Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    November 28, 1984
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
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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.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Water Crisis Herself / Ramona Flowers 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Helena Bertinelli / Huntress 2020
Gemini Man Danny Zakarweski 2019
The Parts You Lose Gail 2019
All About Nina Nina Geld 2018
So It Goes Samantha 2017
The Hollars Gwen 2016
Swiss Army Man Sarah 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane Michelle 2016
Alex of Venice Alex Vedder 2015
Exposed Anna Loach 2015
Kill the Messenger Anna Simons 2014
Got A Girl: products for a luxurious lifestyle Woman 2014
Faults Claire 2014
Showing Up Herself 2014
A.C.O.D. Lauren Stinger 2013
The Spectacular Now Holly Keely 2013
A Good Day to Die Hard Lucy McClane 2013
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Kate 2012
Smashed Kate Hannah 2012
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Todd Lincoln 2012
Casque Girl 2012
Magnificat Lynn 2011
The Scarf Woman 2011
The Thing Kate Lloyd 2011
Cost of Living The Computer 2011
The Making of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' Herself 2010
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Ramona V. Flowers 2010
Make It Happen Lauryn Kirk 2008
Live Free or Die Hard Lucy McClane 2007
Death Proof Lee Montgomery 2007
Grindhouse Lee Montgomery (segment "Death Proof") 2007
Factory Girl Ingrid Superstar 2006
Black Christmas Heather Fitzgerald 2006
Bobby Susan Taylor 2006
Dead Teenager Movie 2006
Final Destination 3 Wendy Christensen 2006
Sky High Gwen Grayson / Royal Pain 2005
Checking Out Lisa Apple 2005
The Ring Two Young Evelyn 2005
Monster Island Maddy 2004
The Long Road Home Annie Jacobs 1999
Kate Kate
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Wolf Lake Sophia Donner <mt>
The Returned Rowan Blackshaw <mt>
BrainDead Laurel Healy <mt>
Tru Calling Bridget Elkins <mt>
Mercy Street Mary Phinney <mt>
Passions Jessica Bennett <mt>
Fargo Nikki Swango <mt>
The Beauty Inside Leah <mt>
Love, Death & Robots Gali <mt>
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The View Herself <mt>
Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself <mt>
Danger & Eggs Trix Blixon <mt>
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Off Camera with Sam Jones Herself <mt>

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Movie : 10 Cloverfield Lane   |   Character : Michelle

By : Brad Harris | Date : 2 years ago