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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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Nov 28, 1984 In Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Kate
Latest Project:
Movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 2020-02-05
Known For
Poster of Love, Death & Robots
Poster of Brad Neely's Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio
Poster of The Beauty Inside
Poster of Passions
Movie Kate Kate
Movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Helena Bertinelli / Huntress
Series Love, Death & Robots Gali
Movie Gemini Man Danny Zakarweski
Movie The Parts You Lose Gail
Movie All About Nina Nina Geld
Movie So It Goes Samantha
Movie The Hollars Gwen
Series Brad Neely's Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio Unknown
Movie Swiss Army Man Sarah
Series BrainDead Laurel Healy
Movie 10 Cloverfield Lane Michelle
Series Mercy Street Mary Phinney
Movie Alex of Venice Alex Vedder
Movie Exposed Anna Loach
Series The Returned Rowan Blackshaw
Movie Showing Up Herself
Movie Faults Claire
Movie Kill the Messenger Anna Simons
Series Fargo Nikki Swango
Movie A.C.O.D. Lauren Stinger
Movie The Spectacular Now Holly Keely
Movie A Good Day to Die Hard Lucy McClane
Movie A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kate
Movie Smashed Kate Hannah
Series The Beauty Inside Leah
Movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Todd Lincoln
Movie Casque Girl
Movie Cost of Living The Computer (voice)
Movie The Scarf Unknown
Movie The Thing Kate Lloyd
Movie Magnificat Lynn
Movie The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' Herself
Movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Ramona V. Flowers
Movie Make It Happen Lauryn Kirk
Movie Live Free or Die Hard Lucy McClane
Movie Death Proof Lee Montgomery
Movie Grindhouse Lee Montgomery (segment "Death Proof")
Movie Factory Girl Ingrid Superstar
Movie Black Christmas Heather Fitzgerald
Movie Bobby Susan Taylor
Movie Final Destination 3 Wendy Christensen
Movie The Ring Two Young Evelyn
Movie Checking Out Lisa Apple
Series Commander in Chief Unknown
Movie Sky High Gwen Grayson / Royal Pain
Movie Monster Island Maddy
Series Tru Calling Bridget Elkins
Series Wolf Lake Sophia Donner
Series Passions Jessica Bennett
Movie Long Road Home Annie Jacobs
Series The View Herself
Series Promised Land Unknown
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown