Winona Ryder is an American actress who rose to fame in the 90s. She made her debut in 1986 as Rina in Lucas. She later starred in Beetlejuice, as Lydia Deetz, opposite Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis. Her role in Beetlejuice garnered her widespread recognition and critical acclaim. This lead to her appearing in the cult film, Heathers. She also appeared in Mermaids, a coming-of-age drama, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress for her role.
She also starred opposite Johnny Depp in the dark fairy-tale Edward Scissorhands. Winona continued appearing in critically acclaimed and high-profile films including Bram Stoker’s Dracula opposite Gary Oldman.
She later starred in The Age Of Innocence – a romantic, period film directed by Martin Scorsese – which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. At this point in her career, Winona Ryder was proving that there was no role she couldn’t take on excellently. As a result, she became one of the most in-demand actresses of the era.
She appeared in Little Women, which scored her another Academy Award nomination. Some of her other roles were in Reality Bites, Girl, Interrupted, How to Make an American Quilt, Alien Resurrection, and Mr. Deeds opposite Adam Sandler.
Thanks to her increased fame, Winona’s personal life started to receive a lot of attention. As a result, her relationship with Johnny Depp was the talk of the tabloids and her arrest for shoplifting was on every gossip outlet. She later chose to open up about her troubles with depression and anxiety.
After her shoplifting arrest, she decided to take a break from show business to deal with her personal struggles head-on. She returned to the industry in 2009 and appeared in several high-profile films including Star Trek, Black Swan, and When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.
She is presently starring in the immensely popular and critically acclaimed Netflix show, Stranger Things. In 2000, she received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a testament to her long and lustrous career.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
Winona Laura Horowitz was born on the 29th of October, 1971 to Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer in Winona, Minnesota. Her parents were both authors and editors. Winona identifies as Jewish as her father is of Jewish descent, coming from a family that emigrated from mostly Russia and Romania. Most of his family members were sadly killed in the Holocaust.
Winona took the stage name ‘Ryder’, adopting the last name of Mitch Ryder – a rock singer her father was a fan of. She comes from a diverse household when it comes to religion as her father is an atheist while her mother is a Buddhist.
She has a younger brother – Yuri and two older half-siblings – Sunyata and Jubal.
When the actress was just twelve, she enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater where she received her first acting lessons. In 1989, the actress graduated with a perfect GPA from Petaluma High School
Winona suffers from Aquaphobia due to a traumatic experience she had when she was twelve.
Winona Ryder’s Husband and Relationship With Johnny Depp
The actress is currently unmarried but since late 2011, she has been in a relationship with Scott Mackinlay Hahn, a fashion designer. The two have been together for many years and are happy and in love.
Winona’s most famous relationship, however, was with American actor – Johnny Depp. Winona Ryder met Johnny Depp in June 1989 at the Great Balls of Fire! premiere. They began dating a few months later in August. Their relationship garnered a lot of media attention and they were considered media darlings.
In July 1990 Johnny and Winona got engaged but in July 1992, after three years, the duo called off their engagement. Winona has been very open about the fact that Johnny Depp was not only her first love but her first, everything, her first kiss, her first time, and her first fiancé.
Prior to Meeting Scott Hahn, Winona was also in a relationship with Matt Damon from 1997-2000. During that time, they were described as Hollywood’s ‘It Couple’.
Height, Feet & Body Measurements
Winona’s height is listed at 5 ft 3½ in (161 cm) and her weight of 52 kg (115 pounds) is perfect for her petite frame. Her other body measurements are 36-24-35 in and her dress size is 4 (US) or 34 (EU). Her bra size is listed at 32D while her shoe/feet size is recorded to be 7 (US).
Winona maintains her figure by mostly focusing on what she eats. Her diet is primarily healthy containing a lot of fruits, proteins, and veggies. She also credits drinking a lot of water as her secret to amazing skin.
Her Net Worth
Winona Ryder’s net worth is currently listed at $18 million. This is as a result of years of acting in several high-profile films. Admittedly, you’d expect her to be worth much more but Winona took a break from acting for a few years, forgoing the salaries that could have come from many projects.
Her present role in Netflix’s Stranger Things makes her one of the highest-paid actresses on TV right now, so we’re sure to see that amount rise in a few years.