Anna Kendrick was delivered to this planet on August 9, 1985. She is a singer and American actress. Anna rose to fame after her portrayal as Natalie Keener in the movie Up in the Air (2009), for which she was nominated for the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She played Dinah Lord in the Broadway musical High Society (1998), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Other notable roles include Fritzi Wagner in Camp (2003), Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga (2008-11), Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect (2012), and Janet in End of Watch (2012).
She was born in the state of Maine, the daughter of William K and Janice Kendrick. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Her older brother is actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 production Looking for an Echo. Anna attended Deering High School in Portland, Maine.
Kendrick began her performing career at the early age of 10 when she caught a bus from her hometown to New York City so that she could attend auditions. Kendrick's initial acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway production High Society in the summer of 1998 when she was only 12 years old, a role for which she won the Theatre World Award. Also, she was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. The Tony Award nomination made her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee ever. Kendrick went on to appear in a number of other stage productions, including A Little Night Music, playing Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production. Afterwards, she made her motion picture debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp. For her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner in this film, she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance.
In 2007, she appeared in her next film, Rocket Science, in which she portrayed Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Although she said she found the role challenging and intimidating after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate, her performance was given high accolades by critics and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, Anna tried out for the part of Jessica Stanley in the film adaptation of Twilight, a 2008 film based on the first book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer. Anna had intended to do auditions with various actors, but she was too sick and had to leave. Fortunately for her, she was brought in for a later session where she was given the role of Jessica. Kendrick reprised this role in the first three Twilight sequels.
Anna's theater singing experience won her the chance to star in The Marc Pease Experience (2009), where she appears as a high school senior involved in musical theater. She also appeared in the 2009 film Elsewhere, in which she plays her first lead character, a girl whose best friend disappears. She also appeared in the movie Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel of the same name. For her role in Up in the Air, the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress, and she also picked up nominations from numerous other awards including The Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards.
She reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She appeared in Edgar Wright's rendition of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, the name of the movie being Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In this film, she played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she was in LCD Soundsystem's video "Pow Pow" as a "shape-shifter" who gathers "the souls of wicked men". In October 2010, she attended the 2010 Top Glamour Awards in Mexico where she was given the award for "Best International Actress".
In 2011, Anna starred in the dramatic comedy 50/50, and reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. In 2012, she played Rosie in the screen adaptation of the baby guide What to Expect When You're Expecting. She also voiced the character Courtney in the animated movie ParaNorman. She starred in Pitch Perfect as Beca, a rebellious college student who learns that she has a voice in her school's female a cappella group, and she is also featured on the film's soundtrack. Kendrick also appeared in the police drama End of Watch, as Janet. In 2012 she appeared in the thriller The Company You Keep.
In 2013, she scored a hit song with "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the film Pitch Perfect which became a No. 2 hit on Billboard's Adult Pop Song chart. Anna also made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.
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