Anna Kendrick was delivered to this planet on August 9, 1985. She is a singer and American actress. Anna shot to 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 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).
She was born in Portland, 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 film Looking for an Echo. She attended Deering High School in her hometown.
Kendrick started her performing career at the age of 10 when she took a bus from Portland, Maine, to New York City where she could attend auditions. Her first role was as Dinah in the Broadway production High Society in August 1998 when she was only 12 years old, a performance for which she won the Theatre World Award. She was also 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 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 motion picture debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp. For her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner in this film, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance.
In 2007, Anna appeared in her next film, Rocket Science, in which she played 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 debate, her performance was praised by critics and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, Anna tried out for the part of Jessica Stanley in the film adaptation of Twilight, a 2008 film based on the initial book of the series by Stephenie Meyer. Anna had intended to do a mix-and-match audition with various actors, but was too ill and had to leave. Fortunately for her, she was brought in for a later session and won the role of Jessica. Kendrick reprised this role in the first three Twilight sequels.
Kendrick'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 portrays 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 of 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 Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, 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 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 was given the award for "Best International Actress".
In 2011, she 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 book 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 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 also appeared in the police drama End of Watch, portraying Janet. In 2012 she was in the political 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 Song chart. Kendrick also hosted SNL on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.
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