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birth date:
February 09, 1979

birth place:
Newport, Rhode Island, USA

She's young, she's fresh, she's hot. Sometimes we have to jump on the bandwagon.

Mena Suvari starred in the Oscar Award winning film American Beauty.

Mena has also appeared in Trauma (2004), Sonny (2002), American Pie 2 (2001), The Musketeer (2001), Sugar & Spice (2001), Loser (2000) and American Virgin (2000).

Available to buy:

American Beauty
(The Awards Edition)

American Beauty
VHS Tape

American Beauty
(The Awards Edition)
VHS Tape

Almost Famous &
American Beauty

American Beauty:
Original Motion Picture Score
Audio CD

American Beauty:
Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Audio CD

American Beauty:
The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Scripts)
by Alan Ball


. Mena Suvari

American Beauty (1999)

Title: American Beauty
Released: 1999
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 122 min
Country: USA
Language: English

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Plot Summary: Lester and Carolyn Burnham are on the outside, a perfect husband and wife, in a perfect house, in a perfect neighborhood. But inside, Lester is slipping deeper and deeper into a hopeless depression. He finally snaps when he becomes infatuated with one of his daughters friends. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is developing a happy friendship with a shy boy-next-door named Ricky who lives with a homophobic father.

Comments: Unforgettable. American Beauty may (and should) go down as the most unparrallelled movie of its time. This movie, which could not be more difficult to explain to one who hasn't seen it, grapples the viewer from the first instance. This film succeeds not only because of the unbelievable script, but because the fact that when the film ends, you DO acknowledge the performances of the film (Benning is unbelievable), but seem to put individual performances aside to the movie itself. Few movies place you in the surreal-yet-too-real environment that this film seems to put you in. Watching this movie, you will become immersed in this family and what occurs to them, despite the fact that they seem to be the most ordinary family a mind could imagine. Whether or not Spacey deserved the Oscar should be irrelevent - the story behind this movie should be remembered for ages.

Scene Description: Mena Suvari in a topless scene laying on a couch as Kevin Spacey pulls down her pants and then opens her shirt to reveal her breasts.

..Movie Stills
Available to buy:
 American Beauty (The Awards Edition) (DVD)
 American Beauty (VHS)
 American Beauty (The Awards Edition) (VHS)
 Almost Famous / American Beauty (DVD)
 American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score (Audio CD)
 American Beauty: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Audio CD)
 American Beauty: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Scripts)
 American Beauty, Movie-Reprint Poster, 27x40
 American Beauty (Rolled Advance 1-Sheet), Framed Movie Print
 Mena Suvari and Thora Birch - American Beauty, B/W Glossy Photo, 10x8
 American Beauty, Color Glossy Photo, 10x8

Graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, California class of 1997.

Her first name came from an Egyptian godmother.

Is a natural red-haired.

Last name "Suvari", pronounced "soo-VAHR-ee", is Estonian.

First name "Mena", pronounced "MEE-nah".

Has 3 older brothers, 2 of them in US army.

Mother is a nurse; father is a psychiatrist.

Mena was raised in a Rhode Island home that was built in 1870 and which she and her brothers believed was haunted. They saw several apparitions over the years, all of which she believed was friendly.

People Weekly magazine titled an article about her "All-American Girl" (1999).

Declared as the most "patriotic" artist of 2000 by Entertainment Weekly magazine, making allusion to her 3 consecutive movies with the word "American" on their titles: American Pie (1999), American Beauty (1999) and American Virgin (2000). In 2001, she added American Pie 2 (2001) to that list.

Her mother is of Greek descent.

Mena and her husband Robert Brinkmann have taken considerable flak because of their age difference - 16 years. Robert is a cinematographer.

Did her own singing in American Pie (1999).

Auditioned for the role of Mary Jane in Spider-Man (2002).

Her father is Estonian.

Personal quotes

"It's nice when people want your autograph, but it's a little strange because I never expected it. I still kind of think, 'Oh, who am I?'"

"Sometimes I don't feel like the person that I'm supposed to be. I don't feel like I deserve any of this."

"Though I've turned 21, I don't drink. I'm an old hag now. I'm just an old fart."

"For me, I guess it was a just little different. I moved around a lot in my life. And usually you tend to form the relationships in middle school and high school - and I didn't really have that. I moved out to L.A. "

"You know, one example, when we had the earthquake out here [in Los Angeles] I was teased. People would say, "Did your chickens get loose?" 'cause I lived in South Carolina. You know, just things like that."

"I like . fashion! No. I like anything fashion oriented. But I don't think I really had any drastic change."

" I like sports. I like to keep active. I like hiking and things like that, and horse back riding. But shopping . that's my exercise. Open the door, carry the bags... I'm really bad."

"I make all kinds of stuff. I got my fingers in everything."

"I just don't feel like who I'm suppose to be, so I don't think about that too much."

"I don't feel like the person that I should be, like I'm Mena, you know? I can't take it too seriously - I just have fun with it."

Mena Suvari - Filmography
Below is a complete filmography (list of movies she's appeared in)

Trauma (2004) .... Charlotte
Spun (2002) .... Cookie
Sonny (2002) .... Carol
Musketeer, The (2001) .... Francesca bon Ansau
American Pie 2 (2001) .... Heather
Sugar & Spice (2001) .... Kansas Hill
Loser (2000) .... Dora Diamond
... aka Loser, The (2000) (USA)
American Virgin (2000) .... Katrina Bartalotti
... aka Live Virgin (2000) (UK) (USA: working title)

American Beauty (1999) .... Angela Hayes
American Pie (1999) .... Heather
Atomic Train (1999) (TV) .... Grace Seger
Rage: Carrie 2, The (1999) .... Lisa Parker
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) .... Rachel Hoffman
Kiss the Girls (1997) (as Mena A. Suvari) .... Coty Pierce
Snide and Prejudice (1997) .... Geli
Nowhere (1997) .... Zoe

Mena Suvari - Notable TV Guest Appearances
"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The" (1999) playing "Herself" 13 March 2003
"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The" (1999) playing "Herself" 10 January 2003
"Early Show, The" (1999) playing "Herself" 31 December 2002
"Early Show, The" (1999) playing "Herself" 25 December 2002
"Early Show, The" (1999) playing "Herself" 21 December 2002
"Just Shoot Me" (1997) playing "Herself" in episode: "Finch in the Dogg House" (episode # 6.1) 27 September 2001
"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The" (1999) playing "Herself" 13 August 2001
"Saturday Night Live" (1975) playing "Host" (episode # 26.10) 20 January 2001
"Martin Short Show, The" (1999) playing "Herself" (episode # 1.18) 6 October 1999
"413 Hope St." (1997) playing "Crystal" in episode: "Thanksgiving" (episode # 1.9) 25 December 1997
"Chicago Hope" (1994) playing "Ivy Moore" in episode: "Sympathy for the Devil" (episode # 4.4) 22 October 1997
"High Incident" (1996) playing "Jill Marsh" in episode: "Camino High" (episode # 2.20) 24 April 1997
"ER" (1994) playing "Laura-Lee Armitage" in episode: "Last Call" (episode # 3.4) 17 October 1996
"High Incident" (1996) playing "Jill Marsh" in episode: "Nobody Walks in El Camino" (episode # 2.2) 19 September 1996
"Minor Adjustments" (1995) playing "Emily" in episode: "A Fish Story" (episode # 1.11) 6 February 1996
"Boy Meets World" (1993) playing "Hilary" in episode: "The Grass Is Always Greener" (episode # 3.12) 12 January 1996
"Boy Meets World" (1993) playing "Laura" in episode: "Danger Boy" (episode # 2.16) 3 February 1995