Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

Age
43
Birthday
Oct. 29th, 1971
Born in
Winona, Minnesota, USA
Height
5' 4

Winona Ryder's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
100 Greatest Teen Stars TV Show
100 Greatest Teen Stars
Turks and Caicos (UK) TV Show
Turks and Caicos (UK)
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons TV Show
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
 

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Homefront
2012 - Frankenweenie
2012 - The Iceman
2011 - The Dilemma
2010 - Black Swan
2010 - Black Swan
2009 - Star Trek
2009 - Stay Cool
2009 - The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
2007 - The Ten
2006 - The Darwin Awards
2006 - A Scanner Darkly
2005 - Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
2002 - S1m0ne
2002 - Mr. Deeds
2001 - Zoolander
2000 - Lost Souls
2000 - Autumn in New York
1999 - Girl, Interrupted
1999 - Being John Malkovich
1998 - Celebrity
1997 - Alien: Resurrection
1996 - The Crucible
1996 - Boys
1994 - Little Women
1994 - Reality Bites
1993 - The Age of Innocence
1993 - The House of the Spirits
1992 - Bram Stoker's Dracula
1992 - Bram Stoker's Dracula
1991 - Night on Earth
1990 - Edward Scissorhands
1990 - Mermaids
1990 - Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
1989 - Great Balls of Fire!
1988 - 1969
1988 - Beetlejuice
1986 - Lucas

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

Winona Ryder was born Winona Horowitz and named after the town in which she was born, Winona Minnesota. She grew up in a ranch commune in Northern California where there was no electricity. She is the Goddaughter of Timothy Leary and her parents were friends of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and once edited a book called "Shaman Woman Mainline Lady" an anthology of writings on the drug experience in literature - this included one piece by Louisa May Alcott. Winona Ryder was later to star as Jo in this author's Little Women (1994). She moved with her parents to Petaluma (near San Francisco) when she was ten and enrolled in acting classes at the American Conservatory Theater. At 13 she had a video audition to the film Desert Bloom (1986), but didn't get the part. Director David Seltzer (I), however, 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. Ryder was selected for the part of Mary Corleone in The Godfather: Part III (1990), but had to drop out of the role after catching the flu from the strain of doing the films Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990) and Mermaids (1990) back to back. She said she didn't want to let everyone down by doing a substandard performance. She later made The Age of Innocence (1993) which was directed by Martin Scorsese, who she believes to be "the best director in the world".


TRIVIA:
  • (December 12, 2001) Was arrested in Beverly Hills for allegedly stealing clothing items and carrying illegal pharmaceutical drugs without a prescription. Her lawyer denied the accusations, and Winona was released later that evening on $20,000 bail. Despite her alleged crime, Beverly Hills police described her as "very friendly, polite, and cooperative" and "a nice lady."
  • Says 'Sarah Miles (I)' (qv)'s performance in _Ryan's Daughter (1970/I)_ (qv) inspired her to become a professional actress.
  • Her real hair color is blonde but when she made her first major film, _Lucas (1986)_ (qv), her hair color was dyed black. She was told to keep it that color and with the exception of _Edward Scissorhands (1990)_ (qv)it has stayed that color since.
  • (16 August 2001) Suffered severe stomach pains and doubled over in pain. She was sent to her hotel room in London, England, UK, and later was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a severe gastroenterological disorder. She left the UK on August 24th. The sickness caused her to drop out of the (unreleased) film Lily and the Secret Planting (2002) and her part eventually went to 'Kate Winslet' (qv) instead. Winona was said to have been very passionate about her role in the film and was heartbroken to leave. The incident brought to mind the similar 1990 stomach flu that caused her to drop out of _The Godfather: Part III (1990)_ (qv) two days before filming began, causing a lot of controversy.
  • In 1995, she made yet another significant artistic departure, recording a spoken word reading of the famous diary of Anne Frank, for which she received a Grammy nomination. Winona became one of the few non-musicians to have been nominated for both an Oscar and a Grammy for different projects.
  • She is also into music and plays the guitar. Her favorite band at one point was 'The Replacements', but she also loves 'Tom Waits' (qv), 'Cocteau Twins' (qv), 'Wilco' (qv) and many others.
  • Was considered for the part of Janet in a big-screen remake of _"Three's Company" (1977)_ (qv) opposite 'Ben Stiller' (qv) and 'Cameron Diaz' (qv), but the project was eventually cancelled.
  • In late 1999, she started her own music company, Roustabout Studios.


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