“I've made my way in the world by wearing a really great dress.” Shaune Bagwell
Shaune Bagwell is an American model, actress and television host. She has worked with many top fashion designers, including Victoria's Secret, Calvin Klein, Guess, Gucci, and Christian Lacroix. Now based in Los Angeles, the Houston, Texas, native acted in “Can't Stop Dancing” (1999), “The Sex Monster” (1999) and “The Contract” (2002) as well as in the TV series “Days of Our Lives” (2002) and “Rough Crossing” (2002). Her hosting gigs include “Extreme Gong” (1998) and “Opportunity Knocks” (2002).
One of FHM magazine's “50 Most Eligible Women,” Bagwell has one daughter, Skyler Jaye Knight (born 2004), with professional basketball player Travis Knight. She is the ex-wife of retired baseball first baseman Jeff Bagwell.
Childhood and Family:
Shaune Bagwell was born Shaune Stauffer on November 18, 1973, in Houston, Texas, to an English professor and the Chairman of the Board of a conveyor belt manufacturing company. She became interested in the performing arts at a very young age and took ballet lessons and was involved in drama. She was discovered by a modeling agent at age 12. A good student, Shaune was interested in science and medicine and earned awards at several science fairs. She originally considered a career in medicine but later decided to postpone her formal education in favor of a modeling career. Shaune has two siblings, Spencer Reginald Stauffer and Sterling Scott Stauffer.
On November 14, 1992, Shaune married Major League Baseball first baseman Jeff Bagwell (born May 27, 1968). They divorced on July 2, 1996. On June 21, 2004, Shaune gave birth to her first child, daughter Skyler Jaye Knight. The father of her child is NBA basketball player Travis Knight.
On February 19, 2008, Shaune's mother, Elizabeth Stauffer, passed away in Houston, Texas. She was 81.
Shaune Bagwell in the Islands
12 year old Shaune Bagwell was spotted by a local modeling agent while she was at school. After some persuasion, her parents allowed her to audition for a television commercial. She won the spot and contracts in Japan, Australia, New York and Miami soon followed. It was not long before she appeared in magazines worldwide and at age 13, branched out to acting with a small role as a beauty pageant contestant in “Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter” (1986), a comedy directed and co-written by Robert Burge that starred Paul Sorvino.
Bagwell has traveled around the world as a model and worked with popular designers like Gucci, Victoria's Secret, Christian Lacroix, Isaac Mizrahi, Calvin Klein, Richard Tyler, and Guess. She has also appeared in a number of magazines, including “People,” “US Weekly,” “InStyle” and “Women's Wear Daily” and was a spokesmodel for Miller Lite. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and in 1998, landed an unaccredited part as a bridesmaid in “October 22,” a movie starring Mark Boone Junior, Michael Paré and Ernie Hudson. The same year, she also co-hosted Game Show Network's “Extreme Gong,” a revival of the classic Chuck Barris game show. In 1999, Bagwell was cast as Erika in the comedy film “Can't Stop Dancing,” which starred Ben Zook, Melanie Hutsell and Margaret Cho. She also received an unaccredited role in “The Sex Monster,” a comedy directed, written by and starring Mike Binder. The same year, she served as a guest host in two episodes of “The X Show.”
Bagwell returned to acting in 2002 when she landed the role of Betty the secretary in the thriller “The Contract,” starring Camilla Overbye Roos, Jeff Fahey and Andrew Keegan. The same year, she also joined the cast of the popular soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” where she played Meg, and portrayed Sonya Bennet in the television series “Rough Crossing.” The year also saw her co-host “Opportunity Knocks” and the TV special “The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments.”
In 2003, Bagwell appeared in two episodes of the TV talk show “The Other Half” and in the TV documentary “Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration,” hosted by Drew Carey. She has also appeared several times on “Howard Stern.”
In 2008, Bagwell produced and independently distributed her own swimsuit calendar called “Shaune Bagwell in the Islands.”