Celebrities Shannon Elizabeth January 27, 2016 MoviePoster American actress Shannon Elizabeth Fadal (known as Shannon Elizabeth) was born on September 7, 1973, in Houston, Texas, in a low-income family. She combines Syrian, German, English and Irish ancestry. Being a high school student, Shannon got interested in tennis and even thought about playing professionally. In 1996, she got her debut role in an episode of “Arliss” TV series. Her first feature film role was in 1997 “Jack Frost”. In 1999, she played her breakthrough role in “American Pie”. Her other famous movies are “Scary Movie” (2000), “Tomcats” (2001), “Jay and Silent Bob strike back” (2001), “Thirteen Ghosts” (2001), “Cursed” (2005) and “Night of the Demons” (2010). In 1999, the actress posed nude for the Playboy magazine. In 2008, she took part in “Dancing with the Stars” (6th season). In 2009, she was a host for comedy/burlesque series “Live Nude Comedy”. She also appeared in Chris Brown’s music video “Next Tu”. Shannon Elizabeth is also a well-known poker admirer and is one of the leading celebrity poker players. She took part in 2005 World Series of Poker and won a special tournament. In 2006 and 2007 World Series of Poker, she cashed 4 times, but failed to win the main event. In 2007, she got to semi-final of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. In 2002-2005, the actress was married to actor Joseph Reitman. In 2008-2009, she dated Derek Hough, her dancing partner from “Dancing with the Stars”. Since 2014, she is in relationship with Russell Simmons. In addition, Shannon is a vegan and environmentalist. She co-founded animal rescue organization “Animal Avengers”.