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Both a comedian and a leading lady, Elizabeth Banks has proven she's game for just about anything, slowly amassing a body of work that ranges from slapstick comedy (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) to sweeping drama (Seabiscuit).

Born Elizabeth Mitchell on Feb. 10, 1974, in Pittsfield, Mass., Banks was bitten by the acting bug when a sports injury forced her off of the field and onto the stage. After studying acting at the University of Pennsylvania and the American Conservatory Theater, Banks moved to Hollywood, where her first big break came with the scene-stealing role of secretary Betty Brant in Spider-Man (2002) -- a character she's reprised in subsequent Spider-Man films.

Banks has continued to impress with her work on television's "Scrubs" and in films such as Zack and Miri Make a Porno. In 2008, she added first lady to her résumé, playing the role of Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's W.

Elizabeth Banks in People Like Us

People Like Us

2012 PG-13

When Sam flies home for his estranged father's funeral, the reading of the will reveals a sister he never knew he had -- and an order that Sam must bring his alcoholic sibling and her young son their inheritance.

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  • Elizabeth Banks in Love & Mercy Love & Mercy
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  • Elizabeth Banks in Man on a Ledge Man on a Ledge
  • Elizabeth Banks in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Elizabeth Banks in The Lego Movie The Lego Movie
  • Elizabeth Banks in The Next Three Days The Next Three Days
  • Elizabeth Banks in What to Expect When You're Expecting What to Expect When You're Expecting
  • Elizabeth Banks in Movie 43 Movie 43
  • Elizabeth Banks in Pitch Perfect 2 Pitch Perfect 2
  • Elizabeth Banks in Pitch Perfect Pitch Perfect
  • Elizabeth Banks in Seabiscuit Seabiscuit
  • Elizabeth Banks in Spider-Man 3 Spider-Man 3
  • Elizabeth Banks in Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man 2
  • Elizabeth Banks in Magic Mike XXL Magic Mike XXL
  • Elizabeth Banks in The 40-Year-Old Virgin The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • Elizabeth Banks in Slither Slither
  • Elizabeth Banks in Zack and Miri Make a Porno Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Elizabeth Banks in Little Accidents Little Accidents
  • Elizabeth Banks in Every Secret Thing Every Secret Thing
  • Elizabeth Banks in Wet Hot American Summer Wet Hot American Summer
  • Elizabeth Banks in Invincible Invincible
  • Elizabeth Banks in Role Models Role Models
  • Elizabeth Banks in Walk of Shame Walk of Shame
  • Elizabeth Banks in Meet Bill Meet Bill
  • Elizabeth Banks in The Uninvited The Uninvited
  • Elizabeth Banks in The Details The Details
  • Elizabeth Banks in Heights Heights
  • Elizabeth Banks in Sexual Life Sexual Life
  • Elizabeth Banks in The Sisters The Sisters
  • Elizabeth Banks in Definitely, Maybe Definitely, Maybe
  • Elizabeth Banks in Lovely, Still Lovely, Still
  • Elizabeth Banks in Meet Dave Meet Dave
  • Elizabeth Banks in Love, Marilyn Love, Marilyn
  • Elizabeth Banks in Swept Away Swept Away
  • Elizabeth Banks in Ordinary Sinner Ordinary Sinner
  • Elizabeth Banks in The Baxter The Baxter
  • Elizabeth Banks in Fred Claus Fred Claus
  • Elizabeth Banks in Daltry Calhoun Daltry Calhoun
  • Elizabeth Banks in W. W.
  • Elizabeth Banks in Comanche Moon: Road to Lonesome Dove Comanche Moon: Road to Lonesome Dove
  • Elizabeth Banks in Our Idiot Brother Our Idiot Brother