Anna Kendrick was born August 9, 1985. She is a singer and American actress. She shot to international 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 production High Society (1998), for which she was nominated 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).
Kendrick was born in the state of Maine, the daughter of William K and Janice Kendrick. Her descent is Scottish, English, and Irish. She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick. He appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. Anna attended Deering High School in Portland.
Kendrick started her career at the early age of 10 when she caught a bus from her hometown to New York City where she could try out for roles. Kendrick's initial acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway musical 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 Drama Desk Award and Tony 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, in which she played Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production. Afterwards, 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 had a role in the film Rocket Science, in which she portrayed Ginny Ryerson, a high school debater that talked fast. Although Kendrick said she found the part intimidating and challenging after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate, her performance was praised by critics and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, she auditioned for the part of Jessica Stanley in the film adaptation of Twilight, a 2008 film based on the initial book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer. She had intended to do auditions with various actors, but was too sick and had to leave. Fortunately for her, she was brought in for a later session and was given the role of Jessica. Kendrick reprised this role in the first three Twilight sequels.
Kendrick's singing experience in theater won her the opportunity 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 starred in Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 book with the same name. For her role in Up in the Air, she won Best Suporting Actress with the National Board of Review, and she also garnered nominations from numerous other awards including The Screen Actors Guild, The Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards.
Kendrick reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She appeared in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In this film, she played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she appeared in LCD Soundsystem's 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 her portrayal of Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. In 2012, she was Rosie in the film version of the baby book What to Expect When You're Expecting. She also lent her voice to 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, playing Janet. In 2012 she was in the political thriller The Company You Keep.
In 2013, she 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 Song chart. Anna also made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.
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