Winona Ryder, who was born as Winona Laura Horowitz, was born on October 29, 1971. Ryder is an American actress and film producer who is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award. She has also been credited with being nominated for 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2 Academy Awards, and 1 BAFTA Award. Currently, Winona is 48 years old. Winona Ryder net worth is estimated at $18 million.
Ryder made her film debut in 1986 movie Lucas. Thereafter, she became popular for her appearance in Tin Burton’s 1988 Beetlejuice. Winona Ryder net worth and career began to progress as she starred in films such as Heathers (1988), Mermaids (1990), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).
Winona Ryder net worth was further enhanced when she received critical acclaim and 2 consecutive Academy Award nominations for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence (1993), where she acted the role of socialite May Welland. The second movie was the film adaptation of Little Women (1994), where she portrayed Jo March. During this period, she also appeared in these films: Reality Bites (1994), How to Make an American Quilt (1995),Alien Resurrection (1997), and Girl, Interrupted (1999), which she was also the executive producer.
In 2002, Ryder took a break from films when her career witnessed a decline after the critically planned box office hit Mr. Deeds. However, the actress was back to acting in 2009. She appeared in movie hits like Star Trek. she was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2010: one for her lead role in When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. And the other for featuring in the cast of Black Swan. In 2012, she also reunited with Burton for the film Frankenweenie. Currently, Winona features in the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, as Joyce Byers. Her performance here has gotten her nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award. In 2000, Winona Ryder received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring her contribution in the film industry.
Winona Ryder Biography
Winona Laura Horowitz was born in Winona, Minnesota , on October 29, 1971. She is the daughter of Cynthia Palmer (née Istas) and Michael D. Horowitz. Her mother is an author, video producer and editor, while her father is an author, editor, publisher and antiquarian bookseller. Her father also worked as an archivist for psychedelic guru Dr.Timothy Leary (who was Ryder’s godfather). Her father is Jewish, and his family were emigrants from Russia and Romania. Ryder has described herself to be Jewish. Most of her paternal family relatives were killed during the Holocaust. Her father’s original surname was “Tomchin”, but adopted the surname “Horowitz” when they got to the U.S.
Ryder was named after the city of Winona and she was given the middle name, Laura, because of her parents’ ties with Laura Huxley, the wife of Aldous Huxley who was a writer. Winona adopted her stage name from Mitch Ryder who was a soul and rock singer of whom her father was a fan. Ryder’s father practices atheism, while her mother practices Buddhism. Ryder has one full sibling, a younger brother, Urie (he was named in honor of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin), and two half-siblings from her mother’s previous marriage: an older half-brother, Jubal Palmer, and an older half-sister, Sunyata Palmer. Ryder’s family friends included her godfather, Timothy Leary, theBeat Movement poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.
Ryder’s family moved to Rainbow, a commune near Elk, Mendocino County, California, in 1978. Ryder was just seven years old as at then. Her family stayed there with seven other families on a 300-acre plot of land. As the remote property had no access to electricity or television sets, Ryder began to spend her time reading and soon became an avid fan of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. After her mother showed her a few movies on a screen in the family barn, she developed an interest in acting.
At the age of ten, Ryder and her family relocated to Petaluma, California. Ryder was a victim of bullying during her first week at Kenilworth Junior High. The other children there mistook her for an effeminate boy. Ryder’s experience with being bullied continued into high school, when she attained early success in Beetlejuice. Ryder recalled that: “I remember thinking, ‘Ooh, it’s [Beetlejuice], like, the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school, but it made things worse. They called me a witch.”
Ryder enrolled at the American Conservatory Theatre in nearby San Francisco, in 1983 at the age of 12 years old. It was there that she took her first acting lessons. In the same year, Ryder developed aqua-phobia after she nearly drowned. The effects of this traumatic experience later manifested when she featured in Alien Resurrection(1997), which had underwater scenes. Some of the scenes had to be re shot plenty times. Ryder graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Petaluma High School in 1989.
Winona Ryder Career Life
Winona’s career began in 1985, after she sent a videotaped audition where she recited a monologue from the novel Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger, to appear in the film Desert Bloom. Although she didn’t get the role, writer/directorDavid Seltzer noticed her potentials and cast her in his film Lucas (1986). The film was about a boy called Lucas (Corey Haim) and his life at high school. The movie was shot in the summer of 1985, and it co-starred Charlie Sheen and Kerri Green with Ryder playing the role of Rina, one of Lucas’s friends at school. When asked how she wanted her name to appear in the credits, she suggested “Ryder” as her surname because a Mitch Ryder album that belonged to her father was playing in the background. Winona Ryder net worth significantly increased as she began to get acting roles in the course of her career. In 1988, Ryder starred in the film 1969 where she played the role of Beth, the girlfriend of Kiefer Sutherland and sister of Robert Downey, Jr.—protagonists, protesters and flower children against the Vietnam War. In 1990, Ryder was selected for four film roles. She was the leading actress, alongside her then-boyfriend Johnny Depp in the fantasy film – Edward Scissorhands. In 1994, Winona Ryder starred as the lead role of character Josephine March in Little Women, a film which was an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. Ryder also appeared in David Wain ‘s comedy The Ten. In 2009, she acted in director J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek, asSpock’s human mother Amanda Grayson.
Winona Ryder Relationships, Marriages and Personal Life
Ryder met actor Johnny Depp at the Great Balls of Fire! movie premiere in June 1989. Two months later, they started dating. She got engaged to him for three years beginning in July 1990. However, the couple ended up breaking up. She later dated Dave Porker, who was a Soul Asylum band member. She dated him for several years and they were still staying very close to each other even after their breakup. In the late 1990’s to early 2000’s, she dated Matt Damon, and since 2011, she has been in a relationship with Scott Mackinlay.
Winona Ryder Net Worth
Winona Ryder net worth is known to be an estimate of $18 million. Her net worth includes a Doheny Drive home in Hollywood Hills which she had bought in 1998 for a price of $2.6 million. The villa offers 3,765 square feet of living space to its occupants, and most of this area is distributed between its 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
From the early life of Winona Ryder, it is pertinent to note that she went for her passion for acting from an early age. In addition, Ryder has been involved in philanthropic work for the American Indian College Fund since her 20s, which sends low income Native Americans to universities.