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Mena Suvari, who stars as the cheerleading rebel Kansas, came to the fore as another cheerleader in the 1999 Academy Award-winner for Best Picture, American Beauty, with Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening. Suvari was honored by the British Academy with a Best Supporting Actress award for her critically-acclaimed performance. That same year, Suvari also drew attention in the outrageous youth comedy hit American Pie. She most recently starred opposite Greg Kinnear and Jason Biggs in Amy Heckerling's Loser.

Suvari recently won two Movieline Awards for Breakthrough Performance for American Beauty and Best Ensemble cast for American Pie. She also received a Screen Actor's Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast for American Beauty. She will be seen later in 2001 in Peter Hyams' D'Artagnan starring opposite Tim Roth, Stephen Rea, Catherine Deneuve and Justin Chambers.

After making her feature film debut in Gregg Araki's film Nowhere, Suvari went on to roles in the thriller Kiss The Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd; The Slums of Beverly Hills with Natasha Lyonne and The Rage: Carrie II and Snide and Prejudice. On television, Suvari's appearances include a recurring role on the dramatic series High Incident, and she won acclaim for her portrayal of an HIV-infected youth on Chicago Hope.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema (01-Jan-2000)


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