Scorchcake of the Week: Elizabeth Banks

She was born Elizabeth Mitchell and no, I am not talking about the equally gorgeous star of LOST and The Santa Clause 2. She changed her name to avoid confusion. You may know her as Tom Sell… er, Elizabeth Banks!

From IMDB: Actress Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She describes herself as having been seen as a “goody two-shoes” in her youth who was nominated to be the local Harvest Queen.

Banks left home to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated Magna cum Laude, and went on to attend the Advanced Training Program at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she graduated in 1996. She moved to New York and worked in the theater as well as obtaining her first roles on-screen, small parts in movies and guest-star roles on television series. Seeking more screen work, Banks moved to Los Angeles and the supporting roles soon came.

First noticed as J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary in Spider-Man (sans her iconic blonde hair) she didn’t hit my radar until she played the thong-wearing book seller in The 40 Year Old Virgin. She has the uncanny ability to go from comedy to drama and she nails it in each genre.

In the public eye she seems like someone who has a great sense of humor and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself if the situation calls for it.  Her future looks brighter than ever as she is about to appear in the highly anticipated movie adaption of the popular book The Hunger Games.

Banks is also set to star in a live-action movie based on Tinkerbell called Tink. My daughter, who shares a birthday with Ms. Banks, has an affinity for the classic Disney character so it will be a nice excuse to see UnderScoopFire’s Wife Pretty Hall Fame Member flutter her wings while making my heart flutter as well. Happy Birthday Tom Sel… Elizabeth Banks!

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