Winona Ryder was born on October 29, 1971 in Winona, Minnesota. She grew up on a commune without electricity on a Northern California ranch. Her godfather was Timothy Leary and her parents were friends with poet Allen Ginsberg.
Winona's birth name is Winona Laura Horowitz and she
goes by the nick name Noni.
Director David Selter spotted her and cast her in LUCAS (1986).
When telephoned to ask how she'd like to have her name appear
on the credits, she suggested Ryder as her father's Mitch Ryder
album was playing the background.
In most of Winona's films, she's played a journalist, reporter,
a writer, or just a teenager who writes in a journal or diary.
Ryder and Johnny Depp were an item for many years in their salad days. He had "Winona Forever" tatooed on his arm. When they broke up, he had it altered to say "Wino Forever"
In 1996, Winona Ryder was chosen as one of the "Top Players
Under 35" list by People magazine. In 1997, Winona was Ranked
#42 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All
Time" list, and Ryder was chosen by "People" magazine as one
of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World."
Winona received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood in
October 2000, and, for the event, was voted Best Dressed Celebrity
of the Week by Entertainment Weekly. Ryder was a jury member at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1994 for her performance in AGE OF INNOCENCE and in 1995, her role in LITTLE WOMEN. She won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in The AGE OF INNOCENCE. Winona was an Executive Producer for GIRL INTERRUTED.
She is best known for her roles as a goth styled daughter in BEETLEJUICE, the teenage love interest in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, Jo, the writer in LITTLE WOMEN, a defendant in THE CRUCIBLE, a girl stuck in a mental institution in GIRL INTERRUPTED, Lucy, the love intereste in DRACULA, an artificial life form searching for her identity in ALIEN RESURRECTION and most recently veteran ballet dancer in BLACK SWAN.
Winona Ryder's other notable credits include...
THE STARE (2012)
THE DILEMMA (2011)
BLACK SWAN (2010)
STAR TREK (2009)
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (2009)
THE LAST WORD (2008)
SEX AND DEATH 101 (2007)
THE TEN (2007)
A SCANNER DARKLY (2006)
THE DARWIN AWARDS (2006)
THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS (2004)
THE DAY MY GOD DIED (2003)
MR. DEEDS (2002)
ALIEN RESURRECTION (1997)
THE CRUCIBLE (1996)
LITTLE WOMEN (1994)
Winona Ryder in BLACK SWAN (2010)
Winona Ryder in STAR TREK (2009)
Winona Ryder in GIRL INTERRUPTED
Ryder in REALITY BITES (1994)
Ryder in BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA
Winona Ryder in EDWARD
Ryder in ALIEN: RESURRECTION (1997)
Winona Ryder in BEETLEJUICE.
Winona Ryder in DRACULA (1992)
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