Anna Kendrick was born August 9, 1985. She is a singer and American actress. She shot to international fame after her performance 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).
Kendrick was born in the state of Maine, the daughter of Janice and William K. Kendrick. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Her older brother is actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. She attended Deering High School in Portland, Maine.
Anna began her career at the early age of 10 when she caught a bus from Portland, Maine, to New York City where 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 only 12 years old, a performance for which she won 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. Anna went on to appear in a number of other stage productions, including the musical A Little Night Music, playing 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 portrayed Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Although Kendrick said she found the role challenging and intimidating after watching a real 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 auditioned for the role of Jessica Stanley in the movie Twilight, a 2008 film based on the first book of the series by Stephenie Meyer. She had intended to do auditions 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 where she 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 goes missing. She also appeared in the film Up in the Air, based on Walter Kirn's 2001 novel with the same name. For her role 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 rendition 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 collects "the souls of wicked men". In October 2010, she was at the 2010 Top Glamour Awards in Mexico where she was given the award for "Best International Actress".
In 2011, she 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 screen adaptation of the baby guide What to Expect When You're Expecting. She also voiced the character Courtney in the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman. She starred in Pitch Perfect as Beca, a rebellious student who learns that she has a 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, as Janet. In 2012 she was in the thriller The Company You Keep.
In 2013, she 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 chart. Anna also hosted SNL on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.
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