Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

Oct. 29th, 1971
Born in
Winona, Minnesota, USA
5' 4

Winona Ryder's Main TV Roles

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

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Experimenter
2013 - Homefront
2012 - Frankenweenie
2012 - The Iceman
2011 - The Dilemma
2010 - Black Swan
2010 - Black Swan
2009 - Star Trek
2009 - The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
2009 - Stay Cool
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 - Being John Malkovich
1999 - Girl, Interrupted
1998 - Celebrity
1997 - Alien: Resurrection
1996 - The Crucible
1996 - Boys
1994 - Reality Bites
1994 - Little Women
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 - Mermaids
1990 - Edward Scissorhands
1990 - Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
1989 - Great Balls of Fire!
1988 - Beetlejuice
1988 - 1969
1986 - Lucas

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Mary Dyer
Melissa Warburton
Allison Taylor (Voiced)
Winona Ryder
[Complete List]


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".

  • (October 1997) Ranked #42 in Empire (UK) magazine's the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list.
  • Beat poet 'Allen Ginsberg' (qv) was a close friend of her parents.
  • Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Her participation in _The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)_ (qv) was reported by Italian newspapers months before the official announcements were made; Ryder claims she met author 'J.T. LeRoy' (qv) in 1993 at an opera.
  • Suffers from insomnia. She allegedly has had a habit of talking on the phone with actor 'Al Pacino' (qv), who also suffers from insomnia.
  • (1997) The role of Nola in _Celebrity (1998)_ (qv) was actually written for 'Drew Barrymore (I)' (qv).

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