Elizabeth Banks began to make waves with roles in films such as Wet Hot American Summer (2001), the Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007), in which she portrayed the Daily Bugle newspaper secretary, Betty Brant, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and others.
However, the best years of her career began in 2012 when she released six films, including the hit The Hunger Games, in which she portrayed the heavily made-up and lavishly dressed Effie Trinket, a representative of the capital. 2012 was also the year she produced Pitch Perfect, which became a huge hit, spawned two sequels, and took her career to new heights.
Elizabeth Banks Bio
Elizabeth Banks was born on February 10, 1974, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the first child of a bank employee’s mother and the father of a General Electric factory worker. Banks once said that she grew up poor, but later had to jokingly reformulate the financial situation of her upbringing by saying that she was raised in the middle class. She explained that her parents did not like “poor”.
In high school, Banks played baseball, but after breaking her leg, she considered acting.
After graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1992, Banks attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts, becoming the first person in her family to receive a college degree.
Before starting a career as an actress, Banks honed her acting skills at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. She then began her acting career in 1998 with her debut in the independent film Surrender Dorothy. Around the same time, she opened her small screen account with a role in All My Children.
In 2005 her career reached new heights with films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Invincible (2006), Meet Bill (2008). She also resumed her role in the 2004 and 2007 sequels of Spider-Man. Over the years, Banks slowly gained ground with the more successful films The Next Three Days (2010), Pitch Perfect (2012), The Hunger Games, and others.
On the small screen, Banks is known for her roles in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, Scrubs, and Modern Family. Her roles in 30 Rock and Modern Family have earned her a total of 3 primetime Emmy nominations.
Elizabeth Banks was very successful in the film industry. In August 2017 she was ranked as the actress with the 33rd highest return on sales ever and the fifth-highest actress with the fifth-highest return on sales. Her roles in the trilogy “Hungerspiele” and “Pitch Perfect” certainly contribute significantly to this success.
Banks’ “Pitch Perfect”, produced by her own production company Brownstone Productions, brought in over $115 million from a budget of $17 million. According to The-Numbers.com, the film generated an additional $103 million in home video sales and millions more through VOD and premium cable contracts.
It was such overwhelming success that led to the making of the sequel. Pitch Perfect 2, in which Banks made her directorial debut, was an even greater success, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time with $287.5 million gross receipts on a $29 million budget. This record will be surpassed by the third part of the film, which will be released in late 2017.
Before the hit with Pitch Perfect, Banks’s Brownstone had produced the film Surrogates in 2009. With this incredible directing success, Banks ranks higher than some of her male colleagues in the industry, which does much to inspire her female colleagues.
Banks doesn’t stop there, from 2017 her production company is in discussion with almost every major studio in Hollywood.
Because of her success, many have asked themselves: What is her net worth? To answer this quickly: Elizabeth Banks’ net worth is estimated at no less than 30 million dollars, a figure that will certainly increase if she maintains her current pace.
Who Is Elizabeth Banks Husband
The husband of Elizabeth Banks is none other than Max Handelman, a sports journalist, and blogger whom she met on September 6, 1992, on her first day in college. After a long relationship, they married in 2003.
Together they founded the company Brownstone Production. Banks and Handelman have two children, sons Felix and Magnus Mitchell, born in March 2011 and November 2012 respectively through surrogacy. After their marriage to Handelman, Banks converted to Judaism.
Max Handelman, born May 3, 1973, in Portland, Oregon, had worked as an investment banker for a short time before becoming a director at News Corporation, where he helped found the fantasy football division of FOX Sports. He is a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Birth Name: Elizabeth Irene Mitchell
Birth Date: February 10, 1974. Place: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Parents: Ann (née Wallace) and Mark P. Mitchell
Alma mater: University of Pennsylvania American Conservatory Theater
Husband: Max Handelman
Best Known For Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect
Residence: Los Angeles
Height: 5′ 4½” (1.64 m)