What The Hell Happened To Shannon Elizabeth?

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


In our second installment of What The Hell Happened To... we again turn to the Tomatometer to chart the rise and fall of a once-promising Hollywood talent. [To read our inaugural assessment of actor Wesley Snipes, click here.] What will the Tomatometer tell us, and is there any remedy for Shannon Elizabeth?

Thirty-four-year-old Shannon Elizabeth got her first big break in 1999 as Nadia, the busty foreign exchange student in the R-rated comedy hit American Pie. Nearly ten years later, Elizabeth is now best known for... her role as Nadia, the busty foreign exchange student in American Pie. This week, following years of unsuccessful bids at television and film stardom and having devoted considerable time to her "second career" -- playing professional poker -- Elizabeth appears as a hooker in Deal, a new video release that we also note is currently enjoying a solid zero percent on the Tomatometer.

How, we ask, did this come to be? How did a ShoWest Star of Tomorrow (class of 2001) find herself in barely-released feature films and noticed more for her hobbies (and her breasts) than her craft?



The complete Tomatometer history of Shannon Elizabeth. Click for more info.


Set adrift on memory bliss as we revisit ten years of career choices by Shannon Elizabeth.

First up: The Early Years

Comments

halose7en

Peter Kaplan

I might be the only one, but I've always thought Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was awesome. And American Pie 2 wasn't bad either, for a sequel. But everything after that was shee-ite.

Aug 21 - 07:35 PM

blattman

Mike Greenblatt

Her nickname in Jay and Silent Bob is Boo Boo Kitty ****. This has to be a highlight, and it was a good film.

Aug 21 - 11:40 PM

stephanie555

stephanie schlicker

Well just so you know although her movie career has been set on the back burner.... temporarily I assume, she is one hell of a poker player. She came in one of the top positions on Heads Up poker Championship , last year and this year. Shannon also plays a mean main event tournament and for anyone who plays poker you know it takes alot of work and time. So Shannon keep up the great work at poker and win a bracelet before you put all your time and effort back into the arts!!!

Sep 2 - 11:50 AM

Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

You are not the "only one" -- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was a dandy hunk o' satire.

Sep 15 - 10:49 PM

oyguvaltshappy

matthew ericson

haha, "full ugly."

sounds like she was simply given more credit than she deserved early on, because she's really done nothing after some very nice hits.

Anna Faris, whose mainstream career really began with Scary Movie (something Shannon was in) showed that if you've got talent, you can keep getting good parts, and that's why I think Shannon Elizabeth really just never had a career full of acting available.

Aug 21 - 07:42 PM

ironmanstarks

jeff johnson

She's done some bad movies. She's not a very good actress, but if a craptacular actress like Jessica Alba can keep getting movie deals, why not Shannon Elizabeth?

Aug 21 - 07:44 PM

borisf

Boris Someone

I know where she will end up. Hosting/headlining some reality show on Bravo/VH1/E!. Thats where careers go to die.

Aug 24 - 10:02 AM

Shastar

Daniel Taraschke

I would have bought Shannon as Sue Storm a lot better than Jessica Alba.

Sep 7 - 09:55 AM

Shastar

Daniel Taraschke

I would have bought Shannon as Sue Storm a lot better than Jessica Alba.

Sep 7 - 10:00 AM

arendr

Arend Anton

What happened to her? Here, let me wake her up and ask.

Aug 21 - 08:22 PM

WesM

Wesley Masters

Hahaha nice :)
Man, this is a depressing segment though...

Aug 26 - 10:38 AM

thereign

lance berry

Shannon Elizabeth really didn't have much going for her besides a seriously killer body. But I'm with Ironmanstarks: if Hollywood could keep a bimbo like Alba around, why not S.E.?

Aug 21 - 08:44 PM

steveoisgreat

Steven Lavender

Shannon Elizabeth owns the nicest rack i have seen in the movies. I'm way more attracted to her than i am Jessica Alba or Anna Faris.

Aug 21 - 08:56 PM

steveoisgreat

Steven Lavender

Shannon Elizabeth owns the nicest rack i have seen in the movies. I'm way more attracted to her than i am Jessica Alba or Anna Faris.

Aug 21 - 08:57 PM

KISSman

Tommy D

Sure, we loved her as Nadia, but that was due to her hotness and toplessness and not because we thought Shannon Elizabeth was a good actress. Her path to being forgotten in Hollywood is of no surprise to me.

Aug 21 - 09:09 PM

JohnnyJonJon

Jonathan Groen

People didn't even like her on Dancing with the Stars, and that was the best acting of her career! Oh ***** it, she's still hot!

Aug 21 - 09:59 PM

dgator783

Roger Russell

i would hit that in a second....which i prolly could after what her ex-husband looked like, girl doesnt have standards....

Aug 21 - 10:00 PM

grumblesa10

First Last

Well something that stories like this never investigate, is the actor's reputation with the studios. I have some acquaintances in this line of work who've worked with Ms. Elizabeth in the past. She definitely had "an attitude". In fairness, dunno if that's still the case.
However, once someone gets that reputation, producers and directors will not consider submitting scripts: why put up with that on set when there's others willing to work? One can bet that a sudden drop in vis like this is either due to a Tara Reid-like burnout; which I don't think applies here-or someone's really pissed someone off.

Aug 21 - 10:16 PM

AngiePhoenix85

Angela Garrett

Grumblesa10,

Speaking of professional ethiquette....

Jessica Alba isn't known for her professional ethiquette either--she
she's known to pin the blame on those other then herself if her movies flop at the box-office. For "Into the Blue", Alba was consistant to claim that that the movie was Paul Walker's vehicle, and he's the reason behind a few rewrites and subtle changes to her script to make her out as visual candy instead of an expert and aquatics. Which, it was never confirmed that Paul was even behind the script changes. (I've forgot the real name of her character's occupation). During her Dark Angel days, Alba held a grudge against co-star her then co-star Jensen Ackles due to jealously of him getting more props from fans.


She's also known to be a diva in interviews. She claims that fellow latino, Eva Mendes doesn't have what it takes to green-lite movies. How in the hell kind of right does she have to claim who has more star-power to greenlight movies when she's got 5 flops under her belt and hasn't even greenlite a movie yet?

Attitide isn't even the word to describe it.

Aug 22 - 01:04 AM

JettaJameson

James Lowell

Care to name sources for these claims? Those are pretty bold statements and they sound like you just made them up. Of course, if you have sources I'll gladly eat my words.

Aug 23 - 03:54 PM

clamman27

Rob Clark

Attitude? Then I wonder why the hell J. Ho was a career at all.

Aug 25 - 10:47 PM

ThePecker13

Kevin Pecker

This is what happens when actor's, especially somebody like Shannon Elizabeth, who has an advantage of being a huge star don't bother "Chanlenging" themselves with roles. Instead, they decide to do the same material, don't choose the right, or, good scripts, and are caught up by the glamour. These kind of actor's will probably never be taken serious in Hollywood.

This will happen to Sophia Bush if she keeps doing the same material, and not choose the right scripts.

Aug 21 - 10:22 PM

eastern2western

peter liu

well, lets be honest in here. she was famouse in the pie movies for having one fine rack and that is all she had from that pt on. one big hint that she was doomed fromthe beginning is her play boy spread because 99% of chicks went full monty for playboy ended up no where.

Aug 21 - 10:28 PM

ck100

Chris Kubat

Either this girl is just flash-in-the-pan eye candy or is an actress with hidden talent. If she does have talent, it's been squandered by typecast eye candy roles, bad choices, and focus on poker. I really haven't seen much of her work so I can't decide myself. But reading about her career and seeing that chart really showed how she fell quickly from grace. Maybe she never really had much talent in the first place like Jessica Alba. I do think if she wants her career back she needs to do a compelling role that shows her range. Otherwise she'll just be another washed-up, has-been on some VH1 reality show sometime soon.

Aug 21 - 10:30 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Word, ck100. I do believe there's more untapped potential within Shannon Elizabeth -- judging from her poker achievements alone, she must be a smart girl -- so I'd like to see her take on more challenging acting gigs. Maybe going full nude in Playboy was a bit of a mistake for her career, and prevented her from being taken seriously. That is, if we can assume she wanted more substantial parts to begin with. But by all indications she seems like a genuinely charismatic, smart person and I'd like to see her defy the flash in the pan nature of (female) celebrity. Nobody should have to resort to Dancing With the Stars.

Aug 21 - 10:46 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Word, ck100. I do believe there's more untapped potential within Shannon Elizabeth -- judging from her poker achievements alone, she must be a smart girl -- so I'd like to see her take on more challenging acting gigs. Maybe going full nude in Playboy was a bit of a mistake for her career, and prevented her from being taken seriously. That is, if we can assume she wanted more substantial parts to begin with. But by all indications she seems like a genuinely charismatic, smart person and I'd like to see her defy the flash in the pan nature of (female) celebrity. Nobody should have to resort to Dancing With the Stars.

Aug 21 - 10:46 PM

AngiePhoenix85

Angela Garrett

A lot of folks have to realize that it's mostly her choices in film roles that put her career at stake. If you started out as a type-cast and never gotten the chance to expand yourself as an actress; showing some versatility as an actress and NOT as visual lollypop would've helped. This is the same consequences that Denise Richards has suffered--inronic enough that both women are known soley for their busts then their acting talent, which is NOT much to talk about.

Someone mentioned she has "no-nudity" clause? I don't know why she has it since she's never gotten anywhere in her career after her "American Pie" days, so what's the point to make such a decision if you career is at a dead end? *roll eyes*

Aug 22 - 12:47 AM

smartmoviekid

jonathan ramirez

how unfortunate for this to happen to such a beautiful woman...however i agree that her star power came from those perfect breasts, not her acting chops. not once have i seen her in a decent performance without some form of nudity. poker-faces not included. possible women to analyze later on in this great feature: jennifer garner(star's faded quickly after "alias"), Jane Fonda ( long, rollercoaster ride of a career), and Verginia Madsen (last movie made: Number 23. ouch).

Aug 21 - 10:48 PM

Snortinwhiskey

Hugh Jass

Wow, she is doing quite well if you ask me. As long as people with no lives are commenting on your career you must be doing something right.

Aug 21 - 11:06 PM

ripum853

William Pichkan

It seemed like her career took a nose dive once she added the "No Nudity Claus" to her contract.

Aug 21 - 11:09 PM

BigEarn

Jeff Earnhart

Williamsphere - What a douche you are? She's hot and she sucks, let's move on.

Aug 23 - 05:36 AM

williamsphere

willliam sphere

Shannon Elizebeth is simply awesome. The article is very useful for discussion on movies in which Shannon Elizebeth was there. I like to meet and greet her personally.
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Aug 21 - 11:23 PM

Floor Man

Floor Man

%u21E7
williamsphere = SPAMMER FILTH.


"The article is very useful for discussion on movies in which Shannon Elizebeth was there."

...What the heck does that even mean?

"I like to meet and greet her personally."

...Yeah, I like to do that, too. Every Saturday afternoon.

Aug 22 - 12:24 AM

areyoucereal

Matt L.

most people would because shees sooo hot

Aug 27 - 11:09 AM

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