Tweed in 2007
|Born||Shannon Lee Tweed
March 10, 1957
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Gene Simmons (m. 2011)|
|Children||Nicholas Adam Simmons
Sophie Alexandra Simmons
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Kelly Tough|
|Succeeded by||Patricia Farinelli|
|Playmate of the Year|
|Preceded by||Terri Welles|
|Succeeded by||Marianne Gravatte|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
Shannon Lee Tweed (born March 10, 1957) is a Canadian actress and model. One of the most successful actresses of mainstream erotica, 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.
Shannon was born in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador to a mink rancher and was raised on a mink ranch in Markland. Shannon is one of seven children and has three sisters, including actress Tracy Tweed.
After Shannon's father fell into a coma after a car crash, Shannon 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.
After the Canadian wish-fulfilment TV series Thrill of a Lifetime arranged for her to pose for Hugh Hefner's Playboy, Shannon was chosen to be the Playmate of the Month for the November 1981 issue and eventually the Playmate of the Year for 1982. Shannon and Tracy appeared together in a Playboy spread.
Shannon 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 Shannon's first meeting with her future musician husband, Simmons.
Shannon primarily acted in TV series such as the HBO comedy 1st and Ten, the prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest, and appeared as a guest on Frasier, as well as B movies. She also appeared in an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard as well as Married With Children. In 1985, she landed a year-long role on Days of Our Lives as Savannah Wilder.
Her first major theatrical film appearance was in the teen sex comedy Hot Dog... The Movie in 1984. Since then, Shannon has appeared in more than 60 films including Detroit Rock City, produced by Simmons, in 1999. Shannon and Tracy co-starred in the film Night Eyes 3.
Shannon 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 Shannon to her longtime partner and co-parent, Simmons, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, US. Tracy occasionally made appearances on Gene Simmons Family Jewels and on one episode she offered her sister her frozen embryo, as Shannon had been considering adoption.
In 2010, an episode of the series was taped in Shannon'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. Council approved the request and the street is located in the neighborhood of Rosewood.
Shannon is the narrator of the reality TV show, Ex-Wives of Rock.
Early in her life, Shannon 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 (which coincided with her Playmate appearances and being named 1982 Playmate of the Year), Shannon 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." 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. The couple have two children: Nicholas Adam Simmons was born January 22, 1989 (age 26) and Sophie Alexandra Simmons was born July 7, 1992 (age 22).
- Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever - uncredited, appears in audience next to Hugh Hefner (1983)
- Of Unknown Origin (1983)
- Hot Dog…The Movie (1984)
- The Surrogate (1984)
- Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986)
- Steele Justice (1987)
- Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1988)
- Last Call (1991)
- In the Cold of the Night (1991)
- The Naked Truth (1992)
- Night Eyes 2 (1992)
- Sexual Response (1992)
- Cold Sweat (1993)
- Night Eyes 3 (1993)
- Indecent Behavior (1993)
- No Contest (1994)
- Possessed by the Night (1994)
- A Woman Scorned (1994)
- Hard Vice (1994)
- Night Fire (1994)
- Indecent Behavior 2 (1994)
- The Dark Dancer (1995)
- Victim of Desire (1995)
- Illicit Dreams (1995)
- Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure (1995)
- Indecent Behavior 3 (1995)
- Stormy Nights (1996)
- Electra (1996)
- White Cargo (1996)
- Human Desires (1997) as Alicia Royale
- Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil's Island (1997)
- Bimbo Bash Movie (1997)
- Dead by Dawn (1998)
- Forbidden Sins (1998)
- Naked Lies (1998)
- No Contest II (1998)
- Powerplay (1999)
- Detroit Rock City (1999)
- The Rowdy Girls (2000)
- Scandalous Behavior (AKA Singapore Sling) (2000)
- Dead Sexy (2001)
Selected television appearances
- The Hitchhiker (Season 2, Episode 6, entitled "Videodate," 1984)
- Days of Our Lives (as Savannah Wilder – 142 episodes, 1985–1986)
- 21 Jump Street (Episode "You Oughta Be in Prison", 1987)
- Dear John (1989)
- Baywatch (Episode "If Looks Could Kill", 1991)
- Married… with Children (Episode "The Two That Got Away", 1995)
- Frasier (episodes "You Scratch My Book...", 1995; and "Don Juan in Hell: Part 2", 2001)
- Murder, She Wrote (Episode "Twice Dead", 1995)
- Wings (Episode "Oedipus Wrecks", 1997)
- The Parkers (Episodes "Out with the Old, in with the New", 2003; "Mother's Day Blues", 2002; and "Moving on Out", 2000)
- Gene Simmons Family Jewels (All Episodes, 2006–2012)
- SpongeBob SquarePants (Episode "20,000 Patties Under The Sea", 2007)
- United States of Tara (Episode "Dept. of F'd Up Family Services", 2010)
- Republic of Doyle (Season 3, Episode 2 "Head Over Heals", 2012) (Season 5, Episode 7 "Hook, Line and Sinker", 2013)
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- Wolfe, Morris (1987). Jolts: the TV wasteland and the Canadian oasis. Toronto: Lorimer. p. 66. ISBN 978-0888626486.
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- 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.
- Strause, Jackie. "EXCLUSIVE: Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed Renew Wedding Vows!". Life and Style magazine. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "'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.
- "Saskatoon street could be named after Shannon Tweed". CBC News. June 28, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- David Hutton (June 29, 2011). "Tweed Lane new jewel on city map". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- "Shannon Tweed's Attack Of The Groupies on Steam". Store.steampowered.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- "Interview with developer".
- "The Smart Ass Wedding Announcement". TMZ.com. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- McNiece, Mia (1 October 2011). "People Exclusive: Gene Simmons Is Married". People.com. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
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- AskMen.com: Shannon Tweed