What The Hell Happened To Shannon Elizabeth?
From American Pie to -- well, that's pretty much it.
Breaking Out in American Pie
For Shannon Elizabeth, 1999 was a big year. (Unfortunately, it remains her only big year to date.) Despite her clunky "Czechoslovakian" accent, she landed the role every brunette model-type in Hollywood desperately coveted: Nadia, the sexy foreign exchange student in American Pie. As the object of Jim's (Jason Biggs) teenage lust, Elizabeth launched herself into the annals of pop culture with a memorable comedic turn and a raunchy strip scene; it didn't hurt that she went topless.
That nude scene also paved the way for another milestone in her bourgeoning career: posing for Playboy. In the lad magazine's August 1999 edition, Elizabeth delivered the full monty, cementing her rising popularity with her key demographic: namely, male fans. (She would later go on record regretting posing for the photo spread.)
But more importantly, American Pie gave Elizabeth another significant boost; she signed a three-picture deal with Miramax that year. (It would pay-off almost immediately with a co-starring role in Scary Movie.)
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