpg
Elizabeth along with two marine participants of the poker tournament, prior to 2006 tribute troops of the U.S. Military

Elizabeth appeared in several films and television shows before being cast in 1999's American Pie in the role of Nadia. It was a major box office success. Elizabeth subsequently appeared in several Hollywood films, including Scary Movie , Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back , and Tomcats . Elizabeth starred in the UPN series Cuts until the show was canceled in May 2006. Elizabeth recurred in That '70s Show for a number of episodes.[ citation needed ]

In 2000 and 2003, she was featured in Maxim . [12] 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 . [13] 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 Derek Hough. Elizabeth was the seventh star eliminated from the competition.

Elizabeth at the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Shannon Elizabeth poker.jpg
Elizabeth at the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

In 2006, Elizabeth described poker as her second career and was called "one of the leading celebrity poker players." [5] At that time, she visited the Las Vegas Valley up to three times each month to participate in poker games with top players. Elizabeth does not appear to have been as active a poker player since scoring 12 tournament cashes from 2006 through 2010 – she has only one tournament cash (in 2013) thereafter. [14]

Elizabeth played in the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker under the guidance of Daniel Negreanu, 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. [15] She 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. [14]

Elizabeth was the host of the comedy/burlesque series "Live Nude Comedy" in 2009. Elizabeth also featured in Chris Brown's "Next to You" music video as Brown's girlfriend in 2011. In 2019 she reprised her role as Justice in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. [16]

Personal life

Elizabeth was married to actor Joseph D. Reitman from 2002 to 2005. [17] She is an environmentalist and vegan. She is a cousin of New York-based television host and relationship coach Tamsen Fadal. [18] Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by Elizabeth and her then-husband Reitman, [11] is dedicated to rescuing and finding a home for homeless pets, reducing pet overpopulation, promoting responsible pet guardianship and preventing animal cruelty.

Among 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 tournament director Matt Savage. In 2016, she began participating in numerous other Bodog-sponsored charity events as well. [19] The organization, based in Brazil, lead 3D printing of prosthetic body parts for animals, including a beak for goose Victoria. [20]

Elizabeth has served as the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary's Adopt a Turkey program, urging people to adopt a turkey instead of eating one for Thanksgiving. [21] She uses social media, particularly Instagram posts, to raise awareness about rhino poaching at the Poached Rhino fundraiser. [22] She is currently married to Simon Borchert as of 2022.



1997 Jack Frost Jill MetznerCredited as Shannon Elizabeth Fadal
1998Blade SquadNurseTV film
1999Seamless: Kidz RuleNicole
1999Dying to LiveVanessa CanninghamTV film
1999 American Pie Nadia
2000 Scary Movie Buffy Gilmore
2000 Dish Dogs Anne
2001 Tomcats Natalie Parker
2001 American Pie 2 Nadia
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Justice
2001 Thirteen Ghosts Kathy Kriticos
2002Survivin' the IslandOffice workerUncredited
2003 The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron CourtneyTV film
2003 Love Actually Harriet, the sexy one
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Chrishelle Rene Boudreau
2005 Cursed Becky MortonCameo
2005Confessions of an American BrideSamTV film
2005 The Kid & I Shelby Roman
2007 The Grand Toni
2008 Deal Michelle
2008You Belong to MeAlex WilsonTV film
2009 Night of the Demons Angela Feld
2011 A Novel Romance Adi Schwartz
2012 American Reunion NadiaCameo
2012 A Green Story Kelly
2012Golden WinterJessica Richmond
2013In the DarkLindaTV film
2013 Catch a Christmas Star Nikki CrandonTV film
2014 The Outsider Margo
2015 Marshall the Miracle Dog Cynthia Willenbrock
2016Swing AwayZoe PapadopoulosExecutive producer
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Justice Faulken
2021Playing With BeethovenBryn(post-production)
2023Alone TodayMaddy


1996 Arliss Anya SlovachekEpisode: "Crossing the Line"
1996 Hang Time Nicole BarrettEpisode: "Green-Eyed Julie"
1996 Baywatch Girl at Pier Party (uncredited)Episode: "Baywatch Angels"
1997 USA High MelanieEpisode: "Internet Love Story"
1997 Step by Step CindiEpisode: "Can't Buy Me Love"
1998 Pacific Blue JoEpisode: "Damaged Goods"
1999 G vs E Cherry ValenceEpisode: "Men Are from Mars, Women Are Evil"
2002 Just Shoot Me! KarenEpisode: "About a Boy"
2002 Off Centre DawnEpisode: "Addicted to Love"
2002 The Twilight Zone Sondra LomaxEpisode: "Dream Lover"
2003–2005 That '70s Show Brooke9 episodes
2004 One on One Tiffany SherwoodEpisode: "Splitting Hairs"
2004 Punk'd HerselfEpisode: "Carmelo Anthony, Shannon Elizabeth and Jena Malone"
2005–2006 Cuts Tiffany Sherwood31 episodes
2005 MADtv HerselfEpisode: "OK Go"
2005 King of the Hill Candee (Voice)Episode: "Harlottown"
2008 Dancing with the Stars Herself Season 6 Contestant; 6th Place
2009Live Nude ComedyHost6 episodes
2013 What Not to Wear HerselfEpisode: "Shannon Elizabeth"
2013 Melissa & Joey AnitaEpisode: "The Unfriending"
2018 Celebrity Big Brother Herself

Video games

2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing Serena St. Germaine (voice)
2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Amy Loveheart (voice)

Dancing with the Stars

Week #Dance / SongJudge's scoresResultRef
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Shut Up and Drive"777No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Swing With Me"888Safe
3 Jive / "Goody Two Shoes"888Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "Keep Holding On"9109Safe
5 Samba / "Pon de Replay"887Safe
6 Rumba / "True Colors"
Group Country Western / "Cotton Eyed Joe"
7 Tango / "Tanguedia II"

Mambo / "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That"


Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2000 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Breakthrough Performance American Pie Nominated
2000 Young Hollywood Awards Best Ensemble CastWon
2001 Hollywood Film Awards Breakthrough Female Performance American Pie 2 Won
2003Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble Love Actually Nominated

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