The first time I saw Shannon Elizabeth was not in "American Pie"; it was an appearance she made on "Late Night
with Conan O'Brien", where I was struck (as was Conan) by how beautiful and lively she was.
Born in Houston, Texas, Elizabeth is of Syrian, Lebanese and Cherokee heritage -- which makes it a little
ironic that she became famous playing a Czech foreign-exchange student. Apart from the American Pie films, her projects
so far haven't found much critical success, though her cameo in 2003's "Love Actually" hopefully portends better
things to come.
Shannon is a co-founder of Animal Avengers
, an animal rescue and adoption foundation.