Winona Ryder

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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

53% 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
56% Alien Resurrection Annalee Call 1997
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
73% 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
93% Heathers Veronica Sawyer 1988
84% Beetlejuice Lydia 1988
55% 1969 Beth 1988
31% Square Dance Gemma Dillard 1987
70% Lucas Rina 1986

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
93% Stranger Things
2016
Joyce Byers
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2017
96% Show Me a Hero
2015
Vinni Restiano
  • 2015
  • 15
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Melanie Fall
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Strangers with Candy
1999-2000
  • 2000
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1998
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1994

QUOTES FROM Winona Ryder CHARACTERS

Charlotte Flax
Mrs. Flax only served h'or deurves for meals. She said that anything else was too much of a commitment.
Mrs. Flax
What are you trying to be? The town tramp?
Charlotte Flax
No, Mom. The town already has one.
Veronica Sawyer
Betty Finn was a true friend, and I traded her out for a bunch of swatch-dogs and diet-cokeheads.
Corky
Take it easy.
Victoria Snelling
Sure, mom.
Susanna Kaysen
I know what it's like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in but you can't. How you hurt yourself on the outside to try to kill the thing on the inside.
Charlotte Flax
Please God, don't let me fall in love and want to do disgusting things...
Charlotte Flax
Please God, don't let me fall in love and want to do disgusting things.
Kim Boggs
Hold me
Kim Boggs
Hold me.
Edward Scissorhands
I can't.
Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
Me? I'm nothing. Nothing! Nothing! Nothing!!!
Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
Did you suck his cock?
Babe Bennett
He is not a dipstick! He is a kind, sweet-hearted guy who we think is a dipstick because he doesn't have our sense of cynicism and negative that we put into the news to make it sell!
Babe Bennett
I'm of Swedish ancestry.
Longfellow Deeds
Really?
Babe Bennett
Yes. My grandfather was in ABBA.
Babe Bennett
I'm calling him around 4. It's when I get off work. Remember, I am Pam Dawson, virgin school nurse from Winchestertonfieldville, Iowa.
Mac McGrath
Ha ha, that's priceless... YOU a VIRGIN! Ha ha ha!
Mac McGrath
Ha ha, that's priceless.You a virgin! Ha ha ha!
Babe Bennett
Oh, you have got to be shittin' me.
Lelaina Pierce
I just don't know why things can't go back to normal at the end of the half hour, like on Brady Bunch or something.
Troy Dyer
Because Mr. Brady died of AIDS.
Michael Grates
I guess I'm a non-practicing Jew.
Lelaina Pierce
Hey, I'm a non-practicing virgin.
Lelaina Pierce
You guys better not be inhaling.
Veronica Sawyer
JD that knife is filthy
Veronica Sawyer
That knife is filthy.
J.D.
What do you think I am gonna do with it take out her tonsils
J.D.
What do you think I'm going to do with it, take out her tonsils?
Edward Scissorhands
Goodbye.
Kim Boggs
I Love you.
Kim Boggs
Hold me.
Edward Scissorhands
I can't...
Lydia Deetz
my whole life is a dark room, one, big, dark, room
Lydia Deetz
My whole life is a dark room.
Veronica Sawyer
I just killed my best friend!
J.D.
And your worst enemy.
Veronica Sawyer
Same difference
Veronica Sawyer
Same difference.
Veronica Sawyer
She's my best friend. God, I hate her.
Veronica Sawyer
Your day dreams are a lot better than my reality, believe me.
Susanna Kaysen
When you don't want to feel...death can seem like a dream. But, seeing death...really seeing it, makes dreaming about it fucking ridiculous.
Susanna Kaysen
I'm ambivalent. In fact, that's my new favorite word.
Dr. Wick
Do you know what that means, ambivalence?
Susanna Kaysen
I don't care.
Death Nell
Some dreams are too true to be good.
Veronica's Dad
Veronica's Dad: Goddamn, will somebody tell me why I read these spy novels.
Veronica Sawyer
Cuz you're an idiot
Veronica's Dad
Oh yeah, that's it.
Lydia Deetz
I myself am strange and unusual.
Lydia Deetz
My whole life is a dark room. One. Big. Dark. Room.
Susanna Kaysen
Because you're dead already, Lisa! No one cares if you die, Lisa because you're dead already. Your heart is cold. That's why you keep coming back here. You're not free. You need this place, you need it to feel alive. It's pathetic
Susanna Kaysen
Because you're dead already, Lisa! No one cares if you die, Lisa because you're dead already. Your heart is cold. That's why you keep coming back here. You're not free. You need this place, you need it to feel alive. It's pathetic.
Corky
I'm a cab driver, this is what I do. I have everything planned out. Everything is going just right for me now.
Victoria Snelling
You could be a movie star.
Corky
You mean right now?
Corky
It's not so easy to find the one guy, the right guy, you know?
Edward Scissorhands
Where is everyone?
Kim Boggs
Out looking for you. Hold me.
Edward Scissorhands
I can't.
Barbara Maitland
No. Lydia. We're dead.
Lydia Deetz
I wanna be dead too.
Scarlet Smith
We had chemistry.
Veronica Sawyer
Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count.
Veronica Sawyer
Dear Diary: Heather told me she teaches people "real life." She said, real life sucks losers dry. You want to fuck with the eagles, you have to learn to fly. I said, so, you teach people how to spread their wings and fly? She said, yes. I said, you're beautiful.
Veronica Sawyer
Dear Diary: Heather told me she teaches people 'real life.' She said, real life sucks losers dry. You want to fuck with the eagles, you have to learn to fly. I said, so, you teach people how to spread their wings and fly? She said, yes. I said, you're beautiful.
Bob Arctor
. . . everywhere else can be monitored but Nooo not at New Path.
Bob Arctor
Everywhere else can be monitored, but no not at New Path.
Donna Hawthorn
(in the scramble suit) Hey . . . that's their contract with the gonernment.
Donna Hawthorn
[in the scramble suit] Hey, that's their contract with the gonernment.
Veronica Sawyer
Fuck me gently with a chainsaw.
Veronica Sawyer
Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw.
Charles Deetz
As soon as we get settled, we'll build you a dark room in the basement, okay?
Lydia Deetz
My whole life is a dark room. One big dark room.
Delia Deetz
So you were miserable in New York City, and now you're going to be miserable out here in the sticks. At least someone's life hasn't been upheaved.
Nina
Beth! I'm so sorry to hear you're leaving the company.
Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
What did you do to get this role? He always said you were such a frigid little girl. What did you do to change his mind? Did you suck his cock?
Nina
Not all of us have to.
Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
[chuckles] You fucking whore! You're a fucking little whore!
Susanna Kaysen
Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the 60's. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted.
Susanna Kaysen
Maybe everyone out there is a liar. And maybe the whole world is stupid, and ignorant. But I'd rather be in it. Id' rather be fucking in it, than down here with you.
Susanna Kaysen
Maybe everyone out there is a liar. And maybe the whole world is stupid, and ignorant. But I'd rather be in it. I'd rather be fucking in it, than down here with you.
Susanna Kaysen
Was I ever crazy? Maybe. Or maybe life is... Crazy isn't being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It's you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever. They were not perfect, but they were my friends and by the '70s most of them were out living lives. Some I've seen, some never again, but there isn't a day my heart doesn't find them.
Susanna Kaysen
Was I ever crazy? Maybe. Or maybe life is... Crazy isn't being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It's you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever. They were not perfect, but they were my friends and by the 70's most of them were out living lives. Some I've seen, some never again, but there isn't a day my heart doesn't find them.
Susanna Kaysen
I know what it's like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in but you can't. How you hurt yourself on the outside to try to kill the thing on the inside.
Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
What did you do to get this part? Did you suck his C*ck?
Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
What did you do to get this role? He always said you were such a frigid little girl. What did you do to change his mind? Did you suck his cock?
Nina
Not all of us have to.
Veronica Sawyer
All we want is to be treated like human beings, not to be experimented on like guinea pigs or patronized like bunny rabbits.
Veronica's Dad
I don't patronize bunny rabbits.
Veronica Sawyer
If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being. You'd be a game show host.
Veronica Sawyer
What's your damage, Heather?
Veronica Sawyer
How very.