Oct. 29th, 1971
Winona, Minnesota, USA
Winona Ryder's Main TV Roles
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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".
- Appeared on the cover of the June 2002 cover of W magazine wearing a "Free Winona" T-shirt. "Free Winona" T-shirts became popular over the Internet following her December 22, 2001 arrest, with many fans sporting them and purses in support.
- 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.
- (1996) Began work on _Girl, Interrupted (1999)_ (qv), which took four more years to make it to the screen.
- 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).
- Her favorite book is 'J.D. Salinger' (qv)'s "The Catcher in the Rye." She says she owns every paperback edition and translations.
- (March 2000) Presented Best Picture contender _The Cider House Rules (1999)_ (qv) at the 72nd Academy Awards.
- Graduated from Petaluma High School with a 4.0 GPA.
- (1994) Turned down the lead role in _Sabrina (1995)_ (qv) because she felt she could not fill 'Audrey Hepburn' (qv)'s shoes and that the role was marked by sexism.