Born on November 18th, 1973 in Houston, Texas, Shaune Bagwell (ne Stauffer) was drawn to performing arts at a young age. She was quite adept at ballet and was involved in drama as well. During a talk being given by a modeling agent in high school, 13-year-old Bagwell was singled out and asked to meet with the speaker after class. She was already quite stunning and the agent could not help but try and recruit her.
After some persuasion, Bagwell’s parents allowed their daughter to audition for a local TV commercial. Thanks to the same agent, she got the spot and then proceeded with contracts in Japan, Australia, New York, and Miami. Just like that (snap your fingers), a young model was born. One year later, Bagwell had a new career, appearing in foreign publications worldwide.
Acting had always been one of Bagwell’s loves, so it came as no surprise that, when asked to play a small role in Paul Sorvino’s Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter in 1986, she quickly accepted. This first taste of moviemaking left the young beauty wanting more, but she had to wait, as her parents made her stick with school until graduation. Working during the summers, she was still busy, and even did a commercial for Blue Belle ice cream.
Blessed with an incredible mind, as well as body, Bagwell considered enrolling in college after she finished high school. She had a fondness for science and studied bacteriology, even authoring several impressive theories that went on display at engineering fairs near Houston. Despite this, Bagwell decided to take a year off to try out modeling full time.
Suitors chomped at the bit now that Bagwell was available to work, and Miller Lite signed her on as spokeswoman. She traveled the country autographing her print ads for the beer company, and then realized that more opportunities would come if she was situated in California.
The subsequent move to Los Angeles proved fruitful, as she immediately landed a high-profile agent, through contacts, and work kept on coming in. She appeared in the little known film The Contract and followed it up with another indie piece, Triple Threat. These small parts helped Bagwell’s fledgling acting career grow, increasing her experience and skills.
In 1998, she was chosen to co-host the Game Show Network’s Extreme Gong, a remake of the well-known Chuck Barris show. When not filming these episodes, she worked on more small films, including October 22, Can’t Stop Dancing and The Sex Monster. Again, the roles weren’t big, but Bagwell admitted it was all gravy.
After a marriage with All-Star first baseman Jeff Bagwell went sour, the multi-talented beauty became a fixture on the L.A. star scene. Following hosting experiences on the shows Opportunity Knocks and The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments, in 2002, she appeared at several movie premieres and made headlines as one of FHM’s most eligible women.
She became known as quite the party girl, but settled down as her two latest projects, roles in Rough Crossing and the popular soap opera Days of our Lives, began to be more fruitful than previously expected. In addition, the Women’s Entertainment Network often gets her input on their new show, Single in L.A.
Now well established on television and still a highly in-demand model, with a popular self-titled website, featured in People and In Style, Shaune Bagwell has yet to reach the top of her game. With smarts, beauty and experience to match, however, it won’t be long before she gets there.