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  • Is of Syrian, Lebanese, French and Cherokee Indian descent.
  • Once considered becoming a pro tennis player.
  • Skilled in Krav Maga, an Israeli hand-to-hand combat technique.
  • Founded the rescue organization Animal Avengers in 2001.
  • Has competed multiple times in the World Series of Poker, and has made a second career out of playing cards.
  • Participated in Season 6 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars with partner Derek Hough.


  • Patricia Dianne Abbott — Mother
  • Gerald Edward Fadal — Father
  • Joseph D. Reitman — Ex-husband
  • Derek Hough — Ex-significant Other

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  • Birth Name: Shannon Elizabeth Fadal
  • Birth Place: Houston, TX
  • Birthday: September 7, 1973, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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