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ELIZABETH BANKS's (Lucy) 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."

Banks recently wrapped directing the "Charlie's Angels" reboot, which she also wrote, produced and will appear in as Bosley. Also last year, she was seen in "Pitch Perfect 3," in which she returned to play Gail. She also produced the "Pitch Perfect" franchise through her production company, Brownstone Productions, along with her husband, Max Handelman.

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 reprise of "Wet Hot American Summer." Additionally, she hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live. In 2014, Banks lent her voice to Wyldstyle, aka Lucy, in the box-office hit "The LEGO Movie." The same year she received critical acclaim for her role as Melinda Wilson in "Love & Mercy," 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," for which Banks garnered critical acclaim for her performance as First Lady Laura Bush; her breakthrough role in the Academy Award-winning "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"; the 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 nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances as Avery Jessup on "30 Rock" and 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.

Banks made her directorial debut in 2015 with "Pitch Perfect 2," which was the highest opening weekend for a musical 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. 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 "Queen for a Day" and "White Girl Problems," as well as "Red Queen" and Paper Bag Princess," both of which she is attached to direct. Brownstone's upcoming television slate includes "Hoops" at NBC; "Patty's Auto" at Fox, "The Untitled Nkechi Carroll Project" at ABC, co-produced with Berlanti Productions; and "Girl Waits with a Gun" at Amazon. She made her commercial debut directing a 2017 Super Bowl television ad for detergent brand Persil. Also in 2017, she produced "The Most Hated Woman in America," starring Melissa Leo for 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," starring 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 LA's Best, Temple Israel of Hollywood, Planned Parenthood, 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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