Mary Winstead was born November 28, 1984 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Winstead was raised in Sandy, Utah, near Salt Lake City. As a young girl Winstead pursued interests in ballet and acting. Hoping to become a ballerina, Mary appeared in a professional ballet company’s performance of The Nutcracker, and spent a summer studying at the Loffrey Ballet School in New York City. At that point Winstead decided to also pursue an acting career, and earned a role on Broadway as part of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which starred Donny Osmond.
Winstead went on as a teen to land roles on television, appearing on Touched by an Angel (1997) and Promised Land (1998), among others. In 2005, Mary gained mainstream visibility for her role in Disney’s Sky High, a family superhero film that did well in theatres and among critics. Winstead starred as Gwen Grayson, the alter ego of the supervillain, Royal Pain.
It was then that Winstead began taking roles that later helped earn her unofficial title of scream queen. After starring in Sky High, Winstead landed a role in Final Destination 3. Mary failed to play a part in the second film in the trilogy, but reappeared in the third installment. WInstead then appeared in their sorority slasher flick Black Christmas (2006). Mary also played an inadvertent role in satirizing her own signature genre when The Tonight Show host Jay Leno, unaware of who she was, knocked at her front door and included her in a comedic segment for the show that spoofed horror movies. Winstead later starred in Death Proof (2007), and has also shown her acting talents in the film drama Bobby (2006) and the massively successful action thriller and fourth installment in the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard (2007), starring Bruce Willis. Winstead plays Lucy, John McClane’s daughter who gets taken hostage by domestic terrorists. Mary also got back to her roots in the lead role in Make It Happen (2008), a dance film.
Has three older sisters and an older brother.
Enjoys cooking, sewing, dancing, and singing.