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Mary Elizabeth Winstead (born November 28, 1984) is an American actress.
Winstead was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to James Ronald Winstead and Betty Lou Knight; she has four older siblings (three sisters and a brother) and is a distant cousin of actress Ava Gardner. She grew up in North Carolina and Salt Lake City, Utah. Wanting to be a ballerina from a young age, Winstead attended the Geoffrey Ballet School in New York City at age 11, and began taking acting classes shortly after.
Winstead began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in episodes of the television series Touched by an Angel and Promised Land, before being cast as Jessica Bennett in the 1999 soap opera, Passions, a role she played until 2000. She subsequently appeared in the short-lived series, Wolf Lake, and in the made-for-television film, Monster Island.
In 2005, Winstead was part of a large ensemble of teen actors in the successful Disney film, Sky High. In the same year, she appeared in the independent film, Checking Out, playing one of the members of a dysfunctional Jewish family; the film has yet to be released. Her next film, Final Destination 3, was a horror sequel that was released in February 2006 to strong box office (Winstead had previously auditioned for Final Destination 2); her co-star in the film was actor Ryan Merriman, who had appeared in the Ring Two, a film in which Winstead had a minor role which was cut from the finished film. Winstead had a very brief nudescene in the Final Destination 3 which was a love scene between her character “Wendy” and Ryan Merrimans character, “Kevin” which showed topless nudity of Winstead. But when Winstead changed her mind and decided she did not want to expose herself in a film, the shot was removed from the finished movie. The scene took place shortly after Lewis Romeros death. Wendy and Kevin went into the showers to wash the blood off of them. The scene ended in Wendy and Kevin having sex. [Wiki]