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Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Possessing the kind of elegant screen beauty that often draws comparisons to a Breakfast at Tiffany's-era Audrey Hepburn, actress Elizabeth Banks' onscreen career has been steadily rising since the up-and-coming actress won the Young Hollywood Award for "Exciting New Face" back in 2003. With roles in such notable Hollywood hits as the Spider-Man films and Seabiscuit, Banks has not only had the pleasure of sharing the screen with hot-property actor Tobey Maguire multiple times, but has also been nominated -- alongside Maguire, Jeff Bridges, William H. Macy, and Gary Stevens -- for an "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" award by the Screen Actors Guild for her performance in the latter. The Pittsfield, MA, native got her first taste of fame when nominated Harvest Queen in her hometown's annual fall celebration, and in the years that followed, Banks would receive her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and go on to pursue her graduate degree at the American Conservatory Theater. In 1998, Banks made her feature debut in the controversial addiction drama Surrender Dorothy, with subsequent small-screen roles in Third Watch and Sex and the City only serving to contribute to her rapidly growing profile in film and television. Of course, a move from New York to Los Angeles also may have had something to due with her landing more film roles, and though she would appear under her real name, Elizabeth Mitchell, in the 2000 action thriller Shaft, she soon had to change her name to avoid conflict with another actress who had already established a career under that surname. Undaunted, Banks forged on with roles in the cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer and the romantic drama Ordinary Sinner in 2001, with a supporting performance as Betty Brant in the 2002 box-office smash Spider-Man providing her most substantial onscreen performance to date. With roles opposite Madonna in Swept Away and Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, it was obvious that Banks' career was on the rise, but it was her winning performance in Seabiscuit that truly put her on the map. Though the Screen Actors Guild award that the she and the cast were nominated for would ultimately go to the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, it was obvious to all who had been following her career that Banks was only at the beginning of her Hollywood ascent. In 2003, Banks appeared in the drama The Trade before reprising her role as Betty Brant for Spider-Man 2, and with increasingly prominent roles in Heights, The Sisters, and The Baxter scheduled through 2005, audiences could rest assured that they would be seeing plenty more of Banks in the years to come. By the time Banks turned in a standout supporting role as a bookstore employee who may hold the means of solving The 40 Year Old Virgin's titular dilemma in the 2005 Steve Carell hit, it seemed that she was an actress capable of brightening most any screen. A substantial role as a small-town trophy wife in director James Gunn's comic-frightener Slither found Banks having noticable fun in front of the cameras, with a pair of appearances on the popular television medical comedy Scrubs preceding a more serious-minded turn in the inspirational 2006 sports drama Invincible. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide


Filmography of Elizabeth Banks:

Elizabeth Banks Trivia

When was Elizabeth Banks born?
Elizabeth Banks was born on February 10, 1975

What role did Elizabeth Banks play in W.?
Elizabeth Banks played Laura Bush in W.

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Zack and Miri Make a Porno?
Elizabeth Banks was Miri Linky in Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in Meet Dave?
Elizabeth Banks was Gina Morrison in Meet Dave

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in Slither?
Elizabeth Banks was Starla Grant in Slither

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in SEXual Life?
Elizabeth Banks was Sarah in SEXual Life

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in The Baxter?
Elizabeth Banks was Caroline Swann in The Baxter

What role did Elizabeth Banks portray in Heights?
Elizabeth Banks played Isabel Lee in Heights

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Role Models?
Elizabeth Banks was Beth in Role Models

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in Meet Bill?
Elizabeth Banks was Jess in Meet Bill

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Invincible?
Elizabeth Banks was Janet Cantwell in Invincible

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Daltry Calhoun?
Elizabeth Banks was May in Daltry Calhoun

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Seabiscuit?
Elizabeth Banks was Marcela Howard in Seabiscuit

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Definitely, Maybe?
Elizabeth Banks was Emily in Definitely, Maybe

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in The Sisters?
Elizabeth Banks was Nancy Pecket in The Sisters

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Swept Away?
Elizabeth Banks was Debi in Swept Away

What role did Elizabeth Banks play in Comanche Moon?
Elizabeth Banks played Maggie Tilton in Comanche Moon

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in The 40-Year-Old Virgin?
Elizabeth Banks was Beth in The 40-Year-Old Virgin

What role did Elizabeth Banks play in Fred Claus?
Elizabeth Banks played Charlene in Fred Claus

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Spider-Man 3?
Elizabeth Banks was Miss Brant in Spider-Man 3

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Spider-Man 2?
Elizabeth Banks was Miss Brant in Spider-Man 2

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in Wet Hot American Summer?
Elizabeth Banks was Lindsay in Wet Hot American Summer

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in Scrubs: Season 06?
Elizabeth Banks was Kim Briggs in Scrubs: Season 06

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in Scrubs: Season 05?
Elizabeth Banks was Kim Briggs in Scrubs: Season 05

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Ordinary Sinner?
Elizabeth Banks was Rachel in Ordinary Sinner

Who did Elizabeth Banks play in Spider-Man?
Elizabeth Banks was Betty Brandt in Spider-Man

Who did Elizabeth Banks portray in Catch Me If You Can?
Elizabeth Banks was Lucy in Catch Me If You Can


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