Anna Kendrick



Anna Kendrick was delivered to this planet on August 9, 1985. She is a singer and American actress. She shot to fame after her portrayal as Natalie Keener in the movie 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 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 her hometown.

Anna started her performing career at the early age of 10 when she took a bus from her hometown to New York City so that she could attend auditions. Her initial 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 was awarded 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 the musical 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 comedy musical 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 played Ginny Ryerson, a high school debater that talked fast. Although she said she found the role challenging and intimidating after watching a real national collegiate championship debate, her performance was praised by critics and she was nominated for the Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, Anna tried out for the part of Jessica Stanley in 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 she was too sick and had to leave prematurely. Fortunately for her, she was able to come back 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 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 goes missing. She also appeared in the film Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 book of 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 picked up 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. In this film, she played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she was in LCD Soundsystem's music video "Pow Pow" as a "shape-shifter" who gathers "the souls of wicked men". In October 2010, she attended the 2010 Top Glamour Awards based in Mexico where she won 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 lent her voice to the character Courtney in the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman. She starred in Pitch Perfect as Beca, a rebellious college student who discovers her voice in her school's all-women a cappella group, and she is also featured on the film's soundtrack. Kendrick was also in the police drama End of Watch, portraying Janet. In 2012 she was in the thriller The Company You Keep.

In 2013, Anna 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 hosted SNL on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.

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