štvrtok, 29. mája 2008

Bio

Mena Adrienne Suvari (born February 13, 1979) is an American actress, model, fashion designer and spokeswoman. She is best known for her supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film American Beauty (1999), as well as the successful comedy American Pie (1999) and its sequel American Pie 2 (2001).

Suvari was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the daughter of Candice, a Greek American nurse, and Ando Süvari, an Estonian-American psychiatrist.She has 3 older brothers, 1 of them in the United States Army. By the age of twelve, Suvari was modeling; she starred in a Rice-A-Roni commercial by the age of thirteen. Attended Providence High School, in Burbank, California, class of 1997.The family later relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, where her three older brothers lined up to attend The Citadel. Meanwhile, Mena was entertaining dreams of becoming an archaeologist, astronaut or doctor, when a modeling agency stopped by her all-girls school, Ashley Hall, to offer classes.

American Beauty

American Beauty is a 1999 drama film set in modern American suburbia. Starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening, it was the feature film debut for writer Alan Ball and director Sam Mendes. All four were nominated for Academy Awards, and the film won a total of five including Best Picture.

The movie opens with scratchy camcorder footage of a teen girl reclining on a bed. She complains about her father, who she says is boring, socially awkward, and a general embarrassment. A young man off-camera, presumably the operator of the camcorder, asks in a somewhat offhand way, "You want me to kill him for you?" She thinks for a moment and then says with a smirk, "Yeah. Would you?"

The movie begins again with Lester Burnham (Spacey), a 42-year-old father and advertising executive. Lester begins a self-narration, although Lester as the audience sees him on screen is not actually talking. He says to the audience, "In less than a year, I'll be dead. Of course, I don't know that yet. And in a way I'm dead already." It soon becomes clear why: His family life is messy. His wife Carolyn (Bening) is an ambitious, pretentious realtor with little on her mind but success: "My company sells an image. It's part of my job to live that image." His 16-year-old daughter Jane (Birch), who was seen earlier in the camcorder footage at the beginning of the movie, is considering a breast reduction. "Janie's a pretty typical teenager," Lester says, "Angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her." Jane and Lester haven't spoken to each other for months. Lester himself is a self-described loser: boring, faceless and easy to forget. "I have lost something. ... But you know what? It's never too late to get it back."

Filmography

1. The Garden of Eden (2008) (completed) .... Catherine Bourne
2. Day of the Dead (2008) (V) .... Sarah Bowman
3. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008) .... Phlox Lombardi
4. Stuck (2007) .... Brandi
5. Brooklyn Rules (2007) .... Ellen
6. Factory Girl (2006) .... Richie Berlin
7. The Dog Problem (2006) .... Jules
8. Caffeine (2006/I) .... Vanessa
9. Orpheus (2006) (TV) .... Sue Ellen
10. Kingdom Hearts II (2005) (VG) (voice: English version) .... Aerith Gainsborough
11. Rumor Has It... (2005) .... Annie Huttinger
12. Domino (2005) .... Kimmie
13. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) (voice: English version) .... Aerith Gainsborough
14. Edmond (2005) .... Whore
15. Standing Still (2005/II) .... Lana
16. Beauty Shop (2005) .... Joanne
17. "Six Feet Under" .... Edie (7 episodes, 2004)
18. Trauma (2004/I) .... Charlotte
19. Sonny (2002) .... Carol
20. Spun (2002) .... Cookie
21. The Musketeer (2001) .... Francesca Bonacieux
22. American Pie 2 (2001) .... Heather
23. Sugar & Spice (2001) .... Kansas Hill
24. Loser (2000) .... Dora Diamond
25. American Virgin (2000) .... Katrina Bartalotti
26. American Beauty (1999) .... Angela Hayes