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  • Elizabeth Banks Biography

    Born: October 02, 1974 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

    Elizabeth Banks has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and versatile actresses, moving effortlessly between comedy and drama, film and television, and now also taking on a role as a producer.  She co-stars opposite Tobey Maguire in the upcoming dark comedy THE DETAILS.  She was most recently seen starring opposite Russell Crowe in THE NEXT THREE DAYS, directed by Paul Haggis.

    Banks recently signed on to play the key role of Effie Trinket in THE HUNGER GAMES, based on the first novel of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy set in a post-apocalyptic America.  The film began production in May 2011 and is scheduled for release on March 23, 2012. She recently wrapped production on WELCOME TO PEOPLE, starring opposite Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer; it is scheduled to be released in 2012. She also stars in MAN ON A LEDGE with Sam Worthington, which will be released on January 13, 2012.

    In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her performance as First Lady Laura Bush opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone’s W. The impressive cast included James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey Wright. That same year, she also starred in Kevin Smith’s ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO,  opposite Seth Rogan; in ROLE MODELS, opposite Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott; and in MEET DAVE, opposite Eddie Murphy. In 2007, Banks was seen reprising her role as journalist Betty Brant in SPIDERMAN 3. Banks appeared in both of the previous SPIDERMAN blockbusters in the role, which director Sam Raimi created for her.  In 2006, Banks starred in INVINCIBLE, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear.  In 2005, she made a memorable turn in THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN as a sex-crazed book store employee.

    Banks’ additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in SEABISCUIT, opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steven Spielberg’s CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. She has also appeared in FRED CLAUS; SISTERS; SLITHER; HEIGHTS; THE BAXTER; THE TRADE; ORDINARY SINNER; THE UNINVITED;  DALTRY CALHOUN;  SEXUAL LIFE; John Singleton’s SHAFT with Samuel L. Jackson; and WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER,  starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. Her extensive theater  credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Summer & Smoke,” directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006, Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge’s “Bus Stop,” as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

    On the small screen, Banks can also currently be seen in a recurring role as Avery Jessup, Alec Baldwin’s love interest, on the NBC series “30 Rock.” She has also appeared on ABC’s “Modern Family” and in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Porter on NBC’s “Scrubs.” In 2007 she appeared in the CBS mini-series COMANCHE MOON, Larry McMurtry’s popular prequel to LONESOME DOVE.

    Banks produced Disney’s 2009 sci-fi thriller THE SURROGATES, starring Bruce Willis, through her company Brownstone Productions.  Upcoming projects for Brownstone, which Banks runs with her husband Max Handelman, include TINK, a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as the title character, Tinkerbell; FOREVER 21, a comedy for Dreamworks which Banks will star in and produce; and two films for Universal, TOO FAR FROM HOME and PITCH PERFECT

    Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater.  She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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