American Beauty and American Pie star Mena Suvari is set to guest star on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s (”Nip/Tuck,” “Glee”) new FX series “American Horror Story.” The 32-year-old starlet will play a woman with a connection to the haunted house at the center of the show—a woman who goes by the nickname The Black Dahlia.
The Black Dahlia, of course, is the name given to murder victim Elizabeth Short by the press in 1947. Short’s body was discovered in a Los Angeles park, nude and severed at the middle. The unsolved case has been the subject of numerous books and movies, including works by novelist James Elroy and filmmaker Brian De Palma.
No word yet on what significance the moniker actually has on the show, but viewers will know for sure when Suvari appears in the ninth episode. “American Horror Story” stars Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton as a troubled married couple who discover that their new Los Angeles home is haunted. The show airs Wednesdays on FX.
Suvari genre creds include Paramount Pictures Kiss the Girls (her feature film debut), MGM’s ill-received Carrie sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, Millennium Films remake of George Romero’s Day of the Dead, and Stuart Gordon’s Stuck, a based-on-a-true-story thriller about a woman who, after hitting a pedestrian with her car, drives home with the man stuck in her windshield to wait for him to die.