Anna Kendrick started her existence on August 9, 1985. She is an American actress and singer. She shot to fame due to her performance 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 portrayed 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 William K and Janice Kendrick. Her descent is Scottish, English, and Irish. Her older brother is actor Michael Cooke Kendrick. He appeared in the 2000 production Looking for an Echo. Anna attended Deering High School in Portland, Maine.
Kendrick started her career at the age of 10 when she took a bus from her hometown to New York City so that she could try out for roles. Kendrick's initial acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway production High Society in the summer of 1998 when she was 12 years old, a role for which she was awarded the Theatre World Award. She was also nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. The Tony Award nomination made her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee ever. Anna 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 motion picture debut in the 2003 comedy musical 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 played Ginny Ryerson, a high school debater that talked fast. Although she said she found the part challenging and intimidating after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate, her performance was given high accolades by critics and she was nominated for the Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, she 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 ill and had to leave. Fortunately for her, she was able to come back for a later session and 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 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 performance 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 was featured in Edgar Wright's adaptation 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 appeared in LCD Soundsystem's music video "Pow Pow" as a "shape-shifter" who collects "the souls of wicked men". In October 2010, she was at the 2010 Top Glamour Awards based in Mexico where she was given the award for "Best International Actress".
In 2011, Anna was featured in the dramatic comedy 50/50, and reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. In 2012, she was Rosie in the film version 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 discovers her 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 appeared in the thriller The Company You Keep.
In 2013, she scored a hit song with "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the movie Pitch Perfect which became a No. 2 hit on Billboard's Adult Pop chart. Kendrick also made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.
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