Mary Elizabeth Winstead (born November 28, 1984) is an American actress. She has been called a scream queen, à la Jamie Lee Curtis, because of her roles in the horror films Final Destination 3, Black Christmas and Death Proof, but she has also branched out into other genres, including comedy (Sky High), drama (Bobby) and action (Live Free or Die Hard). She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work in Passions, and she was part of the cast of Bobby nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Winstead was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the daughter of Betty Lou (née Knight) and James Ronald Winstead. When she was five, her family moved to Sandy, Utah, a Salt Lake City suburb. Her interest in performing art also began to emerge with interests in ballet and acting. As a child, Winstead appeared in the Mountain West Ballet's version of The Nutcracker. Hoping to become a ballerina, at the age of eleven, she received the opportunity to study dance in a summer program of the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. There, she studied ballet and jazz dance, but decided to also study acting. Winstead ended up appearing on Broadway during Donny Osmond’s successful