Birth Name: Shannon Elizabeth Fadal
Place of Birth: Houston, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 7, 1973
*English, Irish, German (mother)
Shannon Elizabeth is an American actress, model, and poker player. She became famous with her roles 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 documented/verified.
Shannon’s paternal grandparents are Toufic William Fadal (the son of William J. Fadal) and Louise Basila (the daughter of Abdula “Albert” Basila and Philameana “Thelma” Margret Saloum). Toufic was of Syrian/Lebanese descent. Louise was born in Texas, to Syrian/Lebanese parents. Abdula was the son of Nassif Basila.
Shannon’s maternal grandparents are Marvin Austin Abbott (the son of John Barney Abbott and Mary Elizabeth “Bessie” Stradley) and LaVerna/LaVerne Carter. 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.
Sources: Shannon’s paternal grandmother, Louise Basila, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Shannon’s paternal grandmother, Louise Basila – http://www.yourcousins.com
Shannon’s maternal grandfather, Marvin Austin Abbott, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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