Mary Elizabeth Winstead

LOS ANGELES - OCT 10:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead arriving at the P

Winstead in 2011, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

Place of Birth: Rocky Mount, Nash, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 28, 1984

Ethnicity: English

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American actress and singer. She is of English descent. Her family has lived in the United States, and in the American South in general, for many generations.

Mary Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was Ambler William “Jack” Winstead (the son of George William Alford Winstead and Rosa Berdie Wells). Ambler was born in North Carolina. George was the son of George Washington Winstead and Rilda Annie/Anna Olive Gardner. Rosa was the daughter of John Bernet Wells and Martha Williamanne Roberson.

Mary Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Oveda Rochelle Proctor (the daughter of Walter Young Proctor and Eva Gertrude Bowden). Oveda was born in North Carolina. Walter was the son of John F. Proctor and Lucy Jane Batchelor. Eva was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Bowden and Sarah Elizabeth Batten.

Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Johnnie/Johnny Wilbur/Wilber Knight (the son of Wilbur/Wilber Lee Knight and Nancy/Lucy Bell Tucker). The Rev. Johnnie was born in North Carolina, and was a Church of God minister. Wilbur was the son of John Robert Knight and Dorcus Elizabeth/M. Sparks.

Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Virgie Kathleen Strickland (the daughter of James Purdie Strickland and Mittie Elizabeth Horne). Virgie was born in North Carolina. James was the son of Isaac Calvin Strickland and Idella Frances Warren. Mittie was the daughter of John Franklin/Frank Horne and Martha Elizabeth Jolly.

Mary Elizabeth is a second cousin, three times removed, of actress Ava Gardner. Mary Elizabeth’s paternal great-grandfather, George William Alford Winstead, was the son of George Washington Winstead and Rilda Annie/Anna Olive Gardner. Rilda was the daughter of William Spencer Gardner and Elizabeth Weaver Edwards. William was the son of William Gardner and Cynthia Eliza Batts. William and Cynthia, Mary Elizabeth’s great-great-great-great-grandparents, were also the paternal great-grandparents of Ava Gardner.

It is sometimes claimed on the internet that Mary Elizabeth has some degree of Native American ancestry. No Native American ancestry has been verified/documented in any publicly available family trees of Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Mary Elizabeth’s surname, Winstead, is shared by the paternal grandmother of actress Evan Rachel Wood, who is also from North Carolina. While Mary Elizabeth and Evan likely have a common Winstead ancestor, this shared connection is distant, in or before the mid 1700s.

Sources: Genealogy of Mary Elizabeth Winstead – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents, The Rev. Johnnie/Johnny Wilbur/Wilber Knight and Virgie Kathleen Strickland – http://www.findagrave.com

2011 Eyegore Awards - Arrivals

Winstead in 2011, photo by PrPhotos.com

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44 Responses

  1. Reefshark says:

    YES! She is Part Asian.
    Her biography is a Bought and Paid for LIE.
    THe first thing Celebrities Do before they become Famous, maybe before they start out in the Movie Business is SCRUB THEIR PERSONAL HISTORY of ANYTHING they don’t like or BELIEVE the Industry wont like.
    Have you people Forgotten about Raquel Welch?!?! Who was not even NAMED Raquel Welch?
    Who had a History of Doing porn and had the studios Go to Mexico (where she was From) and buy EVERY PORN MOVIE she made? Don’t Believe What you Read. it’s Not ALL a lie (THey are Smarter than that) but But enough of it is to shade the truth.
    NOBODY gets a face and Eyes like that without Asian ancestry
    Believe your EYES!
    What do you See?
    A half-Asian woman.
    Believe that.

    • passingtime85 says:

      Calm down Beavis.

      • jackson9 says:

        I think Reefshark is on to something! Which Asian culture though is she ethnically? Japanese? Korean? etc. Are you sure she is 50% Asian exactly though? not 62.5%? And tell us more about why the industry is so racist against Asian celebrities, please.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Raquel Welch did porn?

      • passingtime85 says:

        Old Hollywood rumor. The rumor mill basically says all major female film stars from the silent era to the now have either worked as child prostitutes and/or adult prostitutes, were in porns , were female impersonators, had sex reassignment surgery or were hermaphrodites/intersex, were heavily into swinging culture, or were into bestiality or incest, slept with any and all co-stars (male and female), directors, producers, agents, managers, studio heads, writers, anyone who was famous or about to be famous, or were closeted lesbians that had all women orgies disguised as “sewing parties”. Sometimes the rumors get darker and involve sex cults or satanic/demon worship stuff that crosses sex and murder and blood offerings to keep success, wealth, fame, youth.

        The rabbit hole can get very deep and eventually goes off the rails and turns into one world governments, or aliens, or lizard people, or extra-dimensional beings feeding off of psychic energy… It’s all just a mess of nonsense.

        Almost all of it is completely unsubstantiated. It’s frequently mentioned on multiple message boards that collect these rumors, but it’s all decades old information that just keeps getting repeated over, and over, and over with nothing to back it up.

        Think of a major starlet from 1910-2000 and she’s probably been apart of the gossip. It’s less frequent in the information age, but the rumors still persist for the younger generation of actresses that have been born in the last 20 years or so.

        Oddly enough while there have been rumors about male actors, they seem to be less frequent and less intense. Women seems to get the brunt of the attacks.

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