Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Stage Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress / Actress | * 11/28/1984 (36) | Rocky Mount, North Carolina (United States of America (USA))
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (born November 28, 1984) is an American actress and singer. Her first significant role came as Jessica Bennett on the NBC soap opera Passions (1999–2000) and she went on to appear in series such as Tru Calling (2004) and films including the superhero film Sky High (2005). She came to wider attention as a scream queen for her roles in the horror series Wolf Lake (2001–2002), the giant monster film Monster Island (2004), the supernatural horror film Final Destination 3 (2006), the slasher film Black Christmas (2006), and the exploitation horror film Death Proof (2007). Further success came with her roles as John McClane's daughter Lucy... ()
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead was born on November 28, 1984, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Betty Lou (née Knight) and James Ronald Winstead, and is the youngest of five children. Her grandfather was a cousin of actress Ava Gardner. When she was five years old, her family moved to Sandy, Utah. She attended Peruvian Park Elementary, where she took advanced classes. She studied dance in a Joffrey Ballet summer program in Chicago, and sang in the International Children's Choir. During her youth, Winstead initially hoped to pursue a career as a ballerina and appeared in local ballet productions. As she entered her teens, she was forced to quit ballet due to her height. She later stated, "I realized pretty early on that I was already too tall by the time I was 13... you know, your body has to stay that way for your entire life, and it's pretty hard on your muscles and your bones." Realizing that a dance career was unlikely, Winstead turned to acting. As she was still a teenager at the time, this required her to be homeschooled through most of high school.Further success came with her roles as John McClane's daughter Lucy Gennero-McClane in Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Her critically acclaimed-performance as an alcoholic struggling with sobriety in the Sundance drama Smashed (2012) was followed by a series of roles in other well-received independent films, including The Beauty Inside (2012), The Spectacular Now (2013), Faults (2014), Alex of Venice (2014) and Swiss Army Man (2016). Winstead continued her Scream Queen roles in the body horror film The Thing (2011), as Mary Todd Lincoln in the fantasy horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) and in the psychological horror thriller film 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).She reprised her role as Lucy Gennero-McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) and returned to television with roles in the supernatural drama series The Returned (2015), the political satire/science fiction comedy series BrainDead (2016), the period medical drama series Mercy Street (2016–17) and the black comedy/crime drama anthology series Fargo (2017). Her recent roles include the comedy drama All About Nina (2018), the action thriller Gemini Man (2019) and as the Huntress in Birds of Prey (2020).Since 2013, Winstead has performed as half of the music duo Got a Girl, with Dan the Automator.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Thriller

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Awards & Nominations for Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Saturn Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble

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Movies with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Actress(41)

as Kate2021 Kate
as Danny Zakarweski2019 Gemini Man
as Gail2019 The Parts You Lose
as Nina Geld2018 All About Nina
as Samantha2017 So It Goes
as Gwen2016 The Hollars
as Michelle2016 10 Cloverfield Lane
as Sarah2016 Swiss Army Man
as Alex2015 Alex of Venice
as Anna Simons2014 Kill the Messenger
as Claire2014 Faults
as herself2014 Showing Up
as Holly Keely2013 The Spectacular Now
as Lauren Stinger2013 A.C.O.D.
as Lucy McClane (uncredited)2013 A Good Day to Die Hard
as Mary Todd Lincoln2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
as Girl2012 Casque
as Kate Hannah2012 Smashed
as Lynn2011 Magnificat
as The Computer (voice)2011 Cost of Living
as Kate Lloyd2011 The Thing
as Ramona Flowers2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
as Lauryn Kirk2008 Make It Happen
as Lucy McClane2007 Live Free or Die Hard
as Lee Montgomery (segment "Death Proof")2007 Grindhouse
as Lee Montgomery2007 Death Proof
as Ingrid Superstar2006 Factory Girl
as Susan Taylor2006 Bobby
as Heather Fitzgerald2006 Black Christmas
as Wendy Christensen2006 Final Destination 3
as Lisa Apple2005 Checking Out
as Young Evelyn2005 The Ring Two
as Gwen Grayson / Royal Pain2005 Sky High
as Maddy2004 Monster Island
as Annie Jacobs1999 The Long Road Home

TV Shows/Series with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Actress(20)

as herself2020 Long Way Up
as Trix Blixon2017 Danger & Eggs
as Mary Phinney2016 Mercy Street
as Laurel Healy2016 BrainDead
as Guest Star (voice)2016 Brad Neely's Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio
as Rowan Blackshaw2015 The Returned
as herself2015 Hot Ones
as Nikki Swango2014 Fargo
as Leah2012 The Beauty Inside
as herself2012 Comedy Bang! Bang!
as Bridget Elkins2003 Tru Calling
as Sophia Donner2001 Wolf Lake
as Jessica Bennett1999 Passions
as herself1997 The View

Movies with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Crew(3)

Production/Producer2014 Faults
Production/Executive Producer2013 The Cub
Production/Executive Producer2011 Magnificat

Additional Information

Born: Wednesday, 11/28 1984 (November) in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 36 years + 330 days)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Joffrey Ballet
Spouses (current/former): Riley Stearns
Other names for Mary Elizabeth Winstead (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"메리 엘리자베스 윈스테드"
Mary Elizabeth Winstead frequently works together with these people:
Quentin Tarantino (11x, Actor)
Riley Stearns (11x, Crew)
Edgar Wright (8x, Crew)
Glen Morgan (8x, Crew)
Robert Rodriguez (7x, Crew)
Michael Bacall (6x, Actor)
Nerses Gezalyan (6x, Crew)
Ewan McGregor (5x, Actor)
Nick Offerman (5x, Actor)
J. Miles Dale (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:539, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 10/22/2021