Winona Ryder is an American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2002, Ryder appeared in the critically panned box office hit Mr. Deeds, following which her career saw a downturn and she took a sabbatical from films. In 2009, she returned to the screen after a brief hiatus, appearing in high-profile films such as Star Trek. In 2010, she was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards: as the lead actress in When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story and as part of the cast of Black Swan. She also reunited with Burton for Frankenweenie. She currently stars as Joyce Byers in the Netflix series Stranger Things, for which she has received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

Birth Name

Winona Laura Horowitz

Nickname

Noni

Profession

Actress

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Winona Ryder was born on the 29th of October 1971, in Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States.

Age

She’s currently 48 years old.

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Ethnicity

White

She has Romanian and Russian ancestry on her father’s side.

Religion

Judaism

Education

Winona attended Kenilworth Junior High School in Petaluma, California, but during her first week at school, she was bullied by fellow schoolmates. In 1983, Ryder started attending San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and learned acting. In 1989, she finished her schooling and graduated from Petaluma High School with a 4.0 GPA.

Family Details

  • Father – Michael Horowitz (Author, editor, publisher and antiquarian bookseller)
  • Mother – Cynthia Palmer (née Istas) (Author, editor and video producer)
  • Siblings – Uri Horowitz (Younger Brother), Jubal Palmer (Older Half-Brother), Sunyata Palmer (Older Half-Sister)

Marital Status

Single

Boyfriend / Spouse

Winona Ryder has dated –

  • Rob Lowe (1986-1988) – Actors Rob Lowe and Winona Ryder met on the set of Square Dance. At that time, Winona was 13 years old and Rob was 21.
  • Johnny Depp (1989-1993) – Ryder started dating actor Johnny Depp in August 1989 after meeting him in June 1989 at Great Balls of Fire! premiere. They engaged in July 1990. She treats Johnny as her first real boyfriend as she spent fun time with him. He was her first real kiss, first person with whom she had s*x and first fiancé. They called off their engagement after three years in July 1993.
  • Evan Dando (1993) – On the set of 1994 movie Reality Bites, Winona met musician Evan Dando and had an encounter with him in 1993.
  • Chris Isaak (1993) – She went on a date with singer Chris Isaak in 1993 at Disneyland. They went on to see the laser show Fantasmic. But, they were asked to leave the show in halfway as they were getting sexually more close. They had an encounter in 1993.
  • Dave Pirner (1993-1996) – From 1993 to 1996, she was romantically linked to rock band Soul Asylum frontman, Dave Pirner.
  • David Duchovny (1996) – In 1996, she had an encounter with actor David Duchovny.
  • Jay Kay (1997) – In 1997, English singer Jay Kay had an encounter with Ryder.
  • Stephan Jenkins (1997) – She had a fling with musician Stephan Jenkins in 1997.
  • Matt Damon (1997-2000) – Actor Matt Damon and Winona Ryder were an item from December 1997 to August 2000. They met via Gwyneth Paltrow and were described as Hollywood’s It Couple by People Magazine.
  • Jimmy Fallon (2000) – In 2000, she had a fling with comedian and TV host Jimmy Fallon.
  • Beck (2000) – She briefly dated another musician Beck for a couple of months in 2000.
  • Pete Yorn (2001) – The New Jersey rocker, Pete Yorn had a fling with her in 2001.
  • Conor Oberst (2003) – This time, she hooked up with her 8-year junior singer, Conor Oberst in April-May 2003.
  • Val Kilmer (2005) – Actor Val Kilmer and Ryder dated in last 2 months of 2005.
  • Henry Alex Rubin (2006) – In 2006, she dated filmmaker Henry Alex Rubin shortly.
  • Blake Soper (2007-2008) – Guitarist Blake Soper was romantically linked to Ryder from January 2007 until August 2008.
  • Tom Green (2008) – Nearing August-September 2008, Canadian talk-show host Tom Green and Winona were spotted having dinner together. Some sources claimed them to be dating but no confirmations ever came from either party.

  • Scott Mackinlay Hahn (2011-Present) – Since late 2011, the actress is dating fashion designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 3½ inches
  • In centimeters – 161 cm
  • In meters – 1.61 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 52 kg
  • In Pounds – 115 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 36-24-35
  • Bust – 36 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32D

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Blonde

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Winona is best known for appearing in films such as Heathers (1988), Mermaids (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Little Women (1994) and others.

Film Debut

In 1986, Winona debuted with American teen tragicomedy film Lucas for her role as Rina.

Television Debut

In 1994, Winona guest appeared in the animated sitcom The Simpsons for her role as Allison Taylor in an episode titled Lisa’s Rival.

Brand Endorsements

Winona appeared in a Shoplifting commercial in 2008, cafe latte ad in 1999, a Japanese commercial for Subaru Impreza car and many others.

Winona Ryder Favorites

  • Favorite Actress – Barbara Stanwyck
  • Favorite Band – The Replacements
  • Favorite Book – The Catcher in the Rye (By J.D. Salinger)
  • Favorite Food – Oriental-flavored Ramen Noodles

Winona Ryder Net worth

Winona Ryder has an estimated net worth of $18 million dollars as of 2020.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Winona Ryder

  • Ryder was named after a nearby city named Winona, which is in Minnesota.
  • She has a middle name Laura due to her parents’ friendship with Italian-American musician and author.
  • She also got her stage name Winona Ryder from a personality named Mitch Ryder, soul and rock singer. Her dad is also a big fan of Mitch.
  • Psychedelic guru Dr. Timothy Leary is her godfather.
  • She is afraid of water because of a near drowning experience at the age of 12.
  • In 1985, Ryder 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.
  • In April 1989, she played the title role in the music video for Mojo Nixon’s Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child.
  • In 1994 she played the tempestuous Jo in the movie Little Women along with Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst. Ryder was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Actress for this role.
  • In 1999, she performed in and served as an executive producer for Girl, Interrupted, based on the 1993 autobiography of Susanna Kaysen.
  • In 2006, Ryder appeared in Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, a film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s well-received science fiction novel A Scanner Darkly.
  • In 2010 she played Lois Wilson in the television movie When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story which premiered on CBS.
  • In 2013, Ryder starred in a segment of the Comedy Central television series Drunk History called Boston.
  • In July 2014, French pop band Bonjour Gaston released a song in her name titled Winona FTW .
  • In 2018, she starred in the film Destination Wedding, alongside Keanu Reeves.
  • In 2020, Ryder will star in The Plot Against America an HBO limited series based upon novel of the same name.
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