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Elizabeth Banks            

Actress Best Known for "The Hunger Games" Film Series and "Pitch Perfect"

Elizabeth Banks is an American actress, director, writer, and producer. She is best known for starring as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015) and as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017). Banks made her directorial film debut with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), whose $69 million opening-weekend gross set a record for a first-time director. She also directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the action comedy film Charlie's Angels (2019).

Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). She starred in the films Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Best in Show (2002), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Slither (2006), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Role Models (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Man on a Ledge (2012), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Love & Mercy (2014), Magic Mike XXL (2015), Power Rangers (2017), The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), and Brightburn (2019).

On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She also had recurring roles on the comedy series Scrubs and Modern Family, the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Banks starred in the Netflix miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017). As of 2019, she hosts a revival of the 1980s game show Press Your Luck on ABC.

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Elizabeth Banks: I've Definitely Made Out With a Few Girls in My Time

Speaking to The Advocate, Elizabeth Banks reveals she has "definitely made out with a few girls" and says she thinks Angelina Jolie is "super hot"

Elizabeth Banks Honored for Her Work With American Heart Assn ...

When Banks got involved with the American Heart Assn.'s Go Red for Women campaign, she saw the opportunity to educate women about cardiac disease and  ...

'Modern Family': Elizabeth Banks Returns As Party Girl Sal, But With ...

Elizabeth Banks stopped by again as Sal in an episode of "Modern Family" that saw Claire's relationships with her daughters evolve. Evolution was at the heart ...

Elizabeth Banks & John Cusack Star in the New Trailer for Brian

In the first full-length trailer for the upcoming Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, released Tuesday, the lead singer and co-founder of The Beach Boys goes ...

‘Pitch Perfect 2? Helmer Elizabeth Banks Circles ‘Red Queen’ To Direct

Universal has potentially found another project for Elizabeth Banks, the actress/producer who made a splashy start as a director with the hit Pitch Perfect 2. I’m hearing that Banks is in talks to come aboard and develop to direct Red Queen, the Victoria Aveyard young adult novel. She and her Brownstone Productions partner Max Handelman would come aboard to produce with Benderspink, which has developed a script with Breaking Bad writer Gennifer Hutchison.

Elizabeth Banks On Sexism In Hollywood: “It Drove Me To Direct For ...

Elizabeth Banks talks about sexism in Hollywood, saying “look at Gwyneth Paltrow who has her Oscar and played fifth banana to Iron Man.”

Prominent Actresses Star in Videos to Tell Women’s Personal Stories of Abortion

The Center for Reproductive Rights has launched a new series of videos featuring Elizabeth Banks, Amy Brenneman, Mercedes Mason, Mary McCormack, Dascha Polanco, Retta and Bellamy Young in which they read stories from women who have decided to have an abortion.

How Elizabeth Banks Hit the Hollywood Trifecta | Vanity Fair

There's something Seabiscuit about Elizabeth Banks, something of the stayer from the wrong side of the tracks, the pint-size pony with a common touch and a ...

Elizabeth Banks Bows Out as 'Pitch Perfect 3' Director | Variety

The "Pitch Perfect" franchise looks to be in need of a new captain, as sources say Elizabeth Banks will no longer direct "Pitch Perfect 3."

Elizabeth Banks 'Too Old' For 2002 'Spider-Man' Role | Variety

Elizabeth Banks says that she was told she was "too old" for the romantic lead in 2002's "Spider-Man," opposite Tobey Maguire.

Elizabeth Banks Leads a Star-Studded A Cappella Performance in ...

Elizabeth Banks made a star-studded splash during the second night of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday when she debuted a little project she had ...

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