Banks in 2014
Elizabeth Irene Mitchell
February 10, 1974
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Education|| University of Pennsylvania (BA)|
American Conservatory Theater (MFA)
|Occupation||Actress, director, producer|
Max Handelman (m. 2003)
Elizabeth Irene Banks (née Mitchell;born February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, and producer. She is known for her starring role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015) and as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017). She made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), whose $69 million opening-weekend gross set a record for a first-time director.
The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. Distributed by Lionsgate and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, it stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, and Donald Sutherland as President Snow. Gary Ross directed the first film, while Francis Lawrence directed the next three films.
Pitch Perfect is an American musical comedy film series created by Kay Cannon, loosely based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin. Jason Moore directed the first film, and Elizabeth Banks directed the second and Trish Sie directed the third. Paul Brooks, Max Handelman, and Banks produced the films. It features an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, John Michael Higgins, and Banks. The series is distributed by Universal Pictures.
Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American musical comedy film directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon. It is a sequel to the 2012 film Pitch Perfect and the second installment in the Pitch Perfect film series. The film centers on the fictional Barden University Bellas, an all-female a cappella singing group, who try to beat out the German national team in a world singing championship. The film features an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, and Shelley Regner, as well as Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Adam DeVine, John Michael Higgins, and Banks all reprising their roles. It was released in the United States on May 15, 2015 by Universal Pictures.
Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). She starred in the films Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Slither (2006), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Role Models (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Man on a Ledge (2012), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Love & Mercy (2014), Magic Mike XXL (2015), and Power Rangers (2017).
Surrender Dorothy is an independent film by director Kevin DiNovis which won first place at the 1998 Slamdance Film Festival. The film stars Peter Pryor, Kevin DiNovis, and is the first film role for Elizabeth Banks, who appears in the credits as "Elizabeth Casey."
Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 American satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by Wain and Michael Showalter. The film features an ensemble cast, including Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Zak Orth, and A. D. Miles. The film takes place during the last full day at a fictional summer camp in 1981, and spoofs the sex comedies aimed at teen audiences of that era.
Samuel M. Raimi is an American filmmaker, actor, and producer who created the cult horror Evil Dead series, and directed the original Spider-Man trilogy (2002–07), the 1990 superhero film Darkman, and the 2013 Disney fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful.
On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock , which garnered her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She also had recurring roles on the comedy series Scrubs and Modern Family , the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Banks starred in the Netflix miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017).
A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who often and frequently appears from time to time during the series' run. Recurring characters often play major roles in more than one episode, sometimes being the main focus.
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.
30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom created by Tina Fey that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013. The series, based on Fey's experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live, takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show depicted as airing on NBC. The series's name refers to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the address of the Comcast Building, where the NBC Studios are located and where Saturday Night Live is written, produced, and performed. This series is produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc., in association with NBCUniversal.
As of July 2018 [update] , Box Office Mojo ranked Banks as the 30th-highest-grossing actor of all time, and the ninth-highest-grossing female actor.
Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic, algorithmic way. The site was founded in 1999, and was bought in 2008 by IMDb, which itself is owned by Amazon. The website is widely used within the film industry as a source of data.
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.Her father, a Vietnam veteran, was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother worked in a bank. She has said that she grew up "Irish + WASP + Catholic."
Pittsfield is the largest city and the historic county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the fourth largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee.
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, with U.S. involvement ending in 1973. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war from some US perspectives. It lasted some 19 years and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, resulting in all three countries becoming communist states in 1975. The outcome of the war humiliated the United States and diminished its reputation in the world.
A veteran is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field. A military veteran is a person who has served and is no longer serving in the armed forces. Those veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans. A combat veteran is a person who has fought in combat during a war or a skirmish against a declared enemy and may still be serving in the military.
Growing up, Banks played baseball and rode horses. She was in Little League when she broke her leg sliding into third base. She then tried out for the school play, which was her start in acting.She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992, and is a member of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was elected to the Friars Senior Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts. In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California, where she earned an MFA degree.
Little League Baseball and Softball is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States, that organizes local youth baseball and softball leagues throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in succession to score a run. In the scoring system used to record defensive plays, the third baseman is assigned the number '5'.
Pittsfield High School is a four year comprehensive public high school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The school dates its founding to 1844. It is administered by the Pittsfield Public Schools district and is the oldest of the district's two high schools. Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year included 916 students. 51% of the student population was female and 49% were male. Students of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic ethnicity and heritage comprised 21.8% percent of the student population.
Banks changed her name to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell.After auditioning in New York, she was offered a role on the soap opera Santa Barbara . Taking the role would have required her to quit her education at the American Conservatory Theatre, and Banks ultimately decided to forgo the offer due to having taken out student loans to complete her degree. She made her acting debut in the 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy , as Elizabeth Casey, and appeared in various films over the next seven years including Guy Ritchie's Swept Away 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.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 ..." 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.That same year, she landed the starring role in the comedy-horror film Slither .
In 2007, Banks played the female lead in the comedy film Meet Bill , alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba.That same year, she had a small role in the Christmas comedy film Fred Claus , co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti as Santa's little helper, Charlyne. In 2008, she played the ex-wife and mother of the daughter of Ryan Reynolds lead 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.
In 2009, Banks appeared in the horror film The Uninvited , a remake of the South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters .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 . "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".
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 ).She is also a frequent co-star of actor Tobey Maguire, the two having also appeared in five films together ( Spider-Man , Seabiscuit , Spider-Man 2 , Spider-Man 3 , and The Details ).
Banks was cast as a love interest for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in the fourth season of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom 30 Rock .Intended to appear in four episodes in 2010, Banks went on to become a recurring character with 13 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.
In 2012, Banks also starred in the film What to Expect When You're Expecting alongside Jennifer Lopez. Also that year, she appeared in Man on a Ledge , as police negotiator Lydia Mercer. She starred in the film The Hunger Games (2012), playing Effie Trinket, a woman from "The Capitol" who escorts the District 12 tributes to the annual Hunger Games. She reprised the role in the sequel films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015).Banks co-starred in the 2014 movie Every Secret Thing , playing Detective Nancy Porter investigating the disappearance of a young child with similarities to a case she had previously been involved with.
In 2014, Banks was recognized by Elle Magazine during The Women in Hollywood Awards, honoring women for their outstanding achievements in film, spanning all aspects of the motion picture industry, including acting, directing, and producing.
Banks portrayed Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, the wife of Brian Wilson, in the 2015 biopic Love & Mercy , which is based on the life of the legendary musician and founding member of The Beach Boys, as portrayed by John Cusack.After producing and appearing, as Gail, in the first Pitch Perfect film, Banks directed its sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), making her feature directorial debut. She also co-produced, and again played Gail in, both Pitch Perfect 2 and the next sequel Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).
In 2015, she was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The festival is chaired by Alfonso Cuarón.Also in 2015, Banks became a spokeswoman for Realtor.com in their series of television commercials. As of mid-February 2016, Banks became the commercial face of Old Navy. She also played space alien Rita Repulsa in the 2017 Power Rangers reboot film.
In 2018, Banks co-starred as Jenny in the comedy film The Happytime Murders , alongside Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.In 2019, she will reprise her starring role as Lucy / Wyldstyle in the comedy film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part . Banks will also direct, produce, and star as Bosley in the reboot film Charlie's Angels .
Banks met her husband, Max Handelman, a sportswriter and producer from Portland, Oregon,on her first day of college on September 6, 1992. They were married in 2003. The couple have two sons. She and her husband had their first child born through a surrogate in March 2011. In November 2012, Banks announced the birth of another son also by a surrogate.
Banks went through parts 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," but that she has "been essentially a Jew for like 15 years," adding "Frankly, because I'm already doing everything [practicing religious rituals], I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be."
Banks was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaignand was involved in a rendition of Rachel Platten's single "Fight Song" with other celebrities at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
|1998||Surrender Dorothy||Vicki||Credited as Elizabeth Casey|
|2000||Shaft||Trey's friend||Credited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell|
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||Lindsay|
|Catch Me If You Can||Lucy Forrest|
|2003||The Trade||Sioux Sever|
|2004||Spider-Man 2||Betty Brant|
|The Sisters||Nancy Pecket|
|The Baxter||Caroline Swann|
|The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Beth|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Betty Brant|
|2008||Definitely, Maybe||Emily Jones|
|Meet Dave||Gina Morrison|
|Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Miriam "Miri" Linky|
|Role Models||Beth Jones|
|2009||Big Breaks||Starlet||Short film|
|The Uninvited||Rachel Summers|
|2010||The Next Three Days||Lara Brennan|
|2011||The Details||Nealy Lang|
|Just a Little Heart Attack||Woman||Short film|
|Our Idiot Brother||Miranda Rochlin|
|2012||Man on a Ledge||Lydia Mercer|
|The Hunger Games||Effie Trinket|
|What to Expect When You're Expecting||Wendy Cooper|
|People Like Us||Frankie Davis|
|Pitch Perfect||Gail Abernathy-McKadden||Also producer|
|2013||Movie 43||Amy||Segment: "Beezel"|
Directed segment: "Middleschool Date"
|The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Effie Trinket|
|2014||Little Accidents||Diane Doyle|
|The Lego Movie||Lucy / Wyldstyle||Voice role|
|Walk of Shame||Meghan Miles|
|Every Secret Thing||Detective Nancy Porter|
|Love & Mercy||Melinda Ledbetter|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Effie Trinket|
|2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger||Also director and producer|
|Magic Mike XXL||Paris|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Effie Trinket|
|2017||The Most Hated Woman in America||N/A||Producer|
|Power Rangers||Rita Repulsa|
|Pitch Perfect 3||Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger||Also producer|
|2018||The Happytime Murders||Jenny|
|2019||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Lucy / Wyldstyle||Voice role|
|Charlie's Angels||Bosley||Post-production; also director, producer and co-writer|
|TBA||Queen for a Day||Pre-production; also producer|
|1998||Keep Going Safety||Ben's Mom||Voice role|
|1999||All My Children||Rosalie||1 episode|
|Third Watch||Elaine Elchisak||Episode: "Patterns"|
Credited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
|2000||Sex and the City||Catherine||Episode: "Politically Erect"|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jaina Tobias Jansen||Episode: "Sacrifice"|
|2002||Without a Trace||Clarissa||Episode: "Snatch Back"|
|2005||Stella||Tamara||Episode: "Meeting Girls"|
|2006–2009||Scrubs||Dr. Kim Briggs||17 episodes|
|2007–2008||Wainy Days||Shelly||3 episodes|
|American Dad!||Becky Arangino / Lisa Silver (voices)||3 episodes|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Maggie Tilton||3 episodes|
|Modern Family||Sal||6 episodes|
|2010–2012||30 Rock||Avery Jessup||15 episodes|
|2012||Family Guy||Pam Fishman (voice)||Episode: "Into Fat Air"|
|Robot Chicken||Mrs. Claus / Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara (voices)||Episode: "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special"|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Elizabeth Banks Wears A Red Dress"|
|2013||Timms Valley||Beth Billings-Timms (voice)||Pilot|
|2014||Phineas and Ferb||Grulinda (voice)||Episode: "Imperfect Storm"|
|2015||Resident Advisors||Doctor||Episode: "Motivational Speaker "; also producer|
|Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Lindsay||6 episodes|
|Moonbeam City||Chief Pizzaz Miller (voice)||10 episodes|
|The Muppets||Herself||Episode: "Pig Girls Don't Cry"|
|Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Elizabeth Banks / Disclosure"|
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Lindsay||5 episodes|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Herself||Episode: "A Disturbance in the Kitchen"|
|2018||"Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions)||Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B||Herself|
|"Crushin' It"||The Slay Team||Mogul Mama|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Lucy / Wyldstyle|
|2003||Seabiscuit||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2006||Invincible||MTV Movie Awards||Best Kiss||Nominated|
|Slither||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Relationship from Hell||Nominated|
|2008||W.||Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2009||N/A||Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards||Face of the Future Award||Won|
|The Uninvited||Fright Meter Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2011||30 Rock||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest actress||Nominated|
|2012||The Hunger Games||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Transformation||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer||Nominated|
|30 Rock||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2013||Movie 43||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Director||Won|
|N/A||CinemaCon||Excellence in Acting||Won|
|The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Transformation||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Modern Family||Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actress||Nominated|
|2014||The Lego Movie||BTVA Awards||Best Female Lead Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Ensemble||Nominated|
|BTVA People's Choice Awards||Best Female Lead Vocal Performance||Won|
|Best Vocal Ensemble||Won|
|Love & Mercy||Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Austin Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Indiana Film Journalists Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Denver Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2015||N/A||CinemaCon||Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year||Won|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Transformation||Won|
|Modern Family||Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actress||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Pitch Perfect 2||Golden Raspberry Awards||The Razzie Redeemer Award||Nominated|
|2016||Lego Dimensions||BTVA Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Won|
|BTVA People's Choice Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Won|
|2017||Power Rangers||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Villain||Nominated|
Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, producer, director, author, model and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Barrymore family of actors, and the granddaughter of John Barrymore. She achieved fame as a child actress with her role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA nomination.
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