Oct. 29th, 1971
Winona, Minnesota, USA
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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".
- Had several films that were announced but later canceled in the mid-2000s: 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv)'s "The Widow Claire," 'Norman Jewison' (qv)'s "Embers," 'Jonas Åkerlund' (qv)'s "Oskur Fishman," and 'Elie Chouraqui' (qv)'s "Beyond Friendship.".
- Avid reader of 1960s literature ('Allen Ginsberg' (qv), 'Jack Kerouac' (qv)), but also 'F. Scott Fitzgerald' (qv), 'Jane Austen (I)' (qv), 'Aldous Huxley' (qv), 'Oscar Wilde' (qv), and many more. All-time favorite book is "The Catcher in the Rye" by 'J.D. Salinger' (qv).
- (2000) Refused to do promotion for _Lost Souls (2000)_ (qv).
- Suffers from insomnia. She allegedly has had a habit of talking on the phone with actor 'Al Pacino' (qv), who also suffers from insomnia.
- Her father's family was originally named 'Tomchin', however she stated that they were wrongly assigned the name of the family that they were travelling with when they arrived at Ellis Island, in 1906.
- She has a younger brother 'Uri Horowitz' (qv) (named after 'Yuri Gagarin' (qv)), an older half-brother 'Jubal Palmer' (qv) and an older half-sister 'Sunyata Palmer' (qv).
- Presented singer 'Björk (I)' (qv) at the 2001 Academy Awards in the category Best Original Song.
- (2000) Upset with MGM for refusing to pre-screen _Autumn in New York (2000)_ (qv), saying she was very proud of the film and that the studio was giving it a bad name before it was even released.