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Also Known As: Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell Died:
Born: February 10, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actress

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Before she was a recognizable name, Elizabeth Banks was a familiar face in scene-stealing comic cameos and memorable dramatic roles opposite high-profile actors like Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bridges and Mark Wahlberg. Her fresh-scrubbed New England looks and girl-next-door appeal were refreshingly countered with her adventurous tomboy spirit and fearless embrace of over-the-top goofiness. A stage-trained actress with a fun-loving attitude towards a big screen career, Banks' energy and versatile talent were finally featured front and center in the popular but very different comedies "Slither" (2006) and "Definitely, Maybe" (2008). Prior to those two roles, she gained widespread recognition for playing Betty Brant in "Spider-Man" (2002), which she reprised for the second (2004) and third (2007) installments. After returning to comedy opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in "Fred Claus" (2007), Banks was surprisingly convincing as former First Lady Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's "W" (2008) and Effie Trinket in the hotly anticipated "The Hunger Games" (2012). Whether comedy or drama, Banks always delivered a quality performance while continually broadening her appeal. ...

Before she was a recognizable name, Elizabeth Banks was a familiar face in scene-stealing comic cameos and memorable dramatic roles opposite high-profile actors like Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bridges and Mark Wahlberg. Her fresh-scrubbed New England looks and girl-next-door appeal were refreshingly countered with her adventurous tomboy spirit and fearless embrace of over-the-top goofiness. A stage-trained actress with a fun-loving attitude towards a big screen career, Banks' energy and versatile talent were finally featured front and center in the popular but very different comedies "Slither" (2006) and "Definitely, Maybe" (2008). Prior to those two roles, she gained widespread recognition for playing Betty Brant in "Spider-Man" (2002), which she reprised for the second (2004) and third (2007) installments. After returning to comedy opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in "Fred Claus" (2007), Banks was surprisingly convincing as former First Lady Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's "W" (2008) and Effie Trinket in the hotly anticipated "The Hunger Games" (2012). Whether comedy or drama, Banks always delivered a quality performance while continually broadening her appeal.

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  Movie 43 (2013)

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 Big Shoe, The (2015)
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 Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
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 Lego Movie, The (2014)
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 Walk of Shame (2014)
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 Movie 43 (2013)
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 Frank or Francis (2013)
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1998:
Landed first film role in the independent drama "Surrender Dorothy" (credited as Elizabeth Casey)
1999:
Made TV debut on an episode of the NBC drama "Third Watch"
2000:
Cast in a small role in John Singleton's "Shaft"
2001:
Appeared in the cult comedy "Wet Hot American Summer"
2002:
Cast as Betty Brant in the blockbuster hit "Spider-Man"
2002:
Appeared in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If Your Can" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
2003:
Landed breakout role as Jeff Bridges' wife in the Gary Ross-directed "Seabiscuit"
2004:
Again portrayed Betty Brant in "Spider-Man 2"
2005:
Cast opposite Steve Carrell in the Judd Apatow comedy "The 40-Year Old Virgin"
2006:
Cast as Mark Wahlberg's love interest in "Invincible," based on the true story of Eagles football player Vince Papale
2006:
Guest-starred on the season five finale of the NBC sitcom "Scrubs" as the love interest to J.D. (Zach Braff); returned with a recurring role in season six
2007:
Reprised role of Betty Brant for "Spider-Man 3"
2007:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy "Fred Claus"
2008:
Cast as the female lead in the dark comedy "Meet Bill" alongside Aaron Eckhart
2008:
Portrayed First Lady Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic "W." on the life of President George W. Bush
2008:
Co-starred with Seth Rogen as the eponymous female lead in the Kevin Smith comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"
2009:
Co-starred in the American remake of "The Uninvited"
2009:
Made executive producing debut with "Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis
2010:
Had a recurring role on NBC's "30 Rock" as a love interest for Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy
2010:
Co-starred with Russell Crowe in the thriller "The Next Three Days"
2011:
Played Paul Rudd's career-driven sister in "Our Idiot Brother"
2012:
Cast as Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) District 12 escort in the feature film adaptation of "The Hunger Games"
2012:
Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"
2012:
Cast as one of the leads in ensemble romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
2012:
Co-produced musical comedy "Pitch Perfect"; also acted opposite Anna Kendrick
2013:
Reprised Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
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Education

Pittsfield High School: Pittsfield , Massachusetts - 1992
University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1996
American Conservatory Theater: San Francisco , California - 1998

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