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Winona Ryder

Highest Rated:   95% Star Trek (2009)
Lowest Rated:   7% Lost Souls (2000)
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Birthplace:   Winona, Minnesota
Following her breakthrough in 1988's Beetlejuice, Winona Ryder emerged as one of the most celebrated actresses of her generation. Adept at playing characters ranging from depressed, angst-ridden goths to Edith Wharton debutantes, the saucer-eyed, porcelain-skinned Ryder has attained critical respect in addition to widespread popularity.Ryder was born in and named after the city of Winona, MN, on October 29, 1971. The daughter of communal hippies and the goddaughter of LSD guru Timothy Leary, she grew up on a commune in Northern California. Ryder's family moved to Petaluma when she was ten; following regular abuse from her classmates, who targeted her for her unconventional, androgynous appearance (she was once jumped by a group of boys who had mistaken her for a gay boy), she was home schooled. At the age of 11, she joined the American Conservatory Theatre, and was soon trying out for movie roles. An audition for the part of Jon Voight's daughter in Desert Bloom failed to yield a role but did land the actress an agent, and at the age of 14, Ryder -- who had changed her last name from Horowitz -- made her film debut in Lucas (1986).Finding popularity with her turn as a suicidal teen who has more in common with the ghosts living in her attic than with her yuppie parents in Tim Burton's black comedy Beetlejuice, Ryder quickly became one of the most steadily employed actresses in Hollywood. She continued to corner the alienated and/or confused teen market with starring roles in a number of offbeat films, including the 1989 cult classic Heathers, Great Balls of Fire (in which she played Jerry Lee Lewis' 13-year-old bride), Burton's Edward Scissorhands, and Mermaids.The early '90s saw Ryder begin to branch out from teen roles toward parts requiring greater maturity. Following a turn as a taxi driver in Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth (1991), the actress starred in Francis Ford Coppola's lavish adaptation Bram Stoker's Dracula and then went on to play Antonio Banderas' lover in the critically disembowelled The House of the Spirits. Greater success came with Martin Scorsese's 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Ryder won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Daniel Day-Lewis' picture-perfect wife, and in the process started getting taken seriously as an actress capable of playing more adult characters.A second Oscar nomination -- this time for Best Actress -- followed the next year for Ryder's portrayal of Jo March in Gillian Armstrong's adaptation of Little Women. The same year, the actress took on an entirely different role in Reality Bites, in which she played a twentysomething suffering from post-graduation angst. Similar twentysomething angst followed in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) but was then traded for Puritanical adultery, hair extensions, and another turn with Daniel Day-Lewis in Nicholas Hytner's 1996 adaptation of The Crucible.Following a starring role in the highly anticipated and almost as highly criticized Alien Resurrection in 1997, Ryder had a turn as the waif-ish object of Kenneth Branagh's affections in Woody Allen's Celebrity. She managed to escape much of the criticism leveled at both of these films, and in 1999 and 2000, she reappeared with lead roles in two films, Girl, Interrupted, in which she played a mental institution inmate in the female answer to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and the supernatural thriller Lost Souls. Winona shed her skin once more in 2002, when she took the romantic lead in Mr. Deeds, a typically goofy Adam Sandler vehicle. This was a surprising move for Ryder, who, despite making a niche for herself in nearly every imaginable genre, has rarely delved into the world of madcap romantic comedies. Of course, 2001-2002 wouldn't be complete without mention of Winona's inexplicable thievery; the young millionaire was convicted for stealing $5,500 worth

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Author: The JT LeRoy Story
  • Actor
$0.1M 2016
88% Experimenter
  • Sasha Menkin Milgram
$0.2M 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos
  • Melanie Fall
2014
42% Homefront
  • Sheryl Marie Mott
$12.7M 2013
66% The Iceman
  • Deborah Pellicotti
$1.9M 2013
87% Frankenweenie
  • Elsa Van Helsing
$35.3M 2012
No Score Yet Catch My Disease (Ben Lee: Catch My Disease)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Letter
  • Martine
2012
No Score Yet The Stare
  • Actor
2012
14% Stay Cool
  • Scarlet Smith
2011
24% The Dilemma
  • Geneva
$48.5M 2011
87% Black Swan
  • Beth MacIntyre/The Dying Swan
$107.0M 2010
No Score Yet When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
  • Lois Wilson
2010
68% The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  • Sandra Dulles
2009
95% Star Trek
  • Amanda Grayson
$257.8M 2009
13% The Informers
  • Cheryl Moore
2009
40% The Last Word
  • Charlotte
2009
25% Sex and Death 101
  • Death Nell/Gillian De Raisx
2007
37% The Ten
  • Kelly La Fonda
$0.6M 2007
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition)
  • Actor
2007
69% A Scanner Darkly
  • Donna Hawthorne
$5.3M 2006
25% The Darwin Awards
  • Siri Taylor
2006
41% The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
  • Psychologist
2004
No Score Yet The Day My God Died
  • Producer
  • Actor
2003
22% Mr. Deeds
  • Babe
$126.3M 2002
7% Lost Souls
  • Maya Larkin
2000
20% Autumn in New York
  • Charlotte Fielding
2000
54% Girl, Interrupted
  • Susanna Kaysen
  • Executive Producer
1999
41% Celebrity
  • Nola
1998
54% Alien Resurrection
  • Annalee Call
1997
67% The Crucible
  • Abigail Williams
1996
81% Looking for Richard
  • Lady Anne
1996
15% Boys
  • Patty Vare
1996
61% How to Make an American Quilt
  • Finn Dodd
1995
90% Little Women
  • Jo March
1994
29% The House of the Spirits
  • Blanca
1994
80% The Age of Innocence
  • May Welland
1993
65% Reality Bites
  • Lelaina Pierce
1993
78% Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Mina Murray/Elisabeta
1992
71% Night on Earth
  • Corky
1991
73% Mermaids
  • Charlotte Flax
1990
89% Edward Scissorhands
  • Kim Boggs
1990
44% Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael
  • Dinky Bossetti
1990
63% Great Balls of Fire
  • Myra
1989
95% Heathers
  • Veronica Sawyer
1988
81% Beetlejuice
  • Lydia
1988
55% 1969
  • Beth
1988
31% Square Dance
  • Gemma Dillard
1987
68% Lucas
  • Rina
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Stranger Things
2016
  • Joyce Joyce Byers
  • 2016
97% Show Me a Hero
2015
  • Vinni Restiano
  • 2015
  • 15
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Melanie Fall
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1994

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