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), ...

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

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As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. But when Ramona Flowers skates into his heart, he finds she has the most troublesome baggage of all: an army of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar Wright
CAST:  Michael Cera  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Kieran Culkin  •  Chris Evans

As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. But when Ramona Flowers skates into his heart, he finds she has the most troublesome baggage of all: an army of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar Wright
CAST:  Michael Cera  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Kieran Culkin  •  Chris Evans

Black Christmas (2006)

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glen Morgan
CAST:  Katie Cassidy  •  Michelle Trachtenberg  •  Kristen Cloke  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glen Morgan
CAST:  Katie Cassidy  •  Michelle Trachtenberg  •  Kristen Cloke  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Bobby (2006)

In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emilio Estevez
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Joy Bryant  •  Nick Cannon  •  Emilio Estevez

In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emilio Estevez
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Joy Bryant  •  Nick Cannon  •  Emilio Estevez

Checking Out (2005)

A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Hare
CAST:  Peter Falk  •  Laura San Giacomo  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

A famed stage actor reunites his family for a party, and plans to commit suicide after-wards, unless they are able to convince him not to.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Hare
CAST:  Peter Falk  •  Laura San Giacomo  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Factory Girl (2006)

In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a charismatic musician, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Guy Pearce  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Mena Suvari

In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a charismatic musician, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Guy Pearce  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Mena Suvari

Final Destination 3 (2006)

A student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from death itself – which seeks out those who escaped their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Wong
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Ryan Merriman  •  Kris Lemche  •  Alexz Johnson

A student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from death itself – which seeks out those who escaped their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Wong
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Ryan Merriman  •  Kris Lemche  •  Alexz Johnson

Grindhouse (2007)

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Two full-length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez put together as a two-film feature. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Zoë Bell  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Vanessa Ferlito

Two full-length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez put together as a two-film feature. Including fake movie trailers in between both movies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Zoë Bell  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Vanessa Ferlito

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

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John McClane is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer infrastructure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Len Wiseman
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Justin Long  •  Timothy Olyphant

John McClane is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer infrastructure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Len Wiseman
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Justin Long  •  Timothy Olyphant

Sky High (2005)

Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mitchell
CAST:  Michael Angarano  •  Kurt Russell  •  Kelly Preston  •  Danielle Panabaker

Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mitchell
CAST:  Michael Angarano  •  Kurt Russell  •  Kelly Preston  •  Danielle Panabaker

The Ring Two (2005)

Rachel Keller must prevent evil Samara from taking possession of her son's soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Nakata
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Simon Baker  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  David Dorfman

Rachel Keller must prevent evil Samara from taking possession of her son's soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Nakata
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Simon Baker  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  David Dorfman

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Timur Bekmambetov
CAST:  Benjamin Walker  •  Dominic Cooper  •  Anthony Mackie  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Timur Bekmambetov
CAST:  Benjamin Walker  •  Dominic Cooper  •  Anthony Mackie  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

The Spectacular Now (2013)

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Sutter, a popular party animal, unexpectedly meets the introverted Aimee after waking up on a stranger's lawn. As Sutter deals with the problems in his life and Aimee plans for her future beyond school, an unexpected romance blossoms between them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ponsoldt
CAST:  Miles Teller  •  Shailene Woodley  •  Brie Larson  •  Masam Holden

Sutter, a popular party animal, unexpectedly meets the introverted Aimee after waking up on a stranger's lawn. As Sutter deals with the problems in his life and Aimee plans for her future beyond school, an unexpected romance blossoms between them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ponsoldt
CAST:  Miles Teller  •  Shailene Woodley  •  Brie Larson  •  Masam Holden

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

Charles Swan III, a successful graphic designer, has it all: fame, money and devilish charm that have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. But when a perplexing beauty named Ivana suddenly ends their relationship, Charles is left heartbroken. With the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Coppola
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Jason Schwartzman  •  Bill Murray  •  Katheryn Winnick

Charles Swan III, a successful graphic designer, has it all: fame, money and devilish charm that have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. But when a perplexing beauty named Ivana suddenly ends their relationship, Charles is left heartbroken. With the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Coppola
CAST:  Charlie Sheen  •  Jason Schwartzman  •  Bill Murray  •  Katheryn Winnick

Smashed (2012)

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Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ponsoldt
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Aaron Paul  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Nick Offerman

Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ponsoldt
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Aaron Paul  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Nick Offerman

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Trachtenberg
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  John Goodman  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Douglas M. Griffin

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Trachtenberg
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  John Goodman  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Douglas M. Griffin

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

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Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, finds himself for the first time on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Moore
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Jai Courtney  •  Sebastian Koch  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, finds himself for the first time on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Moore
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Jai Courtney  •  Sebastian Koch  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

A.C.O.D. (2013)

A grown man is still caught in the crossfire of his parents' 15 year divorce. He discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Zicherman
CAST:  Adam Scott  •  Richard Jenkins  •  Catherine O'Hara  •  Amy Poehler

A grown man is still caught in the crossfire of his parents' 15 year divorce. He discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Zicherman
CAST:  Adam Scott  •  Richard Jenkins  •  Catherine O'Hara  •  Amy Poehler

Showing Up (2014)

An unprecedented look at the audition, compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell and Eli Wallach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riad Galayini  •  James Morrison
CAST:  Zoe Kazan  •  Nathan Lane  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  John Slattery

An unprecedented look at the audition, compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell and Eli Wallach.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riad Galayini  •  James Morrison
CAST:  Zoe Kazan  •  Nathan Lane  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  John Slattery

Make It Happen (2008)

Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Grant
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Riley Smith  •  John Reardon  •  Tessa Thompson

Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Grant
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Riley Smith  •  John Reardon  •  Tessa Thompson

The Long Road Home (1999)

After his mother died, twelve-year-old Seth George goes to live with his grandparents on their farm. Grouchy old Murdock is not very happy with the presence of his grandson and is rather hard on him. He was strongly opposed to the mixed marriage of his daughter ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Clyde
CAST:  Michael Ansara  •  T.J. Lowther  •  Sandra Shotwell  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead

After his mother died, twelve-year-old Seth George goes to live with his grandparents on their farm. Grouchy old Murdock is not very happy with the presence of his grandson and is rather hard on him. He was strongly opposed to the mixed marriage of his daughter ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Clyde
CAST:  Michael Ansara  •  T.J. Lowther  •  Sandra Shotwell  •  Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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