Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell (born February 10, 1974), known professionally as Elizabeth Banks, is an American actress. Banks had her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy. Since then, she is best known for her roles in the films Definitely, Maybe, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, W., Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer, The Uninvited and the Spider-Man franchise.
On television, Banks currently stars in the recurring role of Avery Jessup on the sitcom 30 Rock, which gained her a nomination for an Emmy Award. Previously, Banks had starred in the recurring role of Dr. Kim Briggs on Scrubs from 2006 to 2009.

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Early life and education

Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the eldest of four children of Ann and Mark Mitchell.[2] As a girl, she loved playing baseball and riding horses. She played little league until she broke her leg sliding into third at a game. Looking for something else, she tried the school play. After that, acting became her very passion.
Her father was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother worked in a bank.[3] As a young child, she was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game show Finders Keepers. She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992 and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Banks graduated magna cum laude in 1996. In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater and earned an MFA.

Banks changed her name to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell.[4] She debuted in the independent film Surrender Dorothy, as Elizabeth Casey, and quickly gained widespread exposure through the 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, blond, aspiring nightclub singer.[5] 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...."[6] In 2005, she appeared on the show Stella, and in May 2006, she had a role in the season five finale of the NBC comedy Scrubs as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. (Zach Braff). The character has 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. The film is based on the true story of bartender Vince Papale. Later, she and co-star Wahlberg were nominated for the "Best Kiss" award at the MTV Movie Award. Also that year, she landed the starring role in the comedy-horror Slither. Despite mildly positive reviews from critics, it grossed only $12 million worldwide, less than half the budget of the film.

Banks at the 2007 Spider-Man 3 premiere.
In 2007, she played the female lead in the comedy Meet Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. Also that year, Banks had a small role in the Christmas comedy film Fred Claus, co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In 2008, she played a love interest in the comedy 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.[7]
In 2009, Banks appeared in the thriller The Uninvited, a remake of the Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters.[8] 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".[9] "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".[9]
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).[10] "There was a David O. Russell movie that I really wanted to make with Vince Vaughn that ended up falling apart",[9] said Banks, referring to the film H-Man Cometh, in a January 2009 interview.
On December 8, 2009, it was announced that Banks would appear in at least four episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom 30 Rock as a love interest for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin).[11] She went on to appear in nine episodes of the fourth season. Banks is set to star alongside Leslie Mann in What Was I Thinking?, based upon the book by Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman.[12]
[edit]Personal life

On July 5, 2003, Banks married sportswriter and producer Max Handelman,[13] who had been her boyfriend since she met him on her first day at college, September 6, 1992.[14] She converted to Judaism upon marrying him.[15][16] She and her husband welcomed their first child, a boy named Felix, via gestational host in March 2011.[17]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Surrender Dorothy Vicki Credited as Elizabeth Casey
2000 Shaft Trey's friend Credited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Lindsay
2001 Ordinary Sinner Rachel
2002 Spider-Man Betty Brant
2002 Swept Away Debi
2002 Catch Me If You Can Lucy Forrest
2002 Stella Shorts 1998-2002 Woman at yoga class Short films; direct-to-DVD release
2003 The Trade Sioux Sever
2003 Seabiscuit Marcela Howard Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Spider-Man 2 Betty Brant
2005 Heights Isabel
2005 Sexual Life Sarah
2005 The Sisters Nancy Pecket
2005 The Baxter Caroline Swann
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Beth
2005 Daltry Calhoun May
2006 Slither Starla Grant
2006 Invincible Janet Cantrell Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Mark Wahlberg)
2007 Spider-Man 3 Betty Brant
2007 Meet Bill Jess
2007 Fred Claus Charlene
2008 Definitely, Maybe Emily Jones
2008 Meet Dave Gina Morrison
2008 Lovely, Still Alex
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Miriam "Miri" Linky
2008 W. Laura Bush Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 Role Models Beth Jones
2009 Big Breaks Starlet Short film
2009 The Uninvited Rachel Summers
2009 Surrogates Executive producer
2010 The Details Nealy Lang
2010 The Next Three Days Laura Brennant
2011 Our Idiot Brother Miranda Post-production
2012 The Hunger Games Effie Trinket Filming
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Trish Filming
2012 Movie 43 Also director
2012 Man on a Ledge Lydia Anderson Post-production
2012 Welcome to People Frankie Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Third Watch Elaine Elchisak 1 episode: "Patterns"
Credited as Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell
2000 Sex and the City Catherine 1 episode: "Politically Erect"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jaina Tobias Jansen 1 episode: "Sacrifice"
2002 Without a Trace Clarissa 1 episode: "Snatch Back"
2005 Stella Tamara 1 episode: "Meeting Girls"
2006–2007, 2009 Scrubs Dr. Kim Briggs Recurring role
2007–2008 Wainy Days Shelly 3 episodes: "Shelly", "The Date", "Shelly 2"
2007–2008 American Dad! Becky Arangino
Lisa Silver 3 episodes: "The Vacation Goo", "1600 Candles", "Escape from Pearl Bailey"
2008 Comanche Moon Maggie Tilton TV mini-series
2009 Modern Family Sal 1 episode: "Great Expectations"
2010–present 30 Rock Avery Jessup Recurring role
Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Reference from Wikipedia.com

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