Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Actress
With a winning, wholesome demeanor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead began her acting career as a child in her native Utah, before making the climb into studio feature films. A high-profile string of surprisingly strong ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1984 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Alex of Venice 2015 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

The Cellar 2015 (Movie)

Michelle Burke (Actor)

The Returned 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Kill the Messenger 2014 (Movie)

Anna Simons (Actor)

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III 2013 (Movie)

Victoria (Actor)

A Good Day to Die Hard 2013 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

A.C.O.D. 2013 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

Faults 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Spectacular Now 2013 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012 (Movie)

Mary Todd Lincoln (Actor)

Smashed 2012 (Movie)

Kate Hannah (Actor)

The Thing 2011 (Movie)

Kate Lloyd (Actor)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010 (Movie)

Ramona Flowers (Actor)

Death Proof 2007 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Live Free or Die Hard 2007 (Movie)

Lucy McClane (Actor)

Make it Happen 2007 (Movie)

Lauryn (Actor)

Black Christmas 2006 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Susan Taylor (Actor)

Checking Out 2006 (Movie)

Lisa Apple (Actor)

Factory Girl 2006 (Movie)

Ingrid Superstar (Actor)

Final Destination 3 2006 (Movie)

Wendy Christensen (Actor)

Sky High 2005 (Movie)

Gwen/Royal Pain (Actor)

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

Young Evelyn (Actor)

Monster Island 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tru Calling 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wolf Lake 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Passions (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Faults 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

With a winning, wholesome demeanor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead began her acting career as a child in her native Utah, before making the climb into studio feature films. A high-profile string of surprisingly strong performances in genre teen and horror features such as "Sky High" (2005), "Final Destination 3" (2006), "Black Christmas" (2006) and Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" half of the double-bill, "Grindhouse" (2007) showcased her resourceful girl-next-door charms to excellent effect. She continued to impress, playing Bruce Willis's fiery daughter in "Live Free or Die Hard" (2007) and the anime-inspired punk Ramona V. Flowers in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010). Although a lead role in the ill-advised prequel to John Carpenter's "The Thing" (2011) led to a box office bomb, Winstead's follow up as an alcoholic schoolteacher looking to get her life back on track in "Smashed" (2012) earned the actress the critical accolades she had sought for so long. Intriguingly relatable and charming with definite star quality, Winstead seemed poised to ascend to even greater heights in the Hollywood echelon.

Relationships

Ava Gardner Actor

Cousin
Winstead stated her maternal grandfather was a cousin of Gardner

Betty Knight

Mother

Riley Stearns

Husband
Married Oct. 9, 2010

James Winstead

Father

Milestones

2013

Reprised role opposite Bruce Willis’ John McClaine in action thriller "A Good Day to Die Hard"

2012

Cast opposite Charlie Sheen in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," directed by Roman Coppola

2012

Played First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln in genre mash-up "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," based on novel by Seth Grahame-Smith

2012

Co-starred with Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer in relationship drama "Smashed"

2011

Co-starred with Joel Edgerton in sci-fi mystery feature "The Thing"

2010

Acted opposite Michael Cera in comic book adaptation "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"

2007

Cast opposite Bruce Willis in "Live Free or Die Hard," the fourth "Die Hard" sequel

2007

Cast in "Death Proof," one half of Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration "Grindhouse"; directed by Tarantino

2006

Cast in horror sequel "Final Destination 3"

2006

Landed first leading role in "Black Christmas," a remake of 1974 horror film of the same name

2006

Cast in Emilio Estevez's ensemble drama "Bobby"

2005

Cast in ensemble Disney film "Sky High"

2004

Appeared in made-for-television film "Monster Island" (MTV)

1999

Cast as Jessica Bennett on soap opera "Passions" (NBC)

1997

Began appearing in episodes of CBS television series "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land"

Attended Joffrey Ballet School in New York City at age 11

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