Anna Kendrick



Anna Kendrick was born August 9, 1985. She is a singer and American actress. Anna shot to international fame after her portrayal as Natalie Keener in the film Up in the Air (2009), for which she received 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 up for a Tony Award. Her 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).

Anna was born in the state of Maine, the daughter of Janice and William K. Kendrick. Her descent is Scottish, English, and Irish. Her older brother is actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 movie Looking for an Echo. She attended Deering High School in Portland, Maine.

Kendrick began her career at the early age of 10 when she took a bus from Portland, Maine, to New York City so that she could attend auditions. Her first role was as Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in the summer of 1998 when she was only 12 years old, a performance for which she won the Theatre World Award. Also, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Tony Award. The Tony Award nomination made her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee ever. Anna went on to appear in a number of other productions, including A Little Night Music, in which she played Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production. A little later, she made her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp. Due to her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner in this film, she was nominated 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 Kendrick said she found the part challenging and intimidating after watching a real national collegiate 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 auditioned for the role of Jessica Stanley in the movie Twilight, a 2008 film based on the initial book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer. Anna had intended to do auditions with various actors, but was too ill and had to leave. Fortunately for her, she was able to come back for a later session where she won the role of Jessica. Kendrick reprised this role in the first three Twilight sequels.

Anna's theater singing experience won her the chance to land a role 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 goes missing. She also starred in the movie Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel with the same name. For her role in Up in the Air, the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress, and she also garnered nominations from numerous other awards including The Screen Actors Guild, The Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards.

She reprised her performance as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She appeared in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, the name of the movie being Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Kendrick played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she appeared in LCD Soundsystem's music video "Pow Pow" as a "shape-shifter" who gathers "the souls of wicked men". In October 2010, she was at the 2010 Top Glamour Awards based in Mexico where she won 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 manual What to Expect When You're Expecting. She also voiced the character Courtney in the animated film ParaNorman. She starred in Pitch Perfect as Beca, a rebellious student who learns that she has a voice in her school's all-women 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 was in the thriller The Company You Keep.

In 2013, Anna scored a popular song with "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the movie Pitch Perfect which became a No. 2 hit on Billboard's Adult Pop chart. Anna also made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.

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