MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD (Anna Simons) began her career in the performing arts as
an adolescent in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her talent in dancing and acting earned
her the opportunity to study dance at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in
New York City. Soon after, she was appearing on Broadway and singing in the
International Children's Choir.
Ms. Winstead was nominated for the Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her
performance in James Ponsoldt's critically acclaimed Smashed, opposite Aaron
Paul. She reteamed with the filmmaker for his sleeper hit The Spectacular Now,
with Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.
Her other film credits include Timur Bekmambetov's period vampire adventure
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as Mary Todd Lincoln; Matthijs van Heijningen's
update of The Thing; the cult favorite action-comedy-fantasy Scott Pilgrim vs.
the World, directed by Edgar Wright; Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, half of
the Grindhouse double feature; Live Free or Die Hard, directed by Len Wiseman,
opposite Bruce Willis as his iconic John McClane character's daughter Lucy, a
role she later reprised in a cameo for A Good Day to Die Hard, directed by John
Moore; the Disney fantasy adventure Sky High, directed by Mike Mitchell; and
Emilio Estevez's Bobby, for which Ms. Winstead shared with her fellow actors
from the ensemble a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding
Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
She has played the lead female role in several notable independent features.
These have included Riley Stearns' cult-themed drama Faults and Chris Messina's
Alex of Venice, which world-premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
Returning to song, Ms. Winstead's debut album Got a Girl, in collaboration with
Dan "The Automater" Nakamura, is set for release in July 2014. A chance
encounter during the filming of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - which featured
several songs by Nakamura - led the pair to an unexpected meeting of minds and
musical tastes. Distilling and decanting the spirits of John Keats and Charlotte
Corday, Chopin and nouvelle chanson, Got a Girl serves up a sweet and sharply
carbonated cocktail of the epic, the baroque, and the absurd.
She will next star in the A&E television series The Returned, producer Carlton
Cuse's highly anticipated new drama adapted from the French series of the same