Samantha Weinstein Dies: ‘Alias Grace’, ‘Carrie’ Remake Actor Was 28

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Samantha Weinstein, a Canadian actor who appeared in the 2013 remake of Stephen King’s Carrie starring Chloë Grace Moretz, died May 14 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto after being diagnosed in 2021 with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She was 28.

Her death was announced on her Instagram page by her family. “After two and a half years of cancer treatment, and a lifetime of jet setting around the world, voicing a plethora of cartoon animals, making music, and knowing more about life than most people ever will, she is off on her next adventure,” her family wrote.

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Launching her show business career as a child actor in 2003 with a role on an episode of the Canadian TV series The Red Green Show, Weinstein would go on to appear in such series as The Winning Season (2004), Wild Card (2005), The Border (2008), Less Than Kind (2010, Alias Grace (2018) and Burden of Truth (2020), among others. Her film credits included Jesus Henry Christ (2011), and she played the role of Heather in the Carrie remake.

A prolific voice actor, Weinstein’s credits included the animated series Babar and the Adventures of Badou, The ZhuZhus, Let’s Go Luna!, Kingdom Force and Dino Ranch. She was also a musician, playing guitar in her band Killer Virgins.

Last year in an online essay, Weinstein wrote about living with cancer, coming out as non-binary and her wedding to husband Michael Knutson. He survives her, as do her parents David and Jojo Weinstein, and sister Sabrina Weinstein.


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