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Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder


10/29/1971, Winona, Minnesota, USA

Birth Name

Winona Laura Horowitz


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The American actress Winona Ryder (real name Winona Laura Horowitz) was named after her birthplace, Winona, Minnesota. The name Ryder is said to have come from a Mitch Ryder album. In the words of her godfather, the late Dr Timothy Leary, Ryder is the daughter of "hippie intellectuals…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • AIM.com ranks Winona at number 75 in its 100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM.

    • Winona's mother Cindy Horowitz (née Palmer) describes herself as a WASB, or White Anglo-Saxon Buddhist.

    • Winona's father, Michael Horowitz, ran a bookshop called Flashback Books specializing in poetry and new age thought.

    • Her nickname is Noni.

    • She is a member of the Board of American Indian College Funds.

    • Winona has suffered from aquaphobia (fear of deep water) since the age of twelve, when she nearly drowned. So she had trouble with the underwater scenes in Alien: Resurrection (1997).

    • Winona dated Johnny Depp for years, and when they got engaged he had the words 'Winona Forever' tattooed on his right upper arm. After they broke up, Johnnie had this shortened to 'Wino forever'.

    • She has said that she was inspired to be an actress by the performance of Sarah Miles in the movie Ryan's Daughter (1970).

    • Rhett Miller had one date with Winona and wrote the song Rollerskate Skinny about her.

    • Winona has said her favorite book is J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.

    • She received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in October 2000.

    • Winona's sister Sunyata Palmer has worked as a makeup artist, while her brother Uri Horowitz came in as a production assistant on Winona's movie Reality Bites (1994).

    • After her famous arrest in 2001, the Beverly Hills police department said Winona had been "very friendly, polite, and cooperative".

    • The first house Winona ever bought was in the Hollywood Hills. However, she only stayed a few months, explaining that she didn't fit in there at all.

    • Winona was nominated for a Grammy for her reading of Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl (1996).

    • In writing the movie Night on Earth (1991), Jim Jarmusch created the part of Corky (a tattooed, chain-smoking taxi-driver who wants to be a mechanic) with Winona in mind. She later agreed to play the part.

    • Winona turned down the role of Nina in The Object of My Affection (1998), due to other commitments.

    • Winona graduated from Petaluma High School, near San Francisco, CA, with a GPA of 4.0.

    • Her parents were close friends of the poet Allen Ginsberg.

    • Winona is the god-daughter of the late Dr Timothy Leary, a writer and psychologist who promoted the use of LSD. He founded the League for Spiritual Discovery, a religion with LSD as its sacrament, and later coined the phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out". Imprisoned for possessing marijuana, he broke jail and fled from the US to Algeria and later Switzerland. While he was on the run, President Richard M. Nixon called Leary "the most dangerous man in America".

    • A kiss between Winona Ryder and Brittany Murphy was broadcast on Celebrities Uncensored.

    • Winona appeared on the cover of 'W' magazine for June 2002 wearing a 'Free Winona' T-shirt. Many fans took to wearing T-shirts with the same slogan.

    • When MGM refused to pre-screen Autumn in New York, Winona was upset. She said she was very proud of the film and the studio was giving it a bad name before it was even released.

    • Winona really has fair hair, but when she made the film Lucas (1986) her hair was dyed black and it has stayed dark ever since.

    • Her height is 5 ft 4 inches, or 1.63 metres.

    • In the movie Mr Deeds (2002), Winona had to ride a bike down a flight of stairs. She fell and broke her arm.

    • Winona dedicated the film Little Women (1994) to Polly Klaas, a young girl from her home-town in California who was kidnapped and murdered. Winona also offered a $200,000 reward for information and she supports the Polly Klaas Foundation.

    • Winona Ryder's real name is Horowitz. She is said to have got the name Ryder from a Mitch Ryder album.

    • Winona won a 1994 Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture) for The Age of Innocence (1993), after being nominated for the same award in 1991 for Mermaids (1990). She has also received Academy Award nominations in 1994 (Best Actress in a Supporting Role) for The Age of Innocence and in 1995 (Best Actress in a Leading Role) for Little Women (1994).

    • Winona's Agent is Endeavor Talent Agency LLC, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 USA.

  • Quotes

    • Winona Ryder: (looking back on her shoplifting arrest) I didn't have this tremendous sense of guilt because I hadn't hurt anyone. Had I physically harmed someone or caused harm to a human being, I think it would have been an entirely different experience. The attention was embarrassing. I just waited for it to be over.

    • Winona Ryder: I'm strange, crazy, intelligent, wild, soft, coy, thrifty, boring, romantic, selfish, full of pride, mean, dark, sweet and most of all I'm through with this interview.

    • Winona Ryder: (on Christmas) Yeah, we would always have a tree. It was usually a cannabis tree, but we would decorate it and there would always be a star on top.

    • Winona Ryder: Quirky. If anyone calls me quirky again, I think they should be shot.

    • Winona Ryder: I love being called a hipster... what exactly does that term mean?

    • Winona Ryder: A bottle of aspirin with a bottle of vodka.

    • Winona Ryder: I don't believe I am influencing anybody but myself.

    • Winona Ryder: You can't pay enough money to cure that feeling of being broken and confused.

    • Winona Ryder: I've learned that it's okay to be flawed.

    • Winona Ryder: (in 1990, asked why she was always playing teenagers) Like, I'm nineteen. What am I supposed to do, play a judge?

    • Winona Ryder: I'm not into older guys. To tell you the truth, Richard Gere is not the sexiest man alive, in my book.

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    Winona Ryder is a good actress, I like the way she acts in her roles though I must say that some of her roles are not the best one, I like her in moives like Edward Scissorhands, that movie was very well done and written, so I basically think that she is a good actress. I also like her Zoolander, she was very cool.
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    The shoplifting incident aside, Winona Ryder is really a talented actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "Heathers."