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Elizabeth Banks
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Banks at the New York premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting in May 2012
BornElizabeth Irene Mitchell
(1974-02-10) February 10, 1974 (age 40)[1]
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesLiz Banks
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
American Conservatory Theater
OccupationActress, producer and director
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Max Handelman (m. 2003)
Children2
Website
www.elizabethbanks.com
 
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Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks 2012 Shankbone 2.JPG
Banks at the New York premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting in May 2012
BornElizabeth Irene Mitchell
(1974-02-10) February 10, 1974 (age 40)[1]
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesLiz Banks
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
American Conservatory Theater
OccupationActress, producer and director
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Max Handelman (m. 2003)
Children2
Website
www.elizabethbanks.com

Elizabeth Banks (born Elizabeth Irene Mitchell;[2][3] February 10, 1974) is an American actress, producer and director. Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). She is best known for her roles in the films Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Invincible (2006), Definitely, Maybe (2008), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), W. (2008), Role Models (2008), The Uninvited (2009), The Next Three Days (2010), People Like Us (2012), Man on a Ledge (2012), Pitch Perfect (2012), Movie 43 (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Hunger Games film series (2012–15). Her upcoming roles include Little Accidents (2014), Every Secret Thing (2014), The Big Shoe (2014) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).

On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the sitcom 30 Rock, which gained her two Emmy Award nominations. Previously, Banks had starred in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Briggs on Scrubs from 2006 to 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and grew up on Brown Street, the eldest of four children of Ann (née Wallace) and Mark P. Mitchell.[4] Her father was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother worked in a bank.[5]

Growing up, she played baseball and rode horses. She was in little league when she broke her leg sliding into third. She then tried out for the school play which was her start in acting.[6] She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992, and is a member of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League.[7] She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Banks graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a major in communications and a concentration in theater arts.[8] In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater and earned an MFA.

Career[edit]

Banks changed her name to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell.[9] She made her acting debut in the 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy, as Elizabeth Casey, appeared in various films over the next seven years before gaining more prominent widespread exposure through the 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

In August 2005, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Banks starred in William Inge's Bus Stop as Cherie, the sexy, blonde, aspiring nightclub singer.[10] Jeffrey Borak wrote that Banks' portrayal was acted "with poise, clarity and a shrewd feel for Cherie's complexities. Her performance is all of a piece and in harmony, stylistically, with the performances around her...."[11] In 2005, she appeared on the series Stella, and in May 2006, she had a role in the season five finale of the NBC sitcom Scrubs as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. (Zach Braff). The character appeared throughout seasons six, seven and eight as a recurring guest star.

In 2006, Banks appeared in the American football drama film Invincible, in which she played Mark Wahlberg's love interest. Later, she and co-star Wahlberg were nominated for the "Best Kiss" award at the MTV Movie Awards. Also that year, she landed the starring role in the comedy-horror film Slither.

In 2007, she played the female lead in the comedy film Meet Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. Also that year, Banks had a small role in the Christmas comedy film Fred Claus, co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In 2008, she played a love interest in the comedy film Definitely, Maybe, alongside Isla Fisher and Ryan Reynolds, starred with Seth Rogen as the eponymous female lead in the Kevin Smith comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and played United States First Lady Laura Bush in W., Oliver Stone's biopic of George W. Bush.[12]

In 2009, Banks appeared in the thriller The Uninvited, a remake of the Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters.[13] The film was about an intrusive stepmother who makes life miserable for the teen daughters of her new husband. Banks based her character, Rachel, on Rebecca De Mornay's character in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle".[14] "It was very important to me that every line reading I gave could be interpreted two ways," says Banks of her role, "So that when you go back through the movie you can see that".[14]

Banks is a frequent co-star of actor Paul Rudd, the two having appeared in five films together to date (Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models and Our Idiot Brother).[15]

Banks was cast as a love interest for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in the fourth season of the Emmy Award–winning sitcom 30 Rock.[16] Intended to appear in four episodes in 2010, Banks went on to become a recurring character with thirteen appearances by the end of the fifth season, including her marriage in the episode Mrs. Donaghy. Her performance in season five earned her a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Banks appeared in the movie The Hunger Games, playing Effie Trinket, a woman from "The Capitol" who escorts the District 12 tributes to the Hunger Games. She continues in the role in the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In a February 2013 episode, Banks reprised her role as Sal on Modern Family.[17]

Banks will portray Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, current wife of Brian Wilson in the upcoming biopic, Love and Mercy, which is based on the legendary musician and founding member of The Beach Boys.

Personal life[edit]

Banks met her husband, sportswriter and producer Max Handelman,[18] on her first day at college on September 6, 1992. They were married in 2003.[19] She and her husband had their first child, Felix, who was born via a surrogate in March 2011.[20][21] In November 2012, Banks announced that her family had welcomed another son, Magnus Mitchell, also born via a surrogate.[22]

Banks is of Irish, English, Scottish, and some Dutch, ancestry, and has both a Catholic and Protestant family background.[23][24] She went through parts of the process of conversion to Judaism, her husband's faith, and studied with rabbis. In 2013, speaking of her religion, she stated that she practices Judaism, though "I did not have my mikveh, so technically I'm not converted", and added, "Frankly, because I'm already doing everything [practicing religious rituals], I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be".[25][26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Surrender DorothyVickiCredited as Elizabeth Casey
2000ShaftTrey's friendCredited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
2001Wet Hot American SummerLindsay
2001Ordinary SinnerRachel
2002Spider-ManBetty Brant
2002Swept AwayDebi
2002Catch Me If You CanLucy Forrest
2002Stella Shorts 1998-2002Woman at yoga classShort films; direct-to-DVD release
2003The TradeSioux Sever
2003SeabiscuitMarcela HowardNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004Spider-Man 2Betty Brant
2005HeightsIsabel
2005Sexual LifeSarah
2005The SistersNancy Pecket
2005The BaxterCaroline Swann
2005The 40-Year-Old VirginBeth
2005Daltry CalhounMay
2006SlitherStarla Grant
2006InvincibleJanet CantrellNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Mark Wahlberg)
2007Spider-Man 3Betty Brant
2007Meet BillJess
2007Fred ClausCharlene
2008Definitely, MaybeEmily Jones
2008Meet DaveGina Morrison
2008Lovely, StillAlex
2008Zack and Miri Make a PornoMiriam "Miri" Linky
2008W.Laura BushNominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008Role ModelsBeth Jones
2009Big BreaksStarletShort film
2009The UninvitedRachel Summers
2009SurrogatesExecutive producer
2010The Next Three DaysLara Brennan
2011The DetailsNealy Lang
2011Just a Little Heart Attack[27]Director and starPSA for the American Heart Association Go Red For Women campaign
2011Our Idiot BrotherMiranda
2012Man on a LedgeLydia Mercer
2012The Hunger GamesEffie TrinketWon—MTV Movie Award for Best Transformation
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards Scene Stealer: Female
2012What to Expect When You're ExpectingWendy
2012People like UsFrankie
2012Pitch PerfectGail Abernathy-McKaddenAlso producer
2013Movie 43AmyAlso director of segment "Middleschool Date"
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireEffie TrinketNominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014Little AccidentsDiane Doyle
2014The Lego MovieWyldstyle/LucyVoice
2014Walk of ShameMeghan Miles
2014Love and MercyMelinda Ledbetter WilsonPost-Production
2014Every Secret ThingDetective Nancy PorterPost-production
2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Effie TrinketPost-production
2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Effie TrinketFilming
2015Pitch Perfect 2Gail Abernathy-McKaddenAlso director

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999All My ChildrenWaitressCameo role
1999Third WatchElaine ElchisakEpisode: "Patterns"
Credited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
2000Sex and the CityCatherineEpisode: "Politically Erect"
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJaina Tobias JansenEpisode: Sacrifice""
2002Without a TraceClarissaEpisode: "Snatch Back"
2005StellaTamaraEpisode: "Meeting Girls"
2006–07, 2009ScrubsDr. Kim BriggsRecurring role
2007–08Wainy DaysShelly3 episodes
2007–08American Dad!Becky Arangino
Lisa Silver
Voice
3 episodes
2008Comanche MoonMaggie TiltonTV miniseries
2009, 2013Modern FamilySal2 episodes
2010–1230 RockAvery Jessup15 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2011-2012)
2012Family GuyPam FishmanVoice
Episode: "Into Fat Air"
2012Robot ChickenMrs. Claus / Shana 'Scarlett' O'HaraVoice
Episode: "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1246): 24. Feb 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Vary, Adam B. (2008-10-20). "Elizabeth Banks Fall's First Lady Elizabeth Banks Movie Spotlight Movies Entertainment Weekly 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Irene Mitchell". familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jessica Willis (October 21, 2008). "From Pittsfield to the big screen". The Berkshire Eagle. 
  5. ^ James Mottram (2008-11-08). "Elizabeth Banks: from the top-shelf to First Lady in W.". The Times (London). Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  6. ^ "About Elizabeth Banks". yahoo movies. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Banks Was A Sexy-Flirty Latin Clubber". TeamCoco. September 24, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "How to Succeed in Business by Really, Really Trying". Penn Gazette. December 22, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Strauss, Bob (2008-10-27). "From first lady to Porno star actress: Elizabeth Banks dishes the dirt". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  10. ^ Sommer, Elyse. 2005, Curtain Up.
  11. ^ Borak, Jeffrey 2005. "Love blooms in a Kansas diner", Berkshire Eagle August 20, Art section.
  12. ^ Elizabeth Banks is Oliver Stone's Laura Bush "Elizabeth Banks is Oliver Stone's Laura Bush - ComingSoon.net". ComingSoon.net. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  13. ^ Elizabeth Banks to Head Out into the Dark Fields?
  14. ^ a b "Elizabeth Banks: The Uninvited". SuicideGirls.com. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  15. ^ Elizabeth Banks Entering Dark Fields?
  16. ^ Joyce Eng. "Elizabeth Banks to Guest-Star on 30 Rock". TVGuide.com. 
  17. ^ Modern Family. Season 4. Episode 17. 2/27/2013. ABC. http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/modern-family/episode-guide/episode-417-best-men. Retrieved 3/12/2013.
  18. ^ "Celebrity Wedding: Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman". In Style. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  19. ^ Tiger, Caroline 2010. "How to Succeed in Show Business by Really Really Trying". The Pennsylvania Gazette Jan.-Feb., Vol. 108, No. 3, pp. 46-50.
  20. ^ Michaud, Sarah (March 31, 2011). "Elizabeth Banks Names 'Miracle' Baby Felix". people.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ Charles, Marissa (2012-01-04). "'It was a womb issue for me': Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks opens up about using a surrogate mother to have her son Felix". Daily Mail (London). 
  22. ^ Banks, Elizabeth (November 14, 2012). "IT'S A BOY!". elizabethbanks.com. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Elizabeth Banks". Twitter. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  24. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006969/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  25. ^ Butnick, Stephanie (January 17, 2013). "Jewish Actress Elizabeth Banks Discusses Her Conversion With Marc Maron". Jewcy. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Episode 352 - Elizabeth Banks". WTF with Marc Maron. January 14, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  27. ^ Just a Little Heart Attack at the Internet Movie Database


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