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Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a Syrian/Lebanese father and a mother who is English, Irish and German. When Shannon was in 3rd grade, her family moved to Waco, Texas, where most of her relatives already lived. As a girl, Shannon took dance lessons, including tap, ballet, and jazz. While attending high school, however, she was very interested in tennis. She even considered going pro, and making tennis her life. Also during high school, she was active in cheerleading, dance team, and the student council. As a senior, Shannon was in a music video shot in Waco. The music artists were local ones named "Hi-5", and the director of that video just happened to be Antoine Fuqua. After graduating, Shannon moved to New York City to model. She then traveled all over the world with her newfound career to places that included Japan, Italy, France, and Australia. After moving to Los Angeles years later, she signed on with Ford Models and, eventually, Elite. Shannon had always wanted to start her acting career and had just modeled in hopes that it could help lead her into the acting. About a year after moving to Los Angeles, she started taking acting classes with several different coaches. She got an agent eventually, and in 1999, she landed the iconic role of "Nadia" in the movie American Pie (1999). (2016) Shannon is still acting in projects she loves and is enjoying wearing more hats these days. She directed and produced the music video, "More Than Friends", by the rapper Tha Vill and British sensation Kele Le Roc, and she also started her production company called "Ganesha Productions". The company is currently (2016) focused on financing and shooting a film called Hazard, based on the Richard Marx song of the same name. Shannon's other love, and what she refers to as her purpose in life, is her non-profit, Animal Avengers. Started in 2001 as a Los Angeles animal rescue, the charity became international in 2015 and moved into doing conservation work in Africa.  See full bio on IMDb »

Derek H & Shannon E -- Dancing Solo

Derek H & Shannon E -- Dancing Solo

You would think the couple that tweets together, stays together -- but alas, it is not so. Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth posted matching Tweets last night announcing their breakup. The couple… READ MORE >

Poker Pro Accused of Making an Awful Deal

Poker Pro Accused of Making an Awful Deal

Bluffs work at the tables, not in real life -- a lesson one professional poker player could learn after allegedly screwing a company out of big bucks over the movie "Deal."Gambling Times, Inc.… READ MORE >

- 3603 days ago
Shannon Elizabeth's Murderous Pooch

Shannon Elizabeth's
Murderous Pooch

Shannon Elizabeth is harboring a killer! Well, not exactly. But her dog did kill a poor defenseless puppy.Try to follow this one. Derek Hough's mom blogged that one of Shannon's four dogs killed… READ MORE >

- 3810 days ago
Shannon Elizabeth Cleans Up Nicely

Shannon Elizabeth Cleans Up Nicely

Former actress Shannon Elizabeth was spotted at a gas station on Monday -- working!Hollywood can be a dirty business. See Also "Dancing" Party Popped by Police  READ MORE >

- 3833 days ago
"Dancing" Party Popped by Police

'Dancing' Party
Popped by Police

Every lapdance Sting takes. Every move Shannon Elizabeth makes.If you're at danceboy Derek Hough's b-day party at The Bank at the Bellagio in Vegas, we'll be watchin' you. See Also Derek Hough:… READ MORE >

- 3954 days ago
"DWTS" Gives Free Table Dance to Audience

Gives Free Table Dance to Audience

Shannon Elizabeth should throw another hissy fit -- because Bruno Tonioli should have been voted off this week.The "DWTS" judge just couldn't let the contestants get all the attention, and decided… READ MORE >

- 3977 days ago
"DWTS" Couple Alert ... Maybe

"DWTS" Couple Alert ... Maybe

A TMZ fan snapped this photo of Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth in the streets of New York today. READ MORE >

- 3978 days ago
"Dancing" Conspiracy to Eliminate Elizabeth?

'Dancing' Conspiracy
to Eliminate Elizabeth?

Shannon Elizabeth doesn't think it was her fans or the judges that got her booted off -- but instead blamed her ousting on a "bigger force." And we know what it might be.We're told the support… READ MORE >

- 3978 days ago
Shannon Elizabeth is Watching

Shannon Elizabeth is Watching

Having a reality star for a photog is pretty cool -- except when it screws up a shot at an interview.Check out what happened when "Dancing" hottie Shannon Elizabeth recognized TMZ's cameraman/"Big… READ MORE >

- 4000 days ago
"Dancing" Stars: Samba-dy's Lyin'!

"Dancing" Stars: Samba-dy's Lyin'!

Priscilla Presley and the rest of the cast were asked about Elvis' ex-wife's botched injections and the secret choreographers used on the show.The 62-year-old Scientolostar said she didn't even… READ MORE >

- 4013 days ago
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