Anna Kendrick was delivered to this planet on August 9, 1985. She is an American actress and singer. Anna rose to fame due to 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 portrayed Dinah Lord in the Broadway production High Society (1998), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. 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 Janice and William K. Kendrick. Her descent is Scottish, English, and Irish. She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. Anna attended Deering High School in Portland.
Kendrick began her performing career at the age of 10 when she took a bus from her hometown to New York City so that she could attend auditions. Kendrick's initial acting role was as Dinah in the Broadway musical High Society in August 1998 when she was 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. Anna went on to appear in a number of other stage productions, including A Little Night Music, playing Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production. Afterwards, she made her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp. For her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner in this film, she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance.
In 2007, Anna had a role in the film Rocket Science, in which she played Ginny Ryerson, a high school debater that talked fast. Although she said she found the role intimidating and challenging after watching an actual national collegiate debate, her performance was given high accolades 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 first book of the novel 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 prematurely. Fortunately for her, she was able to come back for a later session and won 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 land a role 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 appeared in Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel with 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.
She reprised her role 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. Kendrick played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she was in LCD Soundsystem's 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 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 manual What to Expect When You're Expecting. She also lent her voice to the character Courtney in the stop-motion 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, 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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