Elizabeth Banks began making waves with roles in films like Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007) where she portrayed Daily Bugle newspaper secretary Betty Brant, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and more.
However, the best years of her career began in 2012 when she had 6 films released including the hit The Hunger Games where she portrayed the heavy-make-up-wearing and elaborate-dressing Effie Trinket, a representative of the capital. 2012 was also the year she produced Pitch Perfect which became a huge hit spawning two sequels and propelling her career to new heights.
Elizabeth Banks Bio
Elizabeth Banks was born on February 10, 1974, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to a bank employee mom and General Electric factory worker dad as their first child. Banks once said she grew up poor but later had to jokingly rephrase the financial situation of her upbringing by saying she grew up middle-class. She explained that her parents didn’t like “poor”.
In high school, Banks was athletic participating in baseball, however, she considered acting after breaking her leg.
After graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1992, Banks then attended the University of Pennsylvania, from 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 earn a college degree.
Before launching a career as an actress, Banks honed her acting skills at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. Subsequently, she launched her acting career in 1998 making 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.
By 2005, her career rose to new heights with films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Invincible (2006), Meet Bill (2008). She also reprised her role in Spider-Man’s 2004 and 2007 sequels. As years passed, Banks slowly gained ground with more successful films The Next Three Days (2010), Pitch Perfect (2012), The Hunger Games films, and more.
In the small screen, Banks is known for her roles in NBC sitcom 30 Rock, Scrubs, and Modern Family. Her roles in 30 Rock and Modern Family have earned her a combined 3 Primetime Emmy nominations.
What’s Her Net Worth?
Elizabeth Banks has been very successful in the film industry. In August 2017, she was ranked as the 33rd-highest-grossing actor of all time, and the fifth-highest-grossing actress. Her roles in the Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect trilogy sure contribute to a significant part of that feat.
Produced by her own production company Brownstone Productions, Banks’ Pitch Perfect made over $115 million from a budget of $17 million. According to The-Numbers.com, the film made an additional $103 million in home video sales and millions more through VOD and premium cable deals.
It was such a thumping success that lead to the making of the sequel. Pitch Perfect 2 where Banks made her directorial debut was even a bigger hit, grossing $287.5 million against a budget of $29 million to become the highest-grossing musical comedy film of all time. That record is seconded by the third installment of the film released in late 2017.
Before the hit with Pitch Perfect, Banks’s Brownstone had produced the 2009 film Surrogates. With such incredible success in directing, Banks ranks higher than some of her male counterparts in the business which does a lot to inspire her fellow females.
Banks isn’t stopping, as of 2017 her production company is in talks with almost every major studio in Hollywood.
As a result of her success, many have wondered What’s Her Net Worth? To answer that quickly, Elizabeth Banks’s net worth is estimated at nothing less than $30 million, a number that is sure to rise should she keep at her current pace.
Who Is Elizabeth Banks’s Husband
Elizabeth Banks’s husband is none other than Max Handelman, a sportswriter and blogger she met on her first day of college on September 6, 1992. After a long-term relationship, they got married in 2003.
They founded Brownstone Production company together. Banks and Handelman have two kids together, sons Felix and Magnus Mitchell, born in March 2011 and November 2012 respectively via surrogacy. Upon her marriage to Handelman, Banks converted to Judaism.
Max Handelman who was born on May 3, 1973, in Portland, Oregon had a brief stint as an investment banker before becoming a director at News Corporation where he contributed to the launch of the fantasy football division of FOX Sports. He is a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers
Quick Facts About Elizabeth Banks
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 (2003 – )
Best Known For: Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect
Residence: Los Angeles
Height: 5′ 4½” (1.64 m)