Anna Kendrick life and biography

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Anna Kendrick biography

Date of birth : 1985-08-09
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Portland, Maine, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-06-21
Credited as : Film and stage actress, Up in the Air, The Twilight Saga, Academy Award

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Anna Kendrick is an American film and stage actress best known for the role of Natalie Keener in the 2009 film Up in the Air. Her other work includes the films Camp (2003), Rocket Science (2007) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and the Broadway musical High Society (1998) and also stars in The Twilight Saga. Kendrick is a Tony, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and an Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress.

Born on August 9, 1985, in Portland, Maine. A promising young actress, Anna Kendrick started her career in her early teens. She received a Tony Award nomination for her work in the Broadway musical High Society in 1998. Kendrick then made her film debut in 2003's Camp. This independent comedy followed the misadventures of a songwriter who works at a summer musical theater program for young people.

In 2007's independent coming-of-age comedy Rocket Science, Kendrick played a popular girl and a skilled debater who lures a boy with a stutter to join the debate team. She also had a chance to showcase her vocal talents on television with an appearance on Viva Laughlin, a musical drama that only lasted a few episodes.

With a supporting role in Twilight (2008), Kendrick became part of the international sensation surrounding the big-screen adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's teenage vampire novels. She played the friend of Bella (Kristen Stewart), a girl who falls for a vampire named Edward (Robert Pattinson). Reprising her role, Kendrick appeared in the 2009 sequel New Moon and the yet-to-be released Eclipse.

Graduating to more mature roles, Kendrick played Natalie, a young businesswoman, in 2009's Up in the Air (2009). The film follows a cross-country trek taken by Natalie and Ryan Bingham (played by George Clooney), a human resources professional who is hired by companies to fire unwanted employees. Ryan insists that his work requires face-to-face interaction while Natalie insists that the job can be done via video-conferencing over a computer. The two travel together so that Ryan can show Natalie the particulars of terminating employees. For her work on the film, Kendrick nabbed an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her co-star, Vera Farmiga, who plays Clooney's love interest, was also nominated in the same category.

With her career on the rise, Kendrick has a number of upcoming projects. She will appear in the fantasy comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with Michael Cera as well as a comedy with Seth Rogen, James McAvoy, and Bryce Dallas Howard that is currently in the works.

She reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg devised a graduation speech for her character that was not part of the novel. She appeared in Edgar Wright's adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim, titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Kendrick played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. She also stars in the Romantic-Comedy 50/50, alongside Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Rogen. In 2011, she will reprise her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

It has been reported that in 2012 she will star opposite John Francis Daley in Rapturepalooza, that she has been cast in The Archivist, to be directed by Robin Wright, and that she will voice a character in the stop-motion animated feature, ParaNorman.

In 2010, Kendrick appeared in LCD Soundsystem's music video "Pow Pow" as a "shape-shifter" who collects "the souls of wicked men". In October 2010, she attended the 2010 Top Glamour Awards in Mexico where she won for "Best International Actress".

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