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Born in Rhode Island, Mena Alexandra Suvari began her modeling career when she was just a pre-teen.
She moved to L.A. area during high school to develop her career. She debuted her on-screen appearance in Boy Meets World at the age of fifteen.
The American actress then starred in ER and a few other TV series and movies such as Kiss the Girls, and Slums of Beverly Hills.
Despite all these, Suvari had not been recognized yet as an actress.
Recognition came when she starred in American Beauty alongside Kevin Spacey, which garnered her several nominations in BAFTA Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
In the same year, she acted in American Pie, a film that was commercially successful, earning $102 million nationwide and $235 million internationally.
Suvari then acted in several other movies, including Memento, the sequel of American Pie movies, and the box office bomb Sugar and Spice.
In addition to acting, Suvari endorses the cosmetic brand Lancôme as a model for its print advertisements.
She is also active in charity work.
Suvari once designed a limited edition tree-scarf. It featured her own nature-inspired photography, which was screened on silk and silk chiffon as a wearable art. A portion of the sales went to Natural Resources Defense Council.
Suvari then played in a World Poker Tour for Starlight's Children Foundation.
Other than children, she is a female empowerment advocate. She was involved in a charity for breast cancer and supported the "end violence against women" campaign.