Elizabeth Banks gained fame thanks to her Broadway performances in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Invincible,” “Spiderman,” and “The Hunger Games.” Elizabeth Banks began her acting career as a television performer.
Her performance in the humorous horror movie “The Slither” won her many male followers. She was a tomboy when she was little and enjoyed riding horses.
Elizabeth Banks’s Date of Birth and Parents
Mark Mitchell and Ann Mitchell gave birth to Elizabeth Irene Mitchell on February 10, 1974, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the United States. Her mother was a bank manager, while her father, Mark, was employed by “General Electric.”
Elizabeth Banks’s Education
She attended “Pittsfield High School” for her education, and while there, she competed in a variety of sports. After breaking her leg playing softball, she decided to pursue acting.
She began performing in her school productions and was enthusiastic about her new hobby. 1992 saw her graduate from high school and enroll in the “University of Pennsylvania.” She earned her degree in 1996 with a communications major.
She received her theatrical training at the “American Conservatory Theater.” She received praise for her outstanding theatrical performances in plays like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hurly Burly.” She graduated with her MFA in 1998.
Elizabeth Banks’s Career
She relocated to New York to pursue a career in acting and was cast in small parts in both TV and movies. She made her acting debut in the 1998 drug addiction film “Surrender Dorothy.”
Her performance in “Surrender Dorothy” opened additional television possibilities for her. She appeared in Gotham-based TV shows including “Sex and the City” and “Third Watch.”
In order to pursue more acting possibilities, she relocated to Los Angeles. She changed her last name to “Banks” to prevent confusion since there was already an actor by that name.
She had a significant breakthrough in 2002 when she starred in “Spiderman” by Sam Raimi. Her character, “Betty Brant,” was created to fit her abilities as the secretary to a newspaper billionaire.
As a result of her performances in films like “Swept Away” and “Catch Me If You Can,” her career graph continued to go upward. She rose to fame because of her part in “Catch Me If You Can.”
She was nominated for a “Screen Actors Guild Award” in 2003 for her performance as “Marcela Howard,” the young wife of the racehorse owner.
She returned to the character of “Betty Brant” in “Spider-Man 2” in 2004. She performed at her finest in the comedy smash “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” the following year.
She landed her first significant part in the humorous horror movie “Slither” in 2006. She displayed her acting range in the movie as “Starla Grant,” the wife of a character who had been kidnapped by an alien planet.
She was given leading parts in movies including “Definitely, Maybe,” “Meet Dave,” “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” and “Lovely, Still” in 2008.
She was cast in a significant part in “W” as First Lady Laura Bush. The Oliver Stone-directed movie was based on George W. Bush’s life.
She appeared in the fourth season of the television comedy “30 Rock” in 2010. She received two nominations over the next two years for her performance as the conservative television journalist “Avery Jessup.”
The Hunger Games, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Man on a Ledge were some of the notable movies she appeared on 2012. Her fame was boosted by her supporting part in “The Hunger Games.”
She became well-known all around the globe for playing Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games.” She again played the same character in the 2013 sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
She and her sportswriter and producer husband Max Handelman jointly operate the production business “Brownstone.” Through their firm, the duo has produced movies including “Surrogates” and “Pitch Perfect.”
She appeared in many films between 2014 and 2019, including “Walk of Shame,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” “The Happytime Murders,” and “Brightburn.”
In the meanwhile, she began steering the ship of the action comedy film “Charlie’s Angels” 2018.