Elizabeth Banks is an American actress and a well known filmmaker who became known with significant roles in the film series, The Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect franchise.Elizabeth started her career on television and went on to gain immense popularity through her sheer performance in films including Spider-Man trilogy, Seabiscuit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Lego Movie, and Power Rangers. On television, she is known for her portrayal of Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Banks is one of the most bankable actors of all time who has showed off her acting prowess in different genres like drama, comedy, horror, and science fictions.
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Elizabeth Banks Career Details
When auditioning in New York, she had offered a role on the soap opera Santa Barbara. Taking that role would require her to quit her education at the American Conservatory Theatre, and then Banks ultimately decided to let go the offer as having taken out student loans to complete her degree. She made her acting debut in the 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy, as Elizabeth Casey, and appeared in various films over the next seven years including Wet Hot American Summer in 2001, Swept Away in 2002, and Seabiscuit in 2003 .
In 2002, Banks set up her own production company named Brownstone Productions with the help of her husband, Max Handelman. Elizabeth gained more prominent widespread fame with her role in the 2005 comedy film named The 40-Year-Old Virgin. In August 2005, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Banks starred in William Inge’s Bus Stop as character Cherie who is a sexy blonde aspiring nightclub singer. Jeffrey Borak also wrote about Banks portrayal. In 2005, banks appeared on the series named Stella, and in May 2006, she had a role in the season five finale of the NBC sitcom Scrubs as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. Elizabeth appeared throughout the three consequtive seasons of six, seven and eight as a recurring guest star with immensily became popular
Talking about her educational background, Elizabeth Banks attended Pittsfield High School from where she graduated in 1992. She later enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She graduated magna cum laude (means “with great honor”) with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts in 1996.
Banks obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California in 1998.
Elizabeth Banks Family Details
Banks is the oldest of the four children of Mark Mitchell and Ann Mitchell. Her father Mark worked in General Electric while her mother was a bank employee.
Elizabeth Banks Age
She is currently 45 years old.
Is Elizabeth Banks Married?
Elizabeth Banks married Max Handelman, a sportswriter, and producer, on July 5, 2003. She met her husband in 1992 on her first day of college, and shortly after, they entered into a relationship. She welcomed her first child with her husband, a son, Felix Handelman, who was born in March 2011 through a surrogate. Their second son, Magnus Mitchell, was also born via surrogate in November 2012.
Elizabeth Banks has an estimated net worth of $30 million. In 2017, she was ranked as the 33rd-highest grossing actor of all time, and the fifth-highest grossing actress. In addition to her successful acting career, Banks made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, the second installment in Pitch Perfect film series. The film was made with $30 million and went on to make $300 million worldwide. She also has produced around half a dozen movies and considering all other factors, her net worth is sure to rise in the years to come. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.