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Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a Syrian/Lebanese father and a mother who's 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 child, 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 cheer-leading, dance team and the student council. As a senior, Shannon was in a music video shot in Waco. The music artists were locals named Hi-5 and the director of that video just happened to be Antoine Fuqua. After graduating, Shannon moved to N.Y. to model. She then traveled all over the world with her new-found career to places that included Japan, Italy, France and Australia. After moving to L.A. many years later, she signed 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 L.A., she started taking acting classes with many different coaches. She eventually got an agent and, in 1999, laded the iconic role of "Nadia" in American Pie (1999).She has definitely succeeded in the acting industry and is now adding directing and producing to her resume. She just finished (2010) directing and producing the music video, "More Than Friends", by rapper Tha Vill and British sensation Kele Le Roc. Shannon has also recently started her production company, called Ganesh Productions, and already has 3 films on her production slate. Her focus is on the film Fated (2012), which she will also direct and hopes to go into production in early 2011.