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Winona Ryder ACTOR


Winona Ryder was born on October 29th, 1971 in Winona, Minnesota with the birth name Winona Laura Horowitz.  Her mother, Cynthia Palmer was an author and video producer and her father Michael Horowitz was also a working author, editor and publisher. 
She grew up on a ranch in Northern California with seven other families with no electricity or television.  At the age of ten she began to develop an interest in acting and her family relocated again to Petaluma, California.  She soon took up acting classes at the American Conservatory Theater and earned her high school diploma from Petaluma High in 1989 graduating with a 4.0 GPA. 
Winona began auditioning for parts and soon the director, David Seltzer took notice of her and chose to cast her in the film, "Lucas" (1986).  It did not take long for her to begin to get noticed in Hollywood and soon she was appearing on such films as, "Square Dance" (1987), "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael" (1990), "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), and "Mermaids" (1990). 
Ryder was gaining a fan base quickly and was becoming quite desired in the industry.  She followed with roles in such feature films as, "The Age of Innocence" (1993), "The House of Spirits" (1993), "Reality Bites" (1994) and "Little Woman" (1994) for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best actress, "Alien Resurrection" (1997) and "Girl Interrupted" (1999).
Although she was making quite a name for herself in the industry on a professional level, she was also becoming a big focus of the media.  Her personal relationship with actor Johnny Depp was the constant focus of tabloids and also the publicized information that she was dealing with anxiety and depression caused her to slow down on taking on so many roles. 
She had also graced magazines when word got out about a shoplifting incident that occurred in 2001.  The charges came out as grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism from a Saks Fifth Avenue Store in Beverly Hills, California over designer fashion clothing.  She was sentenced to three years' probation, 480 hours of community service, $3,700 in fines and $6,355 in restitution to the Saks Fifth Avenue store.
After she took some time to focus on getting her personal life back in order, she returned to working in films appearing on, "Mr. Deeds, "S1mOne" (both 2002),"Strangers With Candy" (2000), "Masters of Horror" (2006), "Star Trek" (2009), "Black Swan" (2010), "The Dilemma" (2011) which was directed by Ron Howard and soon to release, "Frankenweenie" (2012).
She also added a number of guest appearances on television series to her resume such as, "The Simpson's" and "Friends".  She has also appeared in a number of commercials throughout her career for such products as, 'Subaru Cars', 'CafĂ© Latte', 'Marc Jacobs' and for Giorgio Armani. 
Winona was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  A number of magazines have also honored Ryder such as Empire magazine ranking her #42 on their the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list in 1997 and People's magazine chose her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.

She currently owns a three bedroom house in San Francisco and also a four bedroom residence in Los Angeles.  She is not married and does not have any children of her own.


2012 Frankenweenie 
2012 The Stare
2011 The Dilemma 
2010 Black Swan 
2010 Hallmark Hall of Fame 
2009 Star Trek
2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 
2009 Water Pills 
2008 The Informers 
2008 The Last Word
2007 Welcome 
2007 Sex and Death 101
2007 The Ten
2006 A Scanner Darkly 
2006 The Darwin Awards 
2006 Masters of Horror
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
2002 S1m0ne
2002 Mr. Deeds 
2001 Friends
2000 Strangers with Candy
2000 Lost Souls
2000 Autumn in New York 
1999 Girl, Interrupted 
1998 Celebrity 
1997 Alien: Resurrection
1996 The Crucible 
1996 Boys
1996 Looking for Richard 
1995 How to Make an American Quilt 
1994 Little Women 
1994 The Simpson
1994 Reality Bites
1993 The House of the Spirits
1993 The Age of Innocence 
1992 Dracula
1991 Night on Earth 
1990 Mermaids 
1990 Edward Scissorhands 
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael 
1989 Great Balls of Fire! 
1988 Heathers
1988 1969 
1988 Beetlejuice 
1987 Square Dance 
1986 Lucas 

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