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Mena Suvari



Blonde, blue-eyed, and looking for all the world like Heather Graham's little sister, Mena Suvari made her film debut with a small role in Gregg Araki's 1997 Nowhere. The same year, Suvari, who was born in Newport, RI, on February 9, 1979, appeared in two other films, Snide & Prejudice and Kiss the Girls. After another small role, in The Slums of Beverly Hills (which starred her future American Pie co-star Natasha Lyonne), Suvari landed her breakthrough role playing the forthright, virginal Heather in the 1999 sex comedy smash American Pie. The same year, the actress (who had also done television work on shows such as E.R. and Chicago Hope) won further recognition with a lead role as the teenaged object of Kevin Spacey's middle-aged affections in the hugely acclaimed American Beauty. With yet another lead role that year, this time in the made-for-TV disaster film Atomic Train, Suvari seemed perfectly poised on the well-trod brink of stardom. Her profile received another boost in 2000, thanks to starring roles in Sugar & Spice and Loser, the latter of which saw her starring as the apple of American Pie co-star Jason Biggs' eye. That same year, the then 21-year-old actress made headlines of a different sort with her marriage to Richard Brinkman, a cinematographer 17 years her senior. The marriage would only last until 2005, but that wouldn't stop Suvari from a series of projects during that time, ranging from a quirky role in the comedy Beauty Shop to an arc on the popular TV series Six Feet Under. Gravitating more and more toward challenging, left of center roles, the actress would go on to choose parts like the supporting role of Richie Berlin in the 2007 Andy Warhol/Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, and corn-rowed hardened criminal Brandi Boski in 2008's Stuck.



As the first decade of the new millennium drew to a close, it became clear that Suvari was finally free of the somewhat limiting image of the pretty, blonde starlet that her breakthrough roles in American Pie and American Beauty had pigeon-holed her into. She would enjoy memorable roles in everything from the zombie flick Day of the Dead to the WWII period drama The Garden of Eden, based on the Hemingway novel. Suvari would also make appearances on TV series like Sex and the City, Psych, The Cape, and American Horror Story - on which she played the infamous "Black Dahlia" murder victim Elizabeth Short. By 2012, Suvari was gearing up to remember her roots, with an all-star installment in the American Pie fanchise, American Reunion.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Jackie Foster
2016
No Score Yet Badge of Honor
  • Jessica Dawson
2016
No Score Yet The Opposite Sex
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Don't Blink
  • Tracy
2014
No Score Yet The Opposite of Sex
  • Jane
2014
No Score Yet Stalkers
  • Actor
2013
0% The Knot
  • Sarah
2012
0% You May Not Kiss the Bride
  • Tonya
2012
43% American Reunion
  • Heather
2012
No Score Yet Restitution
  • Heather
2011
No Score Yet No Surrender
  • Actor
2011
4% Hemingway's Garden of Eden
  • Catherine Bourne
2010
12% The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  • Phlox
2009
No Score Yet Sex and Lies in Sin City: The Ted Binion Scandal
  • Sandy Murphy
2008
72% Stuck
  • Brandi
2008
14% Day of the Dead
  • Sarah Bowman
2008
63% The Dog Problem
  • Jules
2007
45% Brooklyn Rules
  • Ellen
2007
0% Caffeine
  • Vanessa
2007
19% Factory Girl
  • Richie Berlin
2007
33% Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Aeris Gainsborough
2006
20% Rumor Has It
  • Annie Huttinger
2005
19% Domino
  • Kimmie
2005
46% Edmond
  • Whore
2005
36% Standing Still
  • Lana
2005
37% Beauty Shop
  • Joanne
2005
100% Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party
  • Actor
2005
29% Trauma
  • Charlotte
2004
37% Spun
  • Cookie
2003
No Score Yet Full Frame Documentary Shorts
  • Actor
2003
23% Sonny
  • Carol
2002
No Score Yet Snide & Prejudice
  • Geli
2001
11% The Musketeer
  • Francesca
2001
52% American Pie 2
  • Heather
2001
28% Sugar & Spice
  • Kansas
2001
24% Loser
  • Dora Diamond
2000
29% American Virgin
  • Katrina
2000
88% American Beauty
  • Angela Hayes
1999
60% American Pie
  • Heather
1999
No Score Yet Atomic Train
  • Grace Seger
1999
21% The Rage: Carrie 2
  • Lisa
1999
80% Slums of Beverly Hills
  • Rachel
1998
29% Kiss The Girls
  • Coty Pierce
1997
27% Nowhere
  • Zoe
1997

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Laura-Lee Armitage Laura-Lee
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Allison
No Score Yet South of Hell
2015
  • Maria Abascal/Abigail
45% The Cape
2011
  • Tracey Jerrod/Dice
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Edie
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Beth Short
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Hysteria
2014
  • Dr. Logan Harlen
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
2012
  • Isabella
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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