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Dakota Fanning to play accused baby killer in 'Every Secret Thing'

Dakota Fanning to play accused baby killer in 'Every Secret Thing'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald have joined the cast of "Every Secret Thing," which Amy Berg is to begin directing in New York next month.
Foxx, Aniston urge gun control in PSA

Foxx, Aniston urge gun control in PSA

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Dozens of celebrities, including Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston, appeared in a public service announcement asking U.S. citizens to demand tougher gun control.
People in the news

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Actress Elizabeth Banks welcomes second son via surrogate

Actress Elizabeth Banks welcomes second son via surrogate

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Elizabeth Banks announced on her website Wednesday her second son, Magnus Mitchell Handelman, has been born via gestational surrogate.

Prison wardens reprimanded over movie

LENINGRAD, Russia, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Russian prosecutors said administrators at a prison were reprimanded for showing female inmates "The Next Three Days," a movie depicting a jailbreak.
Whitney Houston dead at 48

Whitney Houston dead at 48

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Grammy-winning U.S. R&B singer and actress Whitney Houston died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 48 and the cause was under investigation, police said.

Banks, Reubens join musical cast

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Elizabeth Banks and Paul Reubens have joined the star-studded cast of the upcoming satire "Frank or Francis," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Banks becomes mom via surrogate

Banks becomes mom via surrogate

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Elizabeth Banks revealed Wednesday she has become a first-time mother thanks to a surrogate.
'Man on a Ledge' starts filming in N.Y.

'Man on a Ledge' starts filming in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Principal photography has begun in New York on "Man on a Ledge," a feature starring Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, Summit Entertainment said.
Stars lining up for '30 Rock' roles

Stars lining up for '30 Rock' roles

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Matt Damon, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti and Queen Latifah have agreed to be guest stars on the new season of the U.S. sitcom "30 Rock," NBC announced.
Banks named host of Sci-Tech Oscars

Banks named host of Sci-Tech Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Actress Elizabeth Banks is to be host of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards in Los Angeles, organizers said.
Norton set for 'Modern Family' stint

Norton set for 'Modern Family' stint

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Edward Norton has signed up to guest star in an upcoming episode of the new TV comedy series "Modern Family," ABC said.
Maguire set to star in 'Details'

Maguire set to star in 'Details'

LOS ANGELES, July 9 (UPI) -- "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire has signed up for a role in the independent film "The Details," which is set to start production in Seattle next month.
Pinto, Lilly, Banks are faces of L'Oreal

Pinto, Lilly, Banks are faces of L'Oreal

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Actresses Freida Pinto, Evangeline Lilly and Elizabeth Banks have been named spokeswomen for L'Oreal Paris, the company, based in France, said Tuesday.
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Actress Elizabeth Banks attends the premiere of the film "I Love You Man" in Los Angeles on March 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell (born February 10, 1974), known professionally as Elizabeth Banks, is an American actress. Banks had her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy. Since then, she has been well-known for her roles in Definitely, Maybe, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, W., Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer, The Uninvited and the Spider-Man franchise. Banks has also portrayed roles as guest star in television shows through her career, including the role of Dr. Kim Briggs, Zach Braff's love interest in the television sitcom Scrubs, and her role as Avery Jessup, Jack Donaghy's wife in 30 Rock.

Banks was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the eldest of four children of Ann and Mark Mitchell. Her father was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother worked in a bank. As a young child, she was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game show Finders Keepers. She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992 and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater and earned an MFA.

Banks changed her name to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell. She debuted in the independent film Surrender Dorothy, as Elizabeth Casey, and quickly gained widespread exposure through the comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

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