Winona Ryder

Highest Rated: 94% Star Trek (2009)
Lowest Rated: 8% Lost Souls (2000)
Birthday: Oct 29, 1971
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 of merchandise from a Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. 2003, meanwhile, meant more unfa


Highest Rated Movies



51% Destination Wedding Lindsay 2018
No Score Yet Bitelchus Lydia Deetz 2018
No Score Yet It Tolls for Thee Narrator 2017
78% Author: The JT LeRoy Story Actor $86.1K 2016
84% Experimenter Sasha Menkin Milgram $0.2M 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos Melanie Fall 2014
42% Homefront Sheryl Marie Mott $12.7M 2013
67% The Iceman Deborah Pellicotti $2M 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
85% Black Swan Beth MacIntyre/The Dying Swan $107M 2010
No Score Yet When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Lois Wilson 2010
69% The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Sandra Dulles 2009
94% Star Trek Amanda Grayson $257.8M 2009
12% The Informers Cheryl Moore 2009
40% The Last Word Charlotte 2009
25% Sex and Death 101 Death Nell/Gillian De Raisx 2007
36% The Ten Kelly La Fonda $0.6M 2007
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition) Actor 2007
67% 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 Actor Producer 2003
51% Simone Nicola Anders $9.5M 2002
22% Mr. Deeds Babe $126.3M 2002
8% Lost Souls Maya Larkin 2000
19% Autumn in New York Charlotte Fielding 2000
54% Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen Executive Producer 1999
41% Celebrity Nola 1998
68% 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
91% Little Women Jo March 1994
30% The House of the Spirits Blanca 1994
83% The Age of Innocence May Welland 1993
66% Reality Bites Lelaina Pierce 1993
72% Bram Stoker's Dracula Mina Murray/Elisabeta 1992
75% Night on Earth Corky 1991
73% Mermaids Charlotte Flax 1990
90% Edward Scissorhands Kim Boggs 1990
44% Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael Dinky Bossetti 1990
63% Great Balls of Fire Myra 1989
94% Heathers Veronica Sawyer 1988
84% Beetlejuice Lydia 1988
55% 1969 Beth 1988
31% Square Dance Gemma Dillard 1987
70% Lucas Rina 1986


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