What The Hell Happened To Shannon Elizabeth?

From American Pie to -- well, that's pretty much it.

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The Early Years

  • 8% -- Jack Frost (1996)
  • N/A -- Blast (1997)
  • N/A -- Seamless: Kidz Rule (1999)

    Shannon Elizabeth (born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal) first capitalized on her leggy looks by working as a fashion model, but by the mid-1990s her ambitions had turned to acting. And, like most Hollywood thespians, she had a lot of dues to pay. Her first film credit, in the horror film Jack Frost (1996), came as a bathing victim who gets trapped in the killer snowman's body and bludgeoned to death. It was also her first unclothed scene, perhaps indicative of the career opportunities to come. (To clarify -- and so you don't waste your time watching Jack Frost -- she shows flashes of skin but nothing more.) It was an inauspicious start, but a start none the less.

    Elizabeth spent the next few years landing guest parts here and there in films like Blast (1997), where she played a hostage, and on shows like Step By Step. A guest spot on Arli$$ as an Eastern European starlet who shares a sexy romp with Robert Wuhl was a highlight of her early years. Roles in telefilms Blade Squad (about cops with jet packs on roller skates -- seriously) and Dying to Live kept Elizabeth busy but did little to foster a significant career, as did the independent film Seamless, a Pump Up the Volume clone that played only at the Slamdance Film Festival. Luckily, Elizabeth's big break was right around the corner...

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