Birth Date: 1975
Birth Place: Tabernacle, New Jersey, USA
Occupation: TV Host/Actress/Model
Quote: “If I’m at a party, I’ll have a beer and a shot of tequila. I’ve got to have the tequila chaser.”
Shana Hiatt was born in 1975 in New Jersey. She moved around a lot as a child because her father was in the Army. When she was 8 years old, Shana became interested in television. She would sit in front of the TV for hours, watching and analyzing the news and the anchors. It was obvious to her that she wanted to be a television news reporter.
In high school, she became more interested in sports. Not only was she a cheerleader, but she also became an exceptional lacrosse and field hockey player. After graduation, she enrolled in New Jersey's Burlington County College in order to study broadcast journalism, still holding on to her childhood dream.
When Shana was 18 she started modeling, and eventually her studies took a backseat to her newfound interest. It didn't take long for Shana to show up on the radar of Ray Manzella, the talent agent who built careers for babes such as Vanna White, Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson. He helped her along and in a short time she was off, modeling in Milan. Before long, Shana got more modeling gigs in Europe, walking the catwalks of Spain and France. This was a blessing for Shana because she always loved to travel.
Upon her return to the U.S., she signed up to participate in the Hawaiian Tropic pageant. The experience she had gathered in the past months paid off and she was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA. This was followed by an appearance in the April 1995 issue of Playboy magazine. Not only was she part of the "Girls of Hawaiian Tropic" spread, she made the cover. This was a great companion piece for the Playboy video The Girls of Hawaiian Tropic: Naked in Paradise, which was released in 1994 and featured the likes of Sung Hi Lee and Angel Boris.
Then, after posing for the cover of Muscle Media magazine, Shana continued making appearances for Hawaiian Tropic. She was in Hawaii to attend a fundraiser for battered women shelters when she met actor James Van Patten, the son of funnyman Dick Van Patten, who's best remembered for the TV series Eight Is Enough. There was an instant connection between James and Shana and they soon married. He also encouraged her to follow up on her desire to appear in front of the camera. She didn't waste any time and soon had a bit part in The Flunky (2000), a little-seen comedy starring James Van Patten, Gena Lee Nolin, and Farrah Fawcett. She was then cast as a stripper in a 2000 episode of Aaron Spelling's short-lived drama Titans. She also got small roles in The Fourth Tenor (2002) with Rodney Dangerfield, Cupids (2003), and Bill the Intern (2003).
The small jobs she was getting weren't fulfilling for Shana. What she really wanted to do was work in entertainment news. She got her chance when she was on Dish on Demand and landed a guest hosting spot on E!'s Wild On where she got to work in South Africa with Brooke Burke.
After being a Keystone Light girl in 2002, she got her big break when she answered a casting call for a new series on the Travel Channel called World Poker Tour, which debuted in 2003. Even though the show's host was her brother-in-law Vincent Van Patten, word has it she got the job on her own merits.
Her job on the show involved traveling around the world, giving viewers a tour of casinos, and interviewing world-famous poker players. This again suited her love for travel. Her involvement has led to her becoming the official spokesperson for PartyPoker.com, the world's largest online multiplayer poker room. In addition, Shana hosts a weekly high-stakes celebrity poker match at the prestigious Beverly Hills club, The Grand Havana Room.
Currently enjoying life to the fullest, Shana shares a home with her husband and her dogs in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.
Shana Hiatt Filmography
Grandma's Boy (2006) .... Pamela Mills
Must Love Dogs (2005) .... Hostess
"World Poker Tour" .... Herself - Hostess (2 episodes: 2003, 2005)
Cupids (2003) .... Aphrodite's Assistant
Bill the Intern (2003) .... Jessie
The 4th Tenor (2002) .... Flight Attendant 2
"Titans" .... Dancer (1 episode: "Desperately Seeking Heather" 2000)
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