Elizabeth Banks. biography
Born Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell on February 10, 1974, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Banks changed her name in hopes of averting confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell before making her on-screen debut in the independent dramedy Surrender Dorothy (1998). Banks then went on to make minor, but memorable appearances in All My Children (1999), Sex and the City (2000) and Shaft (2000), all which led to a more prominent role in the romantic comedy Wet Hot American Summer (2001) alongside her fellow-rising stars Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper.
Banks' career continued to strive following well received, supporting performances in the blockbusters Spider-Man (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Seabiscuit (2003), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005). The following year, she secured a reappearing guest spot in the TV series Scrubs (2006 - 2009).
After reprising her role as Miss Brant in Spider-Man 3 (2007), Banks showed off her acting versatility with a convincing portrayal of Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic drama W (2008). She then snagged a leading comedic role opposite Seth Rogen in Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) as well as alongside Paul Rudd in Role Models (2008).
In 2010, Banks starred alongside Russell Crowe in the crime thriller The Next Three Days and the comedy The Details, followed by reoccurring roles in the Golden Globe Award-winning TV programs Modern Family (2009 - 2013) and 30 Rock (2010 - 2012).
Ensuing supporting roles in the dramedy Our Idiot Brother (2011) and the thriller Man on the Ledge (2012), Banks officially reached stardom playing Effie Trinket in the box office giant, The Hunger Games (2012). Her notable performance soon landed her starring roles in the drama People Like Us (2012) and the dramedy What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012).
Banks' most recent projects include, the comedy Movie 43 (2013) with Emma Stone, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), the comedy Walk of Shame (2014), the animated action comedy Lego: The Piece of Resistance (2014), the crime thriller Every Secret Thing (release date unknown) alongside Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning, the musical comedy Frank or Francis (unknown), the dramedy The Big Shoe (unknown) with Kristen Stewart, and the dramedy What's the Matter with Margie? (2014).
Elizabeth Banks Husband & Dating History Timeline
September 1992 - Present
Banks first met producer and sportswriter Max Handelman on her first day at the University of Pennsylvania in September 1992. They went on to get married in 2003 and later welcomed their sons Feliz (March 2011) and Magnus Mitchell (November 2012) via surrogate.