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ELIZABETH BANKS (Janet Cantwell) is one of the most promising young talents in Hollywood. Following her starring role in "Seabiscuit” as Marcella Howard opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, Banks has taken the industry by storm.

Banks recently completed production on the independent comedy "Bill,” produced by GreeneStreet Films and also starring Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. The script was written by Melisa Wallack, who will codirect with her husband, Bernie Goldman. The film follows a man (Eckhart) fed up with his job and married to an adulterous wife (Banks) who then reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen (Alba).

On the small screen, Banks was recently seen in the season finale of NBC's "Scrubs.” She will reprise her role in the forthcoming season. She will also be seen in the CBS miniseries "Comanche Moon,” which is the prequel to "Lonesome Dove.” Banks was recently seen in "Sisters,” an independent film based on Anton Chekov's "Three Sisters,” which stars Maria Bello and Eric McCormack. She was also seen in Universal Pictures' critically acclaimed horror/comedy "Slither,” written and directed by James Gunn. The film tells the tale of an alien plague that infects a small town and causes a local to go on a killing spree.

In August 2005, Elizabeth made a memorable turn in Universal's quirky comedy "The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” The film starred Steve Carell and Catherine Keener. Banks played a playful bookstore employee who seduces Carell's character.

In June 2005, Banks was seen starring in the Sony Classics/Ivory Merchant drama "Heights” opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden. The film was directed by Chris Terio and written by Amy Fox. Said Ebert and Roeper "Performances are all excellent, with Banks the real find here. The camera loves her.” Also in 2005, Banks appeared in IFC Film's "The Baxter,” a romantic comedy set in Brooklyn about a guy who is constantly being left at the altar. Banks appears in the film with Michael Showalter, Justin Theroux, Michael Williams, Peter Dinklage and Paul Rudd. The film opened in New York on Friday, August 26, and in Los Angeles on September 2. Banks was also recently seen in Miramax Films' "Daltry Calhoun,” starring Johnny Knoxville. She also appeared in Showtime Independent Films' "Sexual Life,” which screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film profiles the interlinking love lives of eight Los Angeles residents and stars James LeGros, Tom Everett Scott and Azura Skye.

In 2003, Banks appeared opposite Tobey Maguire in "Spider-Man 2,” reprising her role as Betty Brant, which director Sam Raimi created for her in the first "Spider-Man” blockbuster. She will return with this role in "Spider-Man 3,” which will be released Memorial Day weekend 2007. She also appeared opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Steve Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can.”

Banks' additional feature credits include roles in John Singleton's "Shaft” with Samuel L. Jackson and "Wet Hot American Summer,” starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She has also appeared in several independent features including "The Trade” and "Ordinary Sinner,” which won the Best Film Award at the 2002 Slamdunk Film Festival in Park City. Her extensive theater credits include roles in American Conservatory Theatre's productions of "Hurly Burly,” "Bethlehem,” "A Midsummer Night's Dream,” "A Woman of No Importance” and "Uncle Vanya” as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of "Summer & Smoke” directed by David Esbjornson. This summer, Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge's comedy "Bus Stop,” as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her graduate degree at the American Conservatory Theater. Banks currently resides in Los Angeles.

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