In 1999, Ryder starred in and served as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold and based on the best-selling memoir of the same title. While Girl, Interrupted marked Ryder's first feature as Executive Producer, she previously produced the documentary The Day My God Died, which depicted the human story behind the modern tragedy of child sex trafficking in India.
Noted for constantly challenging herself with each project, Ryder has made a habit of working with some of the most acclaimed directors in film today. In addition to those previously mentioned, Ryder has taken direction from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Alien: Resurrection), Woody Allen (Celebrity), Nicholas Hytner (The Crucible), Bille August (The House of the Spirits), Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's Dracula), Jim Jarmusch (Night on Earth), Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice), Michael Lehman (Heathers), Ben Stiller (Reality Bites), Al Pacino (Looking For Richard), Joan Chen (Autumn in New York), Janusz Kaminski (Lost Souls) and Jocelyn Moorehouse (How To Make an American Quilt).
Named for her birthplace in Winona, Minnesota, Ryder grew up in Petaluma, California and began her career at age 13 when she was spotted by a talent agent at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. Her subsequent screen test led to her motion picture debut in David Seltzer's Lucas in 1986.
For television, Ryder has lent her voice to both The Simpsons, and Dr. Katz. She also narrated a Grammy-nominated album, Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl. Most recently, Ryder appeared in the season finale episode of Strangers With Candy and on an episode of Friends.
In 1997, Ryder was honored with Showest's Female Star of the Year, the Motion Picture Club's Female Star of the Year, as well as receiving an honorary degree from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. She served as a juror for the 51st Annual Cannes International Film Festival under Martin Scorsese and received the Peter J. Owens Award for brilliance, independence and integrity at the 2000 San Francisco Film Festival. Winona was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ryder starred opposite Adam Sandler in Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy Mr. Deeds, and in a cameo in Simone for New Line Cinema, opposite Al Pacino. Ryder most recently completed principal photography on Finn Taylor's The Darwin Awards in which she stars opposite Joseph Fiennes.
Ryder serves on the Board of Trustees to the American Indian College Fund, which is helping Native Americans preserve and protect their culture through education. She also has been very involved with the KlaasKids Foundation since the organization's inception. The KlaasKids Foundation was established in 1994 to give meaning to the death of twelve-year-old kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come.
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Winona Ryder Facts
|Birth Name||Winona Laura Horowitz|
|Birthday||October 29, 1971 (49)|
|Birthplace||Winona, Minnesota, USA|
|Height||5' 4" (1m63) How tall is Winona Ryder compared to you?|
|Awards||1994 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for The Age of Innocence)|
|Mr. Deeds (2002) as Babe Bennett - Pam Dawson|
|Autumn in New York (2000) as Charlotte Fielding|
|Girl, Interrupted (2000) as Susanna Kaysen|
|Alien: Resurrection (1997) as Annalee Call|
|The Crucible (1996) as Abigail Williams|
|How to Make an American Quilt (1995) as Finn Dodd|
|Reality Bites (1994) as Lelaina Pierce|
|The Age of Innocence (1993) as May Welland|
|The House of the Spirits (1993) as Blanca|
|Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) as Mina Murray|
|Edward Scissorhands (1990) as Kim|
|Mermaids (1990) as Charlotte Flax|
|Heathers (1989) as Veronica Sawyer (breakthrough)|
|Beetlejuice (1988) as Lydia|
|Lucas (1986) as Rina|