Shannon Lee Tweed Simmons (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, bassist and co-lead singer of the band Kiss, and their two children; Nicholas Adam Tweed-Simmons and Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Simmons. Tweed is also known for Gene Simmons Family Jewels, a television reality show that portrayed the life of her family from 2006 to 2012.
Tweed in August 2007
Shannon Lee Tweed
March 10, 1957
|Occupation||Actress, model, reality star, voice over and narrator|
Gene Simmons (m. 2011)
|Children||Nicholas Adam Tweed-Simmons|
Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Simmons
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Kelly Tough|
|Succeeded by||Patricia Farinelli|
|Playboy Playmate of the Year|
|Preceded by||Terri Welles|
|Succeeded by||Marianne Gravatte|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
Tweed was born in Placentia, Newfoundland to Donald Keith Tweed, a mink rancher, and Louise (Wall) Tweed. She was raised on a mink ranch in Markland. She is one of seven children and has three sisters, including actress Tracy Tweed.
After her father fell into a coma after a car crash, 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.
After the Canadian wish-fulfilment TV series Thrill of a Lifetime arranged for her to pose for Playboy magazine, Tweed was chosen to be the Playmate of the Month for the November 1981 issue and eventually the Playmate of the Year for 1982. Tweed and her sister Tracy appeared together in a Playboy spread.
Tweed 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 1983 horror film Of Unknown Origin. Since then, Tweed has appeared in more than 60 films including Detroit Rock City, produced by Simmons, in 1999. Tweed and her sister Tracy co-starred in the film Night Eyes 3.
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 Simmons' proposal to her and their subsequent marriage at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, US. Her sister Tracy occasionally made appearances on Gene Simmons Family Jewels and in one episode she offered her sister her frozen embryo, as Tweed had been considering adoption.
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. The Council approved the request and the street is located in the neighborhood of Rosewood.
After a brief relationship with Hugh Hefner (which coincided with her Playmate appearances and being named 1982 Playmate of the Year), Tweed has been in a relationship with Gene Simmons since 1983. Simmons 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 wed in an outdoor evening ceremony on the crystal lawn of the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 1, 2011.
|Of Unknown Origin||Meg Hughes|
|Playboy Video Playmate Review||Herself|
|1984||Hot Dog…The Movie||Sylvia Fonda|
|The Surrogate||Lee Waite|
|1986||Meatballs III: Summer Job||The Love Goddess|
|1987||Steele Justice||Angela Spinelli|
|Code Name Vengeance||Sam|
|1988||Lethal Woman||Ex-Pilot Tory MacAllistair|
|The Firing Line||Sandra Spencer|
|1989||Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death||Dr. Margo Hunt|
|Night Visitor||Lisa Grace|
|Playboy Playmates of the Year: The 80's||Herself||Documentary|
|1990||In the Cold of the Night||Lena|
|The Last Hour||Susan|
|1992||Liar's Edge||Heather Burnz|
|Night Eyes 2||Marilyn Mejenes|
|The Naked Truth||The First Class Stewardess|
|1993||Cold Sweat||Beth Moore|
|Night Eyes 3||Zoe Clairmont|
|Indecent Behavior||Dr. Rebecca Mathis|
|1994||Possessed by the Night||Carol McKay||Direct-to-video|
|Scorned||Patricia Langley/Amanda Chessfield|
|Indecent Behavior 2||Dr. Rebecca Mathis|
|Illicit Dreams||Moira Davis|
|1995||No Contest||Sharon Bell|
|Victim of Desire||Carla Duvall|
|The Dark Dancer||Dr. Margaret Simpson|
|Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure||Dr. Claire Archer||Direct-to-video|
|Indecent Behavior 3||Dr. Rebecca Mathis||Associate producer|
|1996||Stormy Nights||Jennifer McCormick|
|Playboy: 21 Playmates Centerfold Collection||Herself||Documentary|
|1997||No Contest II||Sharon Bell|
|Human Desires||Alicia Royale||Direct-to-video|
|Bimbo Bash Movie||Margo|
|Java Heads: The Movie|
|Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: Shannon Tweed||Herself||Documentary|
|1998||Naked Lies||Cara Landry||Associate producer|
|Dead by Dawn||Wendy Marsh|
|Playboy: Babes of Baywatch||Herself||Documentary|
|1999||Detroit Rock City||Amanda Finch|
|Forbidden Sins||Maureen Doherty|
|Scandalous Behavior||Lisa Blair||Direct-to-video|
|Playboy: Playmate Pajama Party||Herself||Documentary|
|2000||The Rowdy Girls||Velvet McKenzie||Co-producer|
|Diaries of Darkness|
|2001||Dead Sexy||Kate McBain||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Wish You Were Dead||Lesbian Hitwoman|
|2003||Sex at 24 Frames Per Second||Herself||Interviewee|
|2004||Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates||Herself - Miss November 1981||Documentary|
|2014||Sex, Marriage and Infidelity||Margaret|
|A Very Satan Christmas||Herself||Short|
|The Ultimate Wedding Planner||Herself||Documentary|
|Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood||Herself||Documentary|
|1982||Drop-Out Father||Beautiful Woman||TV movie|
|1982–1983||Falcon Crest||Diana Hunter||21 episodes|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Celina Morgan||Season 7 episode 7: "The Wedding Picture/Castaways"|
|Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour||Herself||Panelist|
|1984||The New Mike Hammer||Karen Thorsen||Season 1 episode 9: "The Perfect Twenty"|
|Family Feud||Herself||Episode: "Battle of the Perfect 10's: Wilt's Wows vs. Debbies Dudes; Richard's Rosebuds vs. Phyllis Fighters"|
|The First Olympics: Athens 1896||Woman||Mini-series|
|The Dukes of Hazzard||Betty Jo Page||Season 7 episode 2: "Welcome, Waylon Jennings"|
|1984–1987||The Hitchhiker||Barbara/Dr. Rita de Roy||Season 2 episode 6: "Videodate"|
Season 4 episode 6: "Doctor's Orders"
|1985||Three's a Crowd||Princess Leanna||Episode 20: "King for a Day"|
|Playboy Mid Summer Night's Dream Party 1985||Herself||Documentary|
|1985–1986||Days of Our Lives||Savannah Wilder||142 episodes|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Vicki Barrington||Season 6 episode 5: "Role Call"|
|Highway to Heaven||Nina Van Slyke||Season 3 episode 12: "Oh Lucky Man"|
|1987||The Last Fling||Joanne Preston||TV movie|
|CBS Summer Playhouse||Beth||Season 1 episode 15: "Sirens"|
|Nine to Five||Tiffany Crystal||Season 5 episode 1: "Meet Mr. Felb"|
|Ohara||Randi||Season 2 episode 1: "Y' Wanna Live Forever?"|
|L.A. Law||Jocelyn Miller||Season 2 episode 1: "The Lung Goodbye"|
|21 Jump Street||Jody Kleinman||Season 2 episode 9: "You Oughta Be in Prison"|
|Hooperman||Season 1 episode 7: "Hot Wired"|
|Rags to Riches||Babe Adair||Season 2 episode 9: "Beauty and the Babe"|
|Sex Symbols; Past, Present and Future||Herself||Documentary|
|1988||Our House||Maxine Denton||Season 2 episodes 16 and 17: "Trouble in Paradise: Part 1" and "Trouble in Paradise: Part 2"|
|Longarm||Crazy Sally||TV movie|
|1989||Dear John||Margo||Season 1 episode 20: "Margo"|
|Desperado: The Outlaw Wars||Uncredited|
|1989–1991||1st & Ten: The Championship||Kristy Fullbright||30 episodes|
|1990||Hollywood Dog||TV movie|
|Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Ms. Mason||Season 2 episode 5: "The Undergraduate"|
|Baywatch||Allison Fowles||Season 2 episode 11: "If Looks Could Kill"|
|Fly by Night||Sally "Slick" Monroe||13 episodes|
|1992||Civil Wars||Luree||Season 1 episode 8: "For Better or Perverse"|
|Sexual Response||Eve Anderson|
|1993||Matrix||Andrea Hopper||Episode 2: "To Err Is Human"|
|1994||Hot Line||Rebecca||Season 1 episodes 5 and 6: ""Payback" and "Payback"|
|Model by Day||Shannon||TV movie|
|1995||Married... with Children||Shannon Tweed||Season 10 episode 9: "The Two That Got Away"|
|Murder, She Wrote||Priscilla Lake||Season 11 episode 15: "Twice Dead"|
|Marker||Samantha Kent||Episode 12: "Factor X"|
|1995–2001||Frasier||Dr. Honey Snow||Season 2 episode 15: "You Scratch My Book..."|
Season 9 episode 2: "Don Juan in Hell: Part 2"
|1996||Pacific Blue||Sheila Silver||Season 1 episodes 1 and 8: Pilot and "Burnout"|
|1997||Homeboys in Outer Space||Delia||Episode 18: "The Naked and the Dred, or the Toast of the Town"|
|Wings||Emily Palmer||Season 8 episode 21: "Oedipus Wrecks"|
|Nash Bridges||Bess||Season 3 episode 2: "Payback"|
|Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil's Island||Hunter Wiley||TV movie|
|1997–1998||The Tom Show||Maggie Amross||Episodes 2, 12, and 16: "Bad Publicity," "Maggie Returns," and "The Centerfold"|
|1999||Assault on Death Mountain||Hunter Wiley||TV movie|
|Powerplay||Jacqueline Knight||TV movie|
|V.I.P.||Herself||Season 1 episode 15: "Val on the Run"|
|Beggars and Choosers||Shannon Tweed||Season 1 episode 8: "Unsafe Sex"|
|Get Real||Joanna Parsons||Episode 3: "Passages"|
|2000–2003||The Parkers||Sophia Van Lowe||Season 1 episode 19: "Moving on Out"|
Season 3 episode 20: "Mother's Day Blues"
Season 5 episode 11: "Out with the Old, in with the New"
|2002||My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star||Mom||11 episodes|
|2003||Run of the House||Ms. Dee Dee Cole||Episode 5: "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire"|
|2004||Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter||Dr. Honey Snow||Uncredited|
|When Playboy Ruled the World||Herself||Documentary|
|2006||Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds||Herself||Documentary|
|2006–2012||Gene Simmons Family Jewels||Herself||158 episodes|
|2007||SpongeBob SquarePants||Woman Fish||Voice|
Season 5 episode 17: "20,000 Patties Under the Sea/The Battle of Bikini Bottom"
|2008||Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?||Herself - Audience member|
|2009||Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel||Herself: Playmate of the Year 1982/Actress||Documentary|
|2010||United States of Tara||Knatasha Knightblade||Season 2 episode 7: "Dept. of F'd Up Family Services"|
|Bill Zucker's Day with the Simmons||Herself|
|2012||How Playboy Changed the World||Herself||Documentary|
|America's Book of Secrets||Herself||Season 1 episode 6: "The Playboy Mansion"|
|2012–2013||Republic of Doyle||Frances Lemont||Season 3 episode 2: "Head Over Heels"|
Season 5 episode 7: "Hook, Line and Sinker"
|2014||Seed||Wendy Maybely||Season 2 episode 7: "Mother Sucker"|
Credited as Shannon Tweed-Simmons
|Canada's Smartest Person||Herself - Lie Detector Guest||Season 1 episode 6: "#1.6"|
Credited as Shannon Tweed-Simmons
|2013||Ex-Wives of Rock||Herself||Narrator|
|2014||Shannon & Sophie||Herself||Executive producer|
|13 Nights of Elvira||Dr. Margo Hunt||Episode 1: Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death|
|2015||Sunday Brunch||Set decorator|
Episode 6: "The Smoking Pistol"
|2017||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Season 17 episode 4: "Just Letter Cook"|
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