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Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish. She grew up in a ranch commune in Northern... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Stranger Things (TV Series) (pre-production)
- Episode #1.8 (2016) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.7 (2016) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.6 (2016) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.5 (2016) ... Joyce
- Episode #1.3 (2016) ... Joyce
 2015 Experimenter
Sasha Menkin Milgram
 2014 Masterpiece Contemporary (TV Series)
Melanie Fall
- Worricker: Turks & Caicos (2014) ... Melanie Fall
 2013-2014 Drunk History (TV Series)
Peggy Shippen / Mary Dyer
- Boston (2013) ... Mary Dyer
 2014 Turks & Caicos (TV Movie)
Melanie Fall
 2012/IV The Letter
 2009 Water Pills (Short)
 2007/II Welcome (Short)
 2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Psychologist (uncredited)
 2001 Zoolander
Winona Ryder (uncredited)
 2000 Strangers with Candy (TV Series)
- The Last Temptation of Blank (2000) ... Fran
 1998 Celebrity
 1998 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
Winona Ryder
- Another List (1998) ... Winona Ryder
 1996 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (TV Series)
- Monte Carlo (1996) ... Winona (voice)
 1996 Boys
Patty Vare
 1996 Looking for Richard (Documentary)
Lady Anne
 1994 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Allison Taylor
- Lisa's Rival (1994) ... Allison Taylor (voice)
 1988 1969
 1987 Square Dance
 1986 Lucas
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Other Works:

Special appearance into a video clip for "John Spencer's Blues Explosion See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 20 Interviews | 36 Articles | 12 Pictorials | 82 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Wynona Ryder


5' 3½" (1.61 m)

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I was out at a bar with a friend who said, "Do you realize that in America you're never going to be able to meet a guy who knows nothing about you? Everyone will have preconceived ideas about who you are." I got so bummed out. I'd never really thought about it that way. See more »


Broke her arm during the filming of Mr. Deeds (2002), in the scene where she and Adam Sandler are riding bikes down a flight of stairs. See more »


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