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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Elizabeth Banks: biography and career

Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She had thoughts of becoming an athlete herself, until she broke her leg sliding into third base at a softball game. Looking for something else to do after school, she gave the school play a shot and fell in love with performing. Elizabeth 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 1996. 
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, Elizabeth eventually moved to Los Angeles and more roles soon came: in the films Surrender Dorothy, Shaft and her break-out role in Wet Hot American Summer. 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. In Scrubs Elizabeth played Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. (played by Zach Braff). Her character has appeared throughout season six, seven and eight as a recurring guest star. The late 2000s was definitely a point where Elizabeth became a household name. Not only did she get larger roles in films, but she began to get wide-spread exposure from the films "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Slither", "Definitely, Maybe", "Zack and Miri Make a Porno", "W.", "The Uninvited" and "Man on a Ledge". Elizabeth was cast as a love interest for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in the fourth season of the Emmy-winning sitcom 30 Rock. Continuing her success, Elizabeth Banks landed the role as beloved character Effie Trinket in the movie adaptation of the book The Hunger Games. In 2012, Elizabeth will also see the release of the films What to Expect When You’re Expecting (based on the popular parenting book), People Like Us and Movie 43 the directional debut of Elizabeth.


2013 Frank or Francis

2013 Comic movie

2012 People Like Us: Frankie

2012 What to Expect when you're Expecting: Wendy

2012 Hunger Games: Effie Trinket

2012 Man on a Ledge: Lydia Mercer

2011 Just a Little Heart Attack (short)

2010-2011 30 Rock (TV series): Avery Jessup
– Everything Sunny All the Time Always (2011)
– Double-Edged Sword (2011)
– ¡Qué Sorpresa! (2011)
– Christmas Attack Zone (2010)
– Gentleman's Intermission (2010)
See all 13 episodes »

2011 Our Idiot Brother: Miranda Rochlin

2011 The Details: Nealy Lang

2010 The Next Three Days: Lara Brennan

2009 Modern Family (TV series): Sal
– Great Expectations (2009)

2006-2009 Scrubs (TV series): Dr. Kim Briggs
– My Chief Concern (2009)
– My Cuz (2009)
– My Hard Labor (2007)
– My Own Worst Enemy (2007)
– My Point of No Return (2007)
See all 15 episodes »

2009 The Uninvited: Rachel

2009 Big Breaks (short): Starlet

2007-2008 American Dad! (TV series): Lisa Silver / Becky Arangino
– Escape from Pearl Bailey (2008)
– 1600 Candles (2008)
– The Vacation Goo (2007)

2008 Role Models: Beth

2008 W.: Laura Bush

2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno: Miri

2008 Lovely, Still: Alex

2007-2008 Wainy Days (TV series short): Shelly
– Shelly II (2008)
– The Date (2007)
– Shelly (2007)

2008 Meet Dave: Gina Morrison

2008 Definitely, Maybe: Emily

2008 Comanche Moon (TV mini-series): Maggie
– Episode #1.3 (2008)
– Episode #1.2 (2008)
– Episode #1.1 (2008)

2007 Fred Claus: Charlene

2007 Bill: Jess

2007 Spider-Man 3: Miss Brant

2006 Invincible: Janet Cantrell

2006 Slither: Starla Grant

2005 Daltry Calhoun: May

2005 The 40 Year Old Virgin: Beth

2005 Stella (TV series): Tamara
– Meeting Girls (2005)

2005 The Baxter: Caroline Swann

2005 The Sisters: Nancy Pecket

2005 Sexual Life: Sarah

2005 Heights: Isabel

2004 Spider-Man 2: Miss Brant

2003 Seabiscuit: Marcela Howard

2003 The Trade: Sioux Sever

2002 Stella Shorts 1998-2002 (video): Woman at Yoga Class

2002 Catch me if you can: Lucy

2002 Without a Trace (TV series): Clarissa
– Snatch Back (2002)

2002 Swept Away: Debi

2002 Spider-Man: Betty Brant

2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series): Jaina Jansen
– Sacrifice (2001)

2001 Ordinary Sinner: Rachel

2001 Wet Hot American Summer: Lindsay

2000 Shaft: Trey's Friend

2000 Sex and the City (TV series): Catherine
– Politically Erect (2000)

1999 Third Watch (TV series): Elaine Elchisak
– Patterns (1999)

1998 Surrender Dorothy: Vicki