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Mena Suvari Biography

Birth Name:
Mena Alexandra Suvari
Birth Place:
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • Named after her godmother, who in turn was named for the Mena House, a hotel that sits at the base of the pyramids in Egypt
  • Lived in a Rhode Island mansion built in 1870 that she and her brothers claimed was haunted
  • Two of her brothers, A
  • J
  • and Sulev, attended The Citadel and went on to become U
  • S
  • Army Captains
  • Attended a modeling convention at age 12 and signed with the Wilhelmina Models
  • First acting gig was a Rice-A-Roni commercial at the age of 13
  • Made her breakthrough in 1999 with a pair of high-profile movie roles: Heather in American Pie and Kevin Spacey's object of desire American Beauty
  • Models for Lancome cosmetics
  • A longtime supporter of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)


  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2000BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner


  • A.J. Suvari -- Brother
  • Sulev Suvari -- Brother
  • Yuri Suvari -- Brother
  • Simone Sestito -- Ex-husband
  • Mike Carrasco -- Ex-significant Other
  • Ando Suvari -- Father
  • Candice Suvari -- Mother