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Mary Elizabeth Winstead grew up in Salt Lake City and North Carolina and is a mix of Scots-Irish and English ancestry. She had dreams of becoming a ballerina and attended the Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago when she was 11. She was forced to quit ballet, however, due to her height.
Mary Elizabeth said, “I’ve been performing since I came out of the womb. I’ve been dancing and singing since I was a toddler. Acting seemed like a natural progression from that. I just started getting roles naturally because it was something I was interested in.”
Her theatre credits include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “The Nutcracker.” Her TV credits include “Passions,” (for which she received nominations from the Hollywood Reporters’ Young Star Awards and the Young Artist Awards), “Promised Land,” “Tru Calling” and “Touched by an Angel,” among others. Her film credits include “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Live Free or Die Hard.”
As to her Scream Queen title, she said, “I don’t feel I really played that part. ‘Final Destination 3’ isn’t about running away screaming ‘Don’t kill me!’ It’s more like an action disaster movie.”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead admitted, “Some [roles] I actually chose not to do…because I don’t really just want to be the blockbuster star, and I don’t necessarily want to sign onto seven films in a role that I’m not really passionate about.”
In 2007, Empire magazine ranked her #100 in the top 100 Sexiest Stars in film history. In 2010, she was named as the Hottest Girls of Comic-Con.
Her hobbies include cooking, dancing and singing. She is also a distant cousin of actress Ava Gardner. She is also working with Dan the Automator and is planning on releasing a music album.
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As to her figure, Mary Elizabeth Winstead said, “I’m from North Carolina, where it’s all about greasy, fatty foods. I like having curves. It’s weird seeing girls who look like beanpoles. The more famous girls get, the smaller they get.”
Mary Elizabeth said about the men she likes, “It’s not the whiskers on the man, but rather the man beneath the whiskers.”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is married to writer Riley Stearns and they live in Los Angeles.