Elizabeth Banks is an American actress and producer with an estimated net worth of $16.5 million. She was born on February 10, 1974 in Massachusetts. Her mother is Ann and her father is Mark, and she is the oldest of four kids. Her father served in Vietnam and came home to work in a factory for GE. Her mother worked for a bank, and she grew up a little bit Catholic and a little bit Irish. She was a very outgoing child with a love of sports. She played baseball and she was an avid horse rider. Throughout her life, she was also very into acting. After graduating from high school in 1992, she went on to the University of Pennsylvania where she was part of a sorority. She graduated with a degree in communications and theater art, and she had no idea just how far that would take her in life.
Elizabeth Banks’ given name is actually Elizabeth Mitchell, but there was already an actress in Hollywood at that time with the same name, so she changed her name to Banks as a way of avoiding the confusion that might hinder her career at some point. It would not be until 1998 when she was given her first real role after turning down an opportunity to play a character in a soap that would have interrupted her schooling at MFA. She was taking out loans to attend, so she thought she might finish up and make those loans worthwhile. She spent some time in the early 2000s working as a guest appearance star on a number of hit shows, and she eventually went on to gain more fame as she took on bigger and more important roles.
However, she definitely made her career memorable when she took on the role of Effie Trinket in the hit movies “The Hunger Games.” She was a star. She was in “Pitch Perfect,” and she directed the second one, and that was where she cemented her fame. Since those two sets of films were released, she became a household name with a big star behind her and a substantial net worth to her name. She’s now one of the most recognizable and most memorable faces in Hollywood.
Personally, Elizabeth Banks likes to keep her private life to herself. She’s not afraid to be seen on the red carpet, but she’s always funny and not really into discussing her private life. She met her husband on her first day of college and they married 11 years later in 2003. He is a sportswriter by the name of Max Handelman. They have two little boys together, both born via surrogate. Their oldest son was born in 2011 and their youngest son in 2012. She’s converted to Judaism for her husband, and she has been living the religion since she met him, to be almost precise. She just made it official during their marriage so that she could raise their kids together in their religion.
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