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ELIZABETH BANKS' (Bosley "Boz") career as an actress, producer and director continues to flourish with another prolific year ahead. She is known for roles in both comedy and drama as well as film and television. With stand-out performances in projects including The Hunger Games franchise, Love & Mercy, and The LEGO Movie. She is also a three-time Emmy nominee for her recurring roles in "30 Rock" and "Modern Family."

Her critically acclaimed television series "Shrill" starring Aidy Bryant is currently streaming on Hulu. They recently wrapped filming season 2, which will premiere in 2020. Banks produced the television series through her company Brownstone Productions which she co-owns with her husband Max Handelman. The company is best known for producing the hit Pitch Perfect franchise.

Last year she lent her voice again to Wildstyle opposite Chris Pratt in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part after voicing the same character in the box office smash hit The Lego Movie in 2014. In 2017, she was seen in Pitch Perfect 3 reprising her role as Gail.

In 2015, Banks returned to her popular role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. She also appeared in a cameo role in Magic Mike XXL and in the Netflix reprisal of Wet Hot American Summer. Also in 2015 she hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live." In 2014, she received critical acclaim in Love & Mercy for her role as Melinda Wilson opposite Paul Dano and John Cusack who both portrayed Brian Wilson. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was directed by Bill Pohlad.

Her feature credits include W in which Banks garnered critical-acclaim for her role as First Lady Laura Bush; her breakthrough role in the Academy Award® winning film Seabiscuit, in which she starred as Marcela Howard opposite Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges; Haim Seban's Power Rangers, Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, Magic Mike XXL, Our Idiot Brother, The Details, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, People Like Us, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Man on a Ledge, The Next Three Days, Role Models, Meet Dave, Invincible, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Fred Claus, Sisters, Slither, Walk of Shame, Heights, The Baxter, The Trade, Ordinary Sinner, The Uninvited, Daltry Calhoun Sexual Life, Walk of Shame, the independent dramas Every Secret Thing and Little Accidents, John Singleton's Shaft, Columbia Pictures' three blockbuster hit franchise Spider-Man as journalist Betty Brant, and the cult hit Wet, Hot, American Summer.

On the small screen, Banks earned three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances as Avery Jessup on "30 Rock" and her guest appearances as Sal on ABC's "Modern Family." She also appeared in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Porter on NBC's "Scrubs." Banks reprised her role as Lindsay in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and has wrapped production on Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. Her theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre 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 Theater Festival.

On the production side, she made her directorial debut in 2015 with Pitch Perfect 2 which was the highest opening weekend for a musical comedy in history, the biggest opener for a first-time feature film director, and the second-largest opening for a female director. It also garnered her the Breakthrough Filmmaker of the year award at the 2015 CinemaCon Awards. With a first-look film deal at Universal and an exclusive television deal at Warner Bros. Television, her Brownstone Productions' slate includes multiple film, television and digital collaborations with Universal, Sony Pictures, Amazon, CW, ABC, Lionsgate, Netflix, HULU, and Paramount Digital. The current film slate includes multiple film, television and digital collaborations across various networks and studios including Universal, Sony Pictures, CW, ABC, Lionsgate, FOX, NBC, HBO Max, Netflix, and Hulu. Their film slate includes The Grace Year, Science Fair, and Uncanny Valley at Universal Pictures; and Misconception at Sony Screen Gems. On the television side, Brownstone's slate includes "DC Super Hero High" at HBO Max; Season 2 of the critically acclaimed series "Shrill" starring Aidy Bryant at Hulu; an animated comedy series based off "The Flintstones" with Warner Bros. Animation; "Mavenhood" at Warner Bros. Television; "Love Me" at ABC; and "The Twelve" at FOX. She made her commercial debut, directing a 2017 Superbowl television ad for detergent brand Persil.

In 2017, she produced The Most Hated Woman in America starring Melissa Leo at Netflix. In the digital space the company produced "Resident Advisors" a digital comedy series with Paramount Digital which premiered on Hulu in 2015. In 2009, Brownstone produced the sci-fi thriller The Surrogates, which starred Bruce Willis.

Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She is involved with many charities which include Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, LA's Best, Temple Israel of Hollywood, The First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative, Heifer International, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and Turnaround Arts.

She currently resides in Los Angeles.


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