Elizabeth Banks is an actress from Hollywood, and also a producer, and director, born on 10th February 1974, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and raised up on Brown Street. Her father, Mark P. Mitchell worked as a factory worker for General Electric and mother, Ann Banks worked in a bank. She has a brother named Geoff. Her ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch. Her actual name is
Elizabeth Mitchell but changed her name to avoid confusion with another veteran actress named Elizabeth Mitchell. During her teenage days, Elizabeth used to ride horses and play baseball. She even took part in the Little League Baseball, and she broke her leg sliding into third. Later this veteran actress tried out for the school play, which became her first step towards acting. In 1992, she completed her education at Pittsfield High School and graduated with a major in communications and a minor in Theater Arts in 1996.
She worked at the American Conservatory Theater to improve her acting skills and earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Elizabeth met famous sportswriter and producer Max Handelman, on her first day at college on September 6, 1992. In the year 2003, they got married and gave birth to two sons named Felix and Magnus through surrogacy. Later she converted herself to her husband Max Handelman's faith- Judaism and studied with rabbis. Elizabeth starred in the American science fiction trilogy
The Hunger Games (based on Suzanne Collins novel of the same name) in 2012. She played the role of Effie Trinket in it. It received positive reviews from critics, and so the director
Gary Ross made its second and third series as well. She won the Best On-Screen Transformation Award two times at the MTV Movie Awards for her performance in its first series in 2012 as well in its third series The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 (2014) in 2015. Elizabeth also appeared in the American biographical drama Love and Mercy (2014), that focused on musician-songwriter
Brian Wilson (co-founder of the Beach Boys band). She played the character of Brians second wife named Melinda Ledbetter.
It received critical acclaim. She won the Sierra Award for Best Supporting Actress at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards. Elizabeth even worked as a voice-over artist for the character of Lucy, a tech-savvy fighter in the animated drama
The Lego Movie. Apart from acting, she worked as a producer and director for the movie
Pitch Perfect 2 and its third series. It received positive reviews from critics and Pitch Perfect 2 earned a worldwide total of $ 281 millions, and thus, it achieved the title of the highest grossing musical comedy of all time.