Shannon Tweed

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Shannon Tweed
Shannon Tweed-Simmons wearing Arthur Mendonça - Heart and Stroke Foundation - The Heart Truth celebrity fashion show - Red Dress - Red Gown - Thursday February 8, 2012 - Creative Commons.jpg
Shannon Tweed in 2012 at the Heart Truth celebrity fashion show
Playboy centerfold appearance
November 1981
Preceded by Kelly Tough
Succeeded by Patricia Farinelli
Playmate of the Year
1982
Preceded by Terri Welles
Succeeded by Marianne Gravatte
Personal details
Born Shannon Lee Tweed
(1957-03-10) March 10, 1957 (age 57)
St. John's,
Newfoundland, Canada[1]
Measurements Bust: 36"C[1][2]
Waist: 25"
Hips: 36"
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]

Shannon Lee Tweed (born March 10, 1957)[1] is a Canadian actress and model. One of the most successful actresses of mainstream erotica,[3] she is identified with the genre of the erotic thriller. Tweed lives with her husband Gene Simmons, co-lead singer of the band Kiss, and their two children. Tweed is also known for Gene Simmons Family Jewels, a television reality show that portrayed the life of her family from 2006 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

Tweed was born in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada to a mink rancher[2] and was raised on a mink ranch in Markland. Tweed is one of seven children and has three sisters, including actress Tracy Tweed.[4]

After Tweed's father entered into a coma after a car crash and Tweed moved the family to her mother's home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, studying nursing while the family survived on welfare. She became involved in beauty pageants following breast enhancement surgery at age 20: In 1978, she was third runner-up in the Miss Ottawa event and won the Miss Canada talent competition for her singing.[2]

Career[edit]

Tweed in 2007

After the Canadian wish-fulfilment TV series Thrill of a Lifetime arranged for her to pose for Hugh Hefner's Playboy, she was chosen to be the Playmate of the Month for the November 1981 issue and eventually the Playmate of the Year for 1982.[5][6][7] Tweed and Tracy appeared nude together in a Playboy spread.[8]

Tweed resided at the Playboy Mansion for around 14 months as Hefner's partner, but was eventually asked to leave due to her cocaine use. The Mansion was the location of Tweed's first meeting with her future musician husband, Simmons.[9]

Tweed primarily acted in TV series such as the HBO comedy 1st and Ten,[10] the prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest, and appeared as a guest on Frasier, as well as B movies.[11] Tweed also appeared in an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. In 1985, she landed a year-long role on Days of our Lives as Savannah Wilder.[4]

Her first major theatrical film appearance was in the teen sex comedy Hot Dog... The Movie in 1984. Since then, Tweed has appeared in more than 60 films including Detroit Rock City, produced by Simmons, in 1999. Tweed and Tracy co-starred in the film Night Eyes 3[12]

Tweed was featured along with her family on the television reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels from 2006 until 2012. One of the highlights of the series was the proposal and subsequent marriage of Tweed to her longtime partner and co-parent, Simmons, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, US.[13] Tracy occasionally made appearances on Gene Simmons Family Jewels and on one episode she offered her sister her frozen embryo, as Tweed had been considering adoption.[14]

In 2010, an episode of the series was taped in Tweed's former hometown of Saskatoon. During the visit, she was presented with an honorary street sign denoting the (nonexistent) "Tweed Lane". Tourism Saskatoon subsequently requested Saskatoon City Council approve the naming of a real Tweed Lane in her honor.[15] Council approved the request and the street is located in the neighborhood of Rosewood.[16]

She has a video game featuring her voice and appearance called Shannon Tweed's Attack Of The Groupies.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Early in her life, Tweed was in a relationship with the CFL linebacker Ron Foxx, who then played for the Ottawa Rough Riders. After a brief relationship with Hugh Hefner[2] (which coincided with her Playmate appearances and being named 1982 Playmate of the Year), Tweed has lived with Simmons since 1983, who explained in a 2011 interview "I need Shannon in my life. Not just because of love and family but because she holds me accountable."[19] After 28 years together, the couple finally wed in an outdoor evening ceremony on the crystal lawn of the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 1, 2011.[20] The couple have two children, Nicholas Simmons (born January 22, 1989) and Sophie Alexandra Simmons (born July 7, 1992).[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected television appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Playmate data". Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "That New Bird on Hugh Hefner's Arm Is a Falcon Crest Fledgling from Canada Named Shannon Tweed". Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Green, Phillip. Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998: 170
  4. ^ a b Jonathan Riggs. "Shannon Tweed- Biography". Yahoo! Movies Canada. Yahoo!. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  5. ^ de Arakal, Byron (1983). "Hanging Around with Shannon Tweed, 'Falcon Crest's Confident Belle". Orange Coast (April 1983): 18–25. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  6. ^ Axworthy, Tom (1987). Our American Cousins: The United States through Canadian Eyes. Toronto: Lorimer. p. 182. ISBN 9780888628787. 
  7. ^ Wolfe, Morris (1987). Jolts: the TV wasteland and the Canadian oasis. Toronto: Lorimer. p. 66. ISBN 978-0888626486. 
  8. ^ "Shannon Tweed, Tracy Tweed - Playboy May 1991 (5-1991) USA". scanof.net. scanof.net. 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Shannon Tweed". Askmen. Askmen. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Jef Dinsmore (11 November 2013). "HBO Classics: 1ST & TEN". HBO Watch. Reinhart Web Development LLC. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Shannon Tweed". Filmbug. MISJA.COM. 1998–2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  12. ^ David Andrews (1 January 2006). Soft in the Middle: The Contemporary Softcore Feature in Its Contexts. Ohio State University Press. pp. 313–. ISBN 978-0-8142-1022-2. 
  13. ^ Strause, Jackie. "EXCLUSIVE: Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed Renew Wedding Vows!". Life and Style magazine. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "'Gene Simmons Family Jewels': Shannon's Sister Offers Her Embryo, But Then Takes It Back (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Saskatoon street could be named after Shannon Tweed". CBC News. June 28, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ David Hutton (June 29, 2011). "Tweed Lane new jewel on city map". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Shannon Tweed's Attack Of The Groupies on Steam". Store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  18. ^ "Interview with developer". 
  19. ^ "The Smart Ass Wedding Announcement". TMZ.com. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  20. ^ McNiece, Mia (1 October 2011). "People Exclusive: Gene Simmons Is Married". People.com. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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