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Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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.


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Born:
Nov 28, 1984 In Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
63
First Appeared:
In the movie Kill Shot: The Making of 'FD3'
Latest Project:
Movie Kate 2021-09-10
Known For
Poster of Gemini Man
Poster of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Poster of Live Free or Die Hard
Poster of The Long Road Home
Filmography
Movie Kill Shot: The Making of 'FD3' 2022
Movie Kate Kate 2021-09-10
Movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Helena Bertinelli / Huntress 2020-02-05
Movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - 10th Anniversary Reunion Table Read Herself / Ramona Flowers 2020-07-20
Series Long Way Up Self 2020-09-18
Movie The Parts You Lose Gail 2019-03-14
Movie Gemini Man Danny Zakarweski 2019-10-02
Series Love, Death & Robots Gali 2019-03-15
Movie All About Nina Nina Geld 2018-09-28
Series Danger & Eggs Trix Blixon 2017-06-30
Movie So It Goes Samantha 2017-04-30
Series Mercy Street Mary Phinney 2016-01-17
Movie 10 Cloverfield Lane Michelle 2016-03-10
Series BrainDead Laurel Healy 2016-06-13
Series Brad Neely's Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio Guest Star (voice) 2016-07-10
Movie Swiss Army Man Sarah 2016-06-24
Movie The Hollars Gwen 2016-08-25
Series The Returned Rowan Blackshaw 2015-03-09
Movie Alex of Venice Alex Vedder 2015-04-17
Series Hot Ones Herself 2015-03-12
Movie Exposed Anna Loach 2015-03-20
Movie Showing Up Herself 2014-02-25
Movie Faults Claire 2014-03-06
Series Off Camera with Sam Jones Herself 2014-02-06
Movie Kill the Messenger Anna Simons 2014-10-09
Movie Got A Girl: products for a luxurious lifestyle Woman 2014-06-29
Series Fargo Nikki Swango 2014-04-15
Movie A Good Day to Die Hard Lucy McClane 2013-02-06
Movie A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kate 2013-02-08
Movie The Spectacular Now Holly Keely 2013-08-02
Movie A.C.O.D. Lauren Stinger 2013-10-03
Movie Casque Girl 2012-01-01
Movie Smashed Kate Hannah 2012-01-22
Movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Todd Lincoln 2012-06-20
Series Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself 2012-06-08
Series The Beauty Inside Leah 2012-08-15
Movie Cost of Living The Computer (voice) 2011-09-22
Movie The Scarf Woman 2011-11-09
Movie Magnificat Lynn 2011-12-31
Movie The Thing Kate Lloyd 2011-10-12
Movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Ramona Flowers 2010-08-12
Movie The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' Herself 2010-11-09
Movie Make It Happen Lauryn Kirk 2008-08-08
Movie Grindhouse Lee Montgomery (segment "Death Proof") 2007-04-06
Movie Death Proof Lee Montgomery 2007-05-22
Movie Live Free or Die Hard Lucy McClane 2007-06-20
Movie Final Destination 3 Wendy Christensen 2006-02-09
Movie Dead Teenager Movie Unknown 2006-07-25
Movie Factory Girl Ingrid Superstar 2006-12-29
Movie Bobby Susan Taylor 2006-09-05
Movie Black Christmas Heather Fitzgerald 2006-12-15
Movie The Ring Two Young Evelyn 2005-03-17
Movie Sky High Gwen Grayson / Royal Pain 2005-07-29
Movie Checking Out Lisa Apple 2005-04-10
Series Commander in Chief Unknown 2005-09-27
Movie Monster Island Maddy 2004-03-07
Series Tru Calling Bridget Elkins 2003-10-30
Series Wolf Lake Sophia Donner 2001-09-19
Series Passions Jessica Bennett 1999-07-05
Movie The Long Road Home Annie Jacobs 1999-01-01
Series The View Herself 1997-08-11
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-17
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21