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Born in western Massachusetts, near the New York border, she was raised by a Red Sox loving mother and Yankee loving father. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania then enrolled in the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She converted to Judiasm when she married college sweetheart, Max Handelman.
She moved to New York and worked in the theater, then seeking more screen work, moved to Los Angeles. She changed her name to Elizabeth Banks so not to be confused with Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost (Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Rodriguez) fame.
She landed a role in Wet Hot American Summer (Marguerite Moreau, Janeane Garofalo ) and from there appeared in Spiderman (Kirsten Dunst), Catch Me if You Can (Jennifer Garner) and The 40 year Old Virgin (Kat Dennings). She was also on 13 episodes of the TV show Scrubs and has a recurring role on 30 Rock.
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Elizabeth Banks Talks PITCH PERFECT, HUNGER GAMES - Collider Elizabeth Banks Talks PITCH PERFECT, Returning for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, and Taking on TINK and LEGO: THE PIECE OF RESISTANCE.
Watch: Elizabeth Banks and Ester Dean talk Pitch Perfect Elizabeth Banks and Ester Dean talk about taking risks for this cute, sassy comedy.