Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American actress and singer born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Before getting a start in Hollywood, Mary worked as a theatre artist. Her most notable performances were in The Nutcracker and the Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. These performances helped her bag some minor roles in television series such as Touched by an Angel and Promised Land (1996-1999). Mary gained recognition when she was cast for the character of Jessica Bennett in the television series Passions (1999).