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ELIZABETH BANKS (Frankie) has become one of Hollywood's most sought after and versatile actresses. She was most recently seen in Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games,” playing the role of Effie Trinket, a pink-haired showbiz type who becomes mentor to Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence. She also recently starred in "Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington.

Banks recently appeared in Lionsgate's motherhood comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting.” The film, directed by Kirk Jones, is based on Heidi Murkoff's bestseller and the ensemble cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid.

In August 2011, she was seen in "Our Idiot Brother” opposite Paul Rudd, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel, directed by Jesse Peretz. "Our Idiot Brother” was purchased for distribution by The Weinstein Company.

She also starred opposite Russell Crowe in "The Next Three Days” in 2010. In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as First Lady Laura Bush opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone's "W.” The impressive cast includes James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey Wright. In Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” Banks plays Miri, who with another broke friend, decides to cure her financial ills by making an X-rated movie.

Banks' additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in "Seabiscuit,” in which she starred as Marcela Howard opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can.” She has also appeared in "Role Models,” "Meet Dave,” "Invincible,” "The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” "Fred Claus,” "The Sisters,” "Slither,” "Heights,” "The Baxter,” "The Trade,” "Ordinary Sinner,” "The Uninvited,” "Daltry Calhoun,” "Sexual Life,” John Singleton's "Shaft” with Samuel L. Jackson and the cult hit "Wet Hot American Summer,” starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She also appeared as journalist ‘Betty Brant, a role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in Columbia Pictures' three blockbuster "Spider-Man” films with Tobey Maguire as the title character.

On the small screen, Banks has recently been seen in a recurring role as Avery Jessup, Alec Baldwin's love interest, on the NBC series "30 Rock.” She earned an Emmy Award® nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance. She has also appeared on ABC's "Modern Family” and in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Briggs on NBC's "Scrubs.” In 2007, she appeared in the CBS miniseries "Comanche Moon,” which is Larry McMurtry's popular prequel to "Lonesome Dove.”

She recently wrapped production on Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect,” which she is producing with her husband Max Handelman through their company Brownstone Productions. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. Banks also executive-produced Touchstone's 2009 sci-fi thriller "Surrogates,” starring Bruce Willis, also through her company Brownstone Productions. Upcoming projects for Brownstone include "Tink,” a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as the title character of Tinkerbell; "Forever 21,” a DreamWorks comedy which Banks will star in and produce; "Too Far From Home,” a Universal film about three astronauts who are stranded on the international space station; and the college a cappella-group comedy "Pitch Perfect.”

Banks' extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theater productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of "Summer & Smoke,” directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006, Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge's comedy "Bus Stop,” as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her graduate degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


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