Winona Ryder


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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 20 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Little Women Jo March
(1994)
Heathers Veronica
(1988)
(1999)
Mermaids Charlotte Flax
(1990)

Filmography

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 2016-2023 Stranger Things (TV Series)
Joyce Byers
- Episode #5.1 (2023) ... Joyce Byers
- Chapter Nine: The Piggyback (2022) ... Joyce Byers
- Chapter Eight: Papa (2022) ... Joyce Byers
- Chapter Six: The Dive (2022) ... Joyce Byers
 2022 Gone in the Night
Kath
 2020 Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (TV Special)
Lacey Groin
 2020 The Plot Against America (TV Mini Series)
Evelyn Finkel
- Part 6 (2020) ... Evelyn Finkel
- Part 5 (2020) ... Evelyn Finkel
- Part 4 (2020) ... Evelyn Finkel
- Part 3 (2020) ... Evelyn Finkel
- Part 2 (2020) ... Evelyn Finkel
 2018 Destination Wedding
Lindsay
 2015 Show Me a Hero (TV Mini Series)
Vinni Restiano
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Vinni Restiano
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Vinni Restiano
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Vinni Restiano
- Episode #1.1 (2015) ... Vinni Restiano
 2015 Experimenter
Alexandra 'Sasha' Milgram
 2014 Scorsese's Women (Video short)
Mask
 2013-2014 Drunk History (TV Series)
Peggy Shippen / Mary Dyer
- Philadelphia (2014) ... Peggy Shippen
- Boston (2013) ... Mary Dyer
 2014 Turks & Caicos (TV Movie)
Melanie Fall
 2013/I Homefront
Sheryl Marie Mott
 2012 The Killers: Here with Me (Music Video short)
Wax Girl
 2012 Frankenweenie
Elsa Van Helsing (voice)
 2012/IV The Letter
Martine
 2012 The Iceman
Deborah Pellicotti
 2011 The Dilemma
Geneva
 2010 Black Swan
Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan
 2010 When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (TV Movie)
Lois Wilson
 2009 Stay Cool
Scarlet Smith
 2009 Star Trek
Amanda Grayson
 2009 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Sandra Dulles
 2009 Water Pills (Short)
Carrie
 2008 The Informers
Cheryl Moore
 2008/I The Last Word
Charlotte
 2007/II Welcome (Short)
Cynthia
 2007 Sex and Death 101
Death Nell / Gillian De Raisx (#101)
 2007 The Ten
Kelly La Fonda
 2006 A Scanner Darkly
Donna Hawthorne
 2006 The Darwin Awards
Siri Taylor
 2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Psychologist (uncredited)
 2002 S1m0ne
Nicola Anders
 2002 Mr. Deeds
Babe Bennett
 2001 Zoolander
Winona Ryder (uncredited)
 2001 Friends (TV Series)
Melissa Warburton
- The One with Rachel's Big Kiss (2001) ... Melissa Warburton
 2000 Lost Souls
Maya Larkin
 2000 Strangers with Candy (TV Series)
Fran
- The Last Temptation of Blank (2000) ... Fran
 2000 Autumn in New York
Charlotte Fielding
 1999 Girl, Interrupted
Susanna
 1998 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Talk About the Blues (Music Video short)
Jon Spencer
 1998 Celebrity
Nola
 1998 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
Winona Ryder
- Another List (1998) ... Winona Ryder
 1997 Alien: Resurrection
Call
 1996 The Crucible
Abigail Williams
 1996 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (TV Series)
Winona
- Monte Carlo (1996) ... Winona (voice)
 1996 Boys
Patty Vare
 1994 Little Women
Jo March
 1994 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Allison Taylor
- Lisa's Rival (1994) ... Allison Taylor (voice)
 1994 Reality Bites
Lelaina Pierce
 1993 Cher: The Video Collection (Video)
Winona Ryder / Charlotte Flax
 1993 Soul Asylum: Without a Trace (Music Video)
Bearded assassin (uncredited)
 1993 The House of the Spirits
Blanca
 1993 The Age of Innocence
May Welland
 1992 Dracula
Mina Murray / Elisabeta
 1991 Night on Earth
Corky (segment "Los Angeles")
 1990 Roy Orbison: A Love So Beautiful (Music Video short)
Circus Trapeze Girl
 1990 Mermaids
Charlotte Flax
 1990 Edward Scissorhands
Kim
 1990 Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) (Music Video)
Winona Ryder / Charlotte Flax
 1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Dinky Bossetti
 1989 Great Balls of Fire!
Myra Gale Brown
 1989 Mojo Nixon: Debbie Gibson is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child (Music Video)
Pregnant Bride Debbie Gibson (uncredited)
 1988 Heathers
Veronica
 1988 1969
Beth
 1988 Beetlejuice
Lydia
 1987 Square Dance
Gemma
 1986 Lucas
Rina
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (6 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 20 Interviews | 40 Articles | 12 Pictorials | 84 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Wynona Ryder

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Children:

None

Parents:

Horowitz (Istas), Cynthia | Horowitz, Michael

Relatives:

Uri Horowitz (sibling) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Tim Burton] He gave me my career. Actually, if you think about it, I don't think I would be an actress if Beetlejuice (1988) hadn't come along, because I really wasn't thriving in those auditions. I'd just done a couple things, but I had black hair and was very pale, and that movie led to other things. So yeah, he gave me a career. See more »

Trivia:

Her idol is actress Sigourney Weaver. She was a huge fan of Alien (1979) and jumped at the chance of appearing alongside her idol for that reason. Ryder starred opposite Weaver in Alien: Resurrection (1997). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently plays a character who writes. In most of her films, she has played a journalist, a reporter, a writer or just a teenager who writes in a journal or diary. See more »

Nickname:

Noni

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