Elizabeth Banks Biography
Some of her stage credits are Hurly Burly, Bethlehem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Woman of No Importance, Uncle Vanya, and the Guthrie Theater's production of Summer & Smoke.
After graduating in 1998, Elizabeth Banks transferred to New York and began to work in theaters. She then took small parts in the movies and guest appearances in some television series. Her feature debut was the controversial Surrender Dorothy. However, Elizabeth Banks aspired to acquire more roles in films and this made her decide to move to LA where she started to accept supporting roles. Upon acquiring the opportunity to work in LA, she was required to change her name in order to avoid confusion as there is already an actress using that name. After sometime, she became one of the most promising actresses in Hollywood.
The first signal of her success came to her when she was cast in the movie Spider Man (2002). Elizabeth Banks' role as Betty Brant, the newspaper tycoons secretary, left a mark on the people who have seen the film. Due to her effective portrayal, she was able to reprise the role in the series.
Elizabeth Banks played several small roles in the movies Swept Away (2002) and Catch Me If You Can (2002), where she played the role of a bank clerk who assisted the younger Frank Abagnale with all the necessary information about the security of the bank. Her remarkable role in Seabiscuit (2003), charmed the audience very much and made her land in leading roles such as Michael Showalter's The Baxter (2005) and James Gunn's Slither (2006).
Elizabeth Banks skill in acting and her elegant and charming presence on the screen made her admired by many. In the year 2003, she has won the New Exciting Face award from Young Hollywood and she was nominated for her role in Seabiscuit under the category Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Elizabeth Banks and her boyfriend since college days, Max Handelman, married in 2003. She is an actress who is not just beautiful and talented, but has proven to possess brains as well.