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Elizabeth Banks

Birth Name: 
Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
Birthday: 
Sunday, February 10, 1974
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Birth Place: 
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 
5' 5"

Actress 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 describes herself as having been seen as a "goody two-shoes" in her youth who was nominated to be 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, from which she graduated in 1998. She then moved to New York and worked in the theater as well as obtaining her first roles on-screen, small parts in movies and guest-star roles on television series. Seeking more screen work, Banks moved to Los Angeles and the supporting roles soon came, and required that she change her name to avoid confusion with another actress named Elizabeth Mitchell who had already established herself. Her first signal success came in her delightful, brief performance in Spider-Man (2002), for which she is best known despite subsequent leading roles, as "Betty Brant", the secretary of the cantankerous newspaper tycoon. (Banks has reprised the role in the Spider-Man series.)

Banks followed up her performance in Spider-Man with small roles in other movies released that year, Swept Away (2002) and Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002), in which she plays a bank clerk who assists the young Frank Abagnale with vital information about bank checking policies. More recognition came with Seabiscuit (2003), in which Banks charmed audiences playing the wife of Seabiscuit's owner "Charles Howard", and Banks was able to broker these successes into leading roles, in Michael Showalter's The Baxter (2005) and James Gunn's Slither (2006).

The winsome, beautiful Banks projects an exceptionally-charming screen presence that has drawn comparisons to Audrey Hepburn. Though her off-screen vocabulary is at times sprinkled with Valley-speak, her performances demonstrate solid acting skill and a keen intelligence. Banks and her boyfriend since college days, Max Handelman, married in 2003.

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Elizabeth Banks Directing Pitch Perfect 2

After helping to nurture the first film as a producer, Pitch Perfect’s Elizabeth Banks is going one step further with the sequel. In addition to keeping her production credit and once more stepping in front of the camera in a supporting role, she’ll also be directing Pitch Perfect 2.... Read more
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Will Ferrell On For Lego Pic

The cast of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s big CG Lego cartoon The Piece Of Resistance continues to swell with big, exciting and, for the most part, funny names.... Read more
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Elizabeth Banks Eyeing Role in 'The Hunger Games' Movie

Elizabeth Banks is in talks to join the growing cast of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular book series. Gary Ross is directing the movie, being produced by Color Force.... Read more
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Elizabeth Banks negotiating to star in Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome to People'

Elizabeth Banks is negotiating to take on the female lead in Welcome to People, the Dreamworks drama written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert. Kurtzman will also direct the film, which has Chris Pine attached to star as well.... Read more
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Elizabeth Banks On For Tink

Elizabeth Banks, then: funny. Hot. Good actress. Tinkerbell: fairy. Fictional. Flighty. Combine the two, and what do you get? Disney will be hoping it’ll mean a big, successful live action rom-com that extends the Tinkerbell “brand” outside the kiddie arena. Oh, and, er a good film.... Read more
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Reviews

The Hunger Games (BLU-RAY)

North America is not what it used to be, where once many thrived, now there is the rich and powerful that rule in the Capitol of the Nation of Panem and the poor and starving that live in the 12 districts.... Read more
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What To Expect When You're Expecting

Babies. Adorable enough, right? Their puffy cheeks, mesmerizing smile and sheer embodiment of innocence and joy. Babies are simply the greatest gift anyone could ask for. So why is Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) losing her mind and channeling insanity while carrying child?... Read more
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The Hunger Games

I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games. I read the books just before the release of the final novel in the series was released in 2010 and ever since, I have been waiting for this day.... Read more
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Man On A Ledge

Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is a man ready to die. It's important you know that. After escaping from Sing Sing Prison on a major robbery scandal, Nick has found himself with little to live for.... Read more
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The Next Three Days

 In the past 4 years, we've been introduced to such films as Gran Torino, Taken,Edge of Darkness and Harry Brown. All of these focus around a similar theme: Old men fighting for what they've lost. For Clint Eastwood, it was his precious gran torino.... Read more
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (The Mockingjay Lives Trailer)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (The Mockingjay Lives Trailer)

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever.... Read more
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (5 Days Countdown)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (5 Days Countdown)

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever.... Read more
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