Anna Kendrick Career Milestones
Born: Anna Kendrick
Birth Date: August 9, 1985
Birth Place: Portland, Maine, USA
Height: 5′ 2″ (1,57 m)
Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.
For her role as “Dinah” in “High Society” on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award (second youngest ever), a Drama Desk Award, and a Fany Award (best actress featured in a musical). Her spectacular performance landed her the Drama League and Theatre World Award.
She was a lead performer with Cabaret’s Kit Kat Club at “Carnegie Hall Live” in Great Performances: My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999) (1999) (TV). She also had the privilege of working with director Scott Ellis and choreographer Susan Stroman at the New York City Opera House with Jeremy Irons amongst many more celebrity status actors, playing the role of “Fredrika” in “A Little Night Music”.
Anna work-shopped “Jane Eyre” & “The Little Princess” for Broadway and starred in the feature film Camp (2003) with director Todd Graff. Anna Kendrick can next be seen in Summit Entertainment’s dramatic comedy 50/50 with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The young starlet has a slew of other new projects lined up including a starring role in End of Watch opposite Jake Gylenhaal; the crime drama will be directed by David Ayer.
She is also voicing a character in the Focus animated 16 feature Paranorman as well as starring in the apocalyptic comedy Rapturepalooza (Lionsgate). Kendrick has also joined the cast of the recently announced romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate), based on the bestselling book series.
In 2010, Kendrick starred opposite George Clooney and Jason Bateman in the lauded film Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman. Kendrick earned a best supporting actress Oscar nomination and was honored as best supporting actress by The National Board of Review and best breakout star at the MTV Movie Awards. She also earned nominations from the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild.
In Summer 2010, she was seen in the action packed, genre bending film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World opposite Michael Cera. Kendrick was also seen in the blockbuster Twilight and the sequels The Twilight Saga:New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She will also appear in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, in theaters November 2011.
Anna Kendrick also notably starred in PictureHouse’s Rocket Science directed by Jeffrey Blitz. Her performance as an ultra-competitive high school debate team member garnered critical acclaim and the film received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For her work in the film, Anna was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Kendrick made her feature film debut in director Todd Graff’s Camp, a darling of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Her performance in the cult hit earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Annual Chlotrudis Awards. An accomplished theater veteran, Kendrick began her career as Dinah Lord in the 1997 Broadway musical production of “High Society”, for which she received a Tony Award® Nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. At 12 years old, the honor made her the second youngest Tony nominee in award history. Kendrick also garnered Drama League and Theatre World awards as well as Drama Desk and FANY award nominations.
Kendrick’s additional theater work includes a featured role with the New York City Opera’s production of “A Little Night Music”, starring Jeremy Irons, “My Favorite Broadway / The Leading Ladies: Live at Carnegie Hall”, and Broadway workshops of “Jane Eyre” and “The Little Princess.” She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.