Kendrick at the 2014 Geffen's Fundraiser
August 9, 1985 |
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Anna Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She rose to international fame after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air (2009), for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. She played Dinah Lord in the Broadway musical High Society (1998), for which she was nominated 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 also played Cinderella in the film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods (2014). In the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway musical, The Last Five Years (2015), Kendrick played the lead role of Cathy.
Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Janice (née Cooke), an accountant, and William K. Kendrick, a history teacher who also works in finance. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Her maternal grandparents were Ronald and Ruth (née Small) Cooke (1918-2011). She has an older brother, actor Michael Cooke Kendrick, who appeared in the 2000 film Looking for an Echo. She attended Deering High School in Portland.
Kendrick started her career at the age of 10. Her parents were supportive and often drove her from Portland, Maine, to New York City for auditions. Her first prominent 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 and was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award, making her the third-youngest Tony Award nominee. Kendrick 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, before making her film debut in the 2003 musical comedy Camp, for which she was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner.
In 2007, she appeared in her next film, Rocket Science, as Ginny Ryerson, a fast-talking high school debater. Although Kendrick said she found the role intimidating and challenging after watching an actual national collegiate championship debate, her performance was praised by critics and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, she auditioned for the role of Jessica Stanley in Twilight, a 2008 film adapted from the first book of the novel series by Stephenie Meyer. She had intended to do a mix-and-match audition with various actors, but was too ill and had to leave; she was brought in for a later session where she was given the role. Kendrick reprised her role as Jessica in the first three Twilight sequels.
Kendrick's theater singing experience gave her the opportunity to star in The Marc Pease Experience (2009), where she appears as a high school senior involved in musical theater. She appeared in the 2009 film Elsewhere, in which she plays her first lead character, a girl whose best friend goes missing, and in director Jason Reitman's 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 picked up nominations from numerous critics awards, The Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards.
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. Kendrick played Stacey Pilgrim, the sister of the lead character. In 2010, she 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".
In 2011, she starred in the dramatic comedy 50/50, and reprised her role as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. In 2012, she played Rosie in the screen adaptation of the baby guide What to Expect When You're Expecting, and voiced 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 female a cappella group; Kendrick is featured on the film's soundtrack. In 2012, Kendrick also appeared in the police drama End of Watch, playing Janet, and in the political thriller The Company You Keep.
In 2013, she 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. Kendrick made her SNL hosting debut on April 5, 2014 with musical guest Pharrell.
In 2014, Kendrick starred in film adaptations of the musicals The Last Five Years, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. In the latter film, directed by Rob Marshall, she played Cinderella.
In 2009, Kendrick began a relationship with director Edgar Wright after meeting on the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The couple split in early 2013. She resides in Los Angeles, California.
|2007||Rocket Science||Ginny Ryerson|
|2008||Twilight||Jessica Stanley (1)|
|2009||Marc Pease Experience, TheThe Marc Pease Experience||Meg Brickman|
|2009||Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon||Jessica Stanley (2)|
|2009||Up in the Air||Natalie Keener|
|2010||Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Jessica Stanley (3)|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Stacey Pilgrim|
|2011||Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||Jessica Stanley (4)|
|2012||What to Expect When You're Expecting||Rosie Brennan|
|2012||ParaNorman||Courtney Babcock (voice)|
|2012||End of Watch||Janet|
|2012||Pitch Perfect||Beca Mitchell (1)|
|2012||Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||Jessica Stanley (5)||Credits only|
|2012||The Company You Keep||Diana|
|2014||Life After Beth||Erica Wexler|
|2014||Into the Woods||Cinderella|
|2015||The Last Five Years||Cathy Hiatt|
|2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Beca Mitchell (2)|
|2015||Mr. Right||Martha||In post-production|
|2015||Get a Job||Jillian Stewart|
|2015||Digging for Fire|
|2003||The Mayor||Sadie Winterhalter||Movie|
|2007||Viva Laughlin||Holly||Episode: "What a Whale Wants"|
|2009||Fear Itself||Shelby||Episode: "The Spirit Box"|
|2012||Family Guy||Nora (voice)||Episode: "Internal Affairs"|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||Episode: "Anna Kendrick Wears A Patterned Blouse & Burgundy Pants"|
|2014||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Anna Kendrick/Pharrell Williams"|
|2015||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Anna Kendrick/John Krasinski"|
|1998||High Society||Dinah Lord||St. James Theatre|
|2003||A Little Night Music||Fredrika Armfeldt||New York City Opera|
|2010||"Pow Pow"||LCD Soundsystem|
|2012||"Do it Anyway"||Ben Folds Five|
|2013||"Cups (When I'm Gone)"||Herself|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Cups (Pitch Perfect's When I'm Gone)"||2013||6||44||75||12||26||26||71||Pitch Perfect (Soundtrack)|
|"—" denotes singles which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
|1999||"Throwing A Ball Tonight" with Lisa Banes, Melissa Errico and John McMartin||High Society (Original Cast Recording)|
|"Little One" with Daniel McDonald|
|"I Love Paris" with Melissa Errico|
|"She's Got That Thing" with the cast|
|"Let's Misbehave" with the cast|
|2003||"The Ladies Who Lunch"||Camp: Music from the Motion Picture|
|2009||"Time After Time"||Up in the Air|
|2013||"Bellas Regionals: The Sign / Eternal Flame / Turn the Beat Around" with The Barden Bellas||Pitch Perfect (soundtrack)|
|"Party in the U.S.A." with The Barden Bellas|
|2014||"On the Steps of the Palace"||Into the Woods (soundtrack)|
|"No One Is Alone" with James Corden|
|"A Very Nice Prince" with Emily Blunt|
|"Prologue: Into the Woods"with the cast|
|"Your Fault" with the cast|
|2015||"Still Hurting"||The Last Five Years (soundtrack)|
|"See I'm Smiling"|
|"A Part of That"|
|"A Summer in Ohio"|
|"The Next Ten Minutes" with Jeremy Jordan|
|"A Miracle Would Happen / When You Come Home to Me" with Jeremy Jordan|
|"I Can Do Better Than That"|
|"Goodbye Until Tomorrow" with Jeremy Jordan|
Awards and nominations
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (April 2015)|
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