Winona Ryder, born Winona Laura Horowitz (October 29, 1971), is an actress. She graduated from Petaluma High School, in Petaluma, CA, in 1989 with a 4.0 GPA. She chose her stage name before the release of her first film, Lucas, in 1986 (as one of her father’s Mitch Ryder albums played in the background). Ryder became a household name when she co-starred in Beetlejuice in 1988 and went on to bring her talent to a number of diverse roles. Films have included Heathers, Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands, The Age of Innocence, Reality Bites, and Girl, Interrupted. More recently, Ryder has co-starred in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.
Awards (partial list):
- Young Artist Award for Best Young Artist Starring in a Motion Picture for Great Balls of Fire! 1989
- National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for Mermaids. 1990
- Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for The Age of Innocence. 1993
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Sci-Fi for Alien: Resurrection. 1997