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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 & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Black Swan
Black Swan Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan
Girl, Interrupted
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Bram Stoker's Dracula Mina Murray / Elisabeta


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 2015 Experimenter
Alexandra 'Sasha' 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 The Killers: Here with Me (Video short)
Wax Girl
 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)
 1993 The House of the Spirits
 1988 1969
 1987 Square Dance
 1986 Lucas
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Guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies. The films she chose to present with host Robert Osborne were The Front (1976), Ball of Fire (1941), Born Yesterday (1950), and A Face in the Crowd (1957). 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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Personal Quote:

I always loved the Patti Smith lyric, "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine." I got sent home from school wearing a Patti Smith T-shirt with that line on. See more »


Her friendship with best friend Gwyneth Paltrow ended in the late 1990s because their lives grew apart. See more »


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Has "Stranger Things" resurrected her career? LieutenantRyder
Winona to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Sep 1st. Disadattato
Watching her Kimmel interview.. thegreatbambi
Back on Track E_Van_K
The thing I love about Winona Ryder... thomaspoteet
Stranger Things Season 2 confirmed for real this time E_Van_K
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