Elizabeth Banks

BirthDay:

10 Feb 1974

BirthPlace:

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

BirthName:

Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell

Bio:

Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She is the daughter of Ann (Wallace), who worked in a bank, and Mark P. Mitchell, a factory worker. Elizabeth describes herself as having been seen as a "goody two-shoes" in her youth who was nominated for the local Harvest Queen.

Banks left home to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania--from which she graduated Magna cum Laude--and went on to attend the Advanced Training Program at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, graduating in 1996. She then moved to New York and worked in the theater, and began getting small roles in films and on television. Seeking more screen work, she moved to Los Angeles and was soon cast in supporting roles. She also had to change her last name, to Banks, in order to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell.

Her breakthrough role was as Betty Brant, the secretary of the cantankerous newspaper tycoon in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002). She followed up this performance with small roles in other movies: Swept Away (2002), Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002), Seabiscuit (2003) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). In 2003 she won the Exciting New Face Award at the Young Hollywood Awards.

The winsome, beautiful Banks projected an exceptionally charming screen presence that drew comparisons to Audrey Hepburn, and Hollywood eventually began to take notice, Banks being cast in the lead in such films as Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) and in Oliver Stone's biopic of George W. Bush, W. (2008), as Laura Bush.

In television Banks was a recurring guest star on Scrubs (2001) as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of Zach Braff's J.D. In 2010 she was cast as Alec Baldwin's love interest in season four of 30 Rock (2006). Originally scheduled to appear in only four episodes, she was brought back as a recurring character for two more seasons, and earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for two consecutive years.

Banks has more recently appeared in such films as Our Idiot Brother (2011), Man on a Ledge (2012), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), People Like Us (2012), and Pitch Perfect (2012). She also won the coveted role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

Banks married Max Handelman, a sports writer and producer, in 2003. They have two sons, Felix, who was born in March 2011, and Magnus, born in Nov. 2012, both by gestational surrogacy.
Filmography

Actor ( 115 credits )

Ocean's Eight (2018) (rumored)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Gail
Power Rangers (2017) Rita Repulsa
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Effie Trinket
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Gail
Moonbeam City (2015)  Pizzaz Miller (voice)
The Muppets. (2015)  Elizabeth Banks (2 episodes, 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Resident Advisors (2015)  Doctor (1 episode, 2015)
IMDb Asks (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Love & Mercy (2014) Melinda Ledbetter
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Effie Trinket
Walk of Shame (2014) Meghan
Every Secret Thing (2014) Detective Nancy Porter
The Lego Movie (2014) Wyldstyle / Lucy (voice)
Little Accidents (2014) Diane Doyle
Bystander Revolution (2014)  Herself (4 episodes, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself (2 episodes, 2015)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Effie Trinket
Movie 43 (2013) Amy (segment "Beezel")
The Frame (2013)  Effie Trinket (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Ask a Badass with Elizabeth Banks (2013)  Herself (5 episodes, 2013-2014)
Love, Marilyn (2012) Herself
Pitch Perfect (2012) Gail
People Like Us (2012) Frankie
What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) Wendy
The Hunger Games (2012) Effie Trinket
Man on a Ledge (2012) Lydia Mercer
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Reggie Makes Music (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Unscripted (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Larry King Now (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Just a Little Heart Attack (2011) Woman
Our Idiot Brother (2011) Miranda
The Details (2011) Nealy Lang
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
The Next Three Days (2010) Lara Brennan
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010) Beth (archive footage)
Conan (2010)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Film Fiend (2010)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
The Talk (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Big Breaks (2009) Starlet
The Uninvited (2009) Rachel
Modern Family (2009)  Sal (4 episodes, 2009-2014)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Lovely, Still (2008) Alex Malone
Role Models (2008) Beth
W. (2008) Laura Bush
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Miri
Meet Dave (2008) Gina Morrison
Definitely, Maybe (2008) Emily
Meet Bill (2007) Jess
Fred Claus (2007) Charlene
Spider-Man 3 (2007) Miss Brant
Phineas and Ferb (2007)  Grulinda (1 episode, 2014)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Xposé (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Wainy Days (2007)  Shelly (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (6 episodes, 2008-2012)
Invincible (2006) Janet Cantrell
Slither (2006) Starla Grant
30 Rock (2006)  Avery Jessup (15 episodes, 2010-2012)
CollegeHumor Originals (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Daltry Calhoun (2005) May
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) Beth
The Baxter (2005) Caroline Swann
The Sisters (2005) Nancy Pecket
Heights (2005) Isabel
American Dad! (2005)  Lisa Silver / ... (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2005-2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (4 episodes, 2012-2014)
Stella (2005)  Tamara (1 episode, 2005)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Mrs. Claus / ... (1 episode, 2012)
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Miss Brant
Sexual Life (2004) Sarah
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Seabiscuit (2003) Marcela Howard
The Trade (2003) Sioux Sever
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2013)
Catch Me If You Can (2002) Lucy
Swept Away (2002) Debi
Spider-Man (2002) Betty Brant
Without a Trace (2002)  Clarissa (1 episode, 2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Ordinary Sinner (2001) Rachel
Wet Hot American Summer (2001) Lindsay
Scrubs (2001)  Dr. Kim Briggs (15 episodes, 2006-2009)
The Movie Loft (2001)  Herself (2 episodes, 2009)
Shaft (2000) Trey's Friend (as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell)
Uninvited (1999) Lady Reporter (as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell)
Family Guy (1999)  Pam Fishman (1 episode, 2012)
Third Watch (1999)  Elaine Elchisak (1 episode, 1999)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Jaina Jansen (1 episode, 2001)
Surrender Dorothy (1998) Vicki (as Elizabeth Casey)
Sex and the City (1998)  Catherine (1 episode, 2000)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Extra (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2012)
E! News (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (2 episodes, 2010-2014)
All My Children (1970)  Waitress (1 episode, 1999)
Today (1952)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
The Big Shoe (0) Mary Kay
Rita Hayworth with a Hand Grenade (0)

Producer ( 9 credits )

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) producer
The Most Hated Woman in America (2017) producer
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) producer
Resident Advisors (2015) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Pitch Perfect (2012) producer
Surrogates (2009) executive producer
Charlie's Angels (0) producer
Paige One (0) executive producer
White Girl Problems (0) producer

Director ( 6 credits )

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Movie 43 (2013) (segment "Middleschool Date")
Just a Little Heart Attack (2011)
AIDS: We Did It! (2010)
Charlie's Angels (0)

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