Shannon Elizabeth

by ethnic on March 6, 2008

Birth Name: Shannon Elizabeth Fadal

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 7, 1973

*Syrian/Lebanese (father)
*English, Irish, German (mother)

Shannon Elizabeth is an American actress, model, and poker player. She became famous with her role as the Eastern European character Nadia in the American Pie films.

Her father is of Syrian/Lebanese descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and German ancestry. In an interview, it was stated that she can speak Arabic.

It has been stated that Shannon has Cherokee Native American ancestry on her mother’s side. It is not clear if this Cherokee ancestry has been verified/documented.

Shannon is a cousin of television host and relationship coach Tamsen Fadal.

Shannon’s paternal grandfather was Toufic William Fadal (the son of William J. Fadal). Toufic was born in Texas, and was of Syrian/Lebanese descent.

Shannon’s paternal grandmother is Louise Basila (the daughter of Abdula “Albert” Basila and Philameana/Philamena Margret “Thelma” Saloum). Louise was born in Texas, to Syrian/Lebanese parents. Abdula was the son of Nassif Basila.

Shannon’s maternal grandfather is Marvin Austin Abbott (the son of John Barney Abbott and Mary Elizabeth “Bessie” Stradley). Marvin was born in Georgia. John was the son of John B. Abbott and Lucretia T. Ritch. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of David Eugene Stradley and Carrie T. Saggs.

Shannon’s maternal grandmother is named LaVerna/LaVerne Carter.

Sources: Genealogy of Shannon Elizabeth (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Shannon’s paternal grandmother, Louise Basila –

Shannon’s paternal grandmother, Louise Basila, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Shannon’s maternal grandfather, Marvin Austin Abbott, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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follers August 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Ethnic, this picture has vanished.

ethnic August 14, 2018 at 6:22 am

thats alarming. Let me know if you notice any other pics missing.

lelo4 October 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Middle Eastern + Northern European mixes look white 99% of the time, and whiter than many far southern Europeans actually.

neiltennant August 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm

she is pale and she always plays roles of white anglo girls and women her whole career

but believe me or not her eyes are oriental. i have seen a lot of those eyes

Man from Leblon October 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Caucasian, not “nordic” morons. Yes, she is Caucasian, to bad she could no use her last name as her acting name.

Another point to make, there were a lot of ethnic influence from the European Crusaders (Normands, Germans, English, French etc) that settled in that part of the world in the middle ages, plus the French. The are not like the Saudis either.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 6:59 am

She’s 100% Caucasian.

Syrian and Lebanese are not a race of their own.

She is NOT mixed.

cwm85 October 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

They actually are part of the Caucasian race anyway which a lot of people are ignorant about. Syrians and Lebanese people.

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm

90 percent of them are dark skinned and they do have curly hair

cwm85 July 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm

She has a lot of European ancestry and Lebanese people aren’t dark skinned. That’s why many are surprised. If had to guess I would have thought English, Portuguese, french… nice mix she is…

neiltennant July 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

she played always white roles

because she has a non ethnic name plus she is rather pale

shobohunter June 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

well middle eastern is not a race. and
they are not black. or Asian. they are arabs.
some ME people look white. don’t believe me just Google

Ali Ramin,* IRANIAN, secretary general of the
Tehran-based World Holocaust Studies*
another example.
Izzat Ibrahim Duri,
*leader of Baas party and IRAQI
Cleopatra and ancient Egyptian weren’t black either. infect ancient Egyptian have many black slaves.

christian March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

i can see the syrian and lebanese descent in her face

but she has the best genes :-) best combination of europe and meditarrania

Islander_Miss August 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

That’s nice…she’s part Syrian/Lebanese; I thought she was just a white American. I don’t consider Middle Eastern people white…….more so Asian, or even African (being that Middle Eastern countries are spread out on Asia and Africa). I’ve heard that the original people of Egypt (like Cleopatra) were (black) Africans…anyone else heard that?

Trol October 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm

So Jesus was black?

Worldgrl November 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

people from jerusalem Etc are not white so..

M July 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

She doesn’t look White at all. She looks more Middle Eastern than anything.

tash November 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

She has definately got native american blood. all the beautiful people have native american blood, cameron diaz (Cherokee), Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie, Johnny depp, Myley Cyrus, Beyonce. You can tell by there eyes. the eyes look a bit asian.

nathalie May 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

do native americans count as asians in the asian category? one college professor of mine who studies ethnic groups said they do. I’m not sure what to think… i don’t wanna offend anyone by saying this.

fat lie May 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm

There are very few pure bloods,most native american of today are of mixed heritage,so i don’t know.

berated1 June 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Check DNA testing….

ethnic April 23, 2010 at 1:37 am

nice. I like Sydney.

Arab Soulja April 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm

yer dats hektik im frum sydney bro west ryde/canterbury bt i liv in wollongong now

ethnic April 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Hey Souljah, I used to live there. I grew up there and its still where i call home. yeh my parents are Japanese.

Arab Soulja April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

i knew she was lebo but not syrian

shes hot 2

@ethnic do yu live in australia or is your mum just japenese australian?

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