Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder
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Winona Ryder
Film: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Winona Laura Horowitz on Oct. 29, 1971 in Winona, MN

Winona Ryder spent several years as a child with her parents on a Northern California commune before moving to Petaluma, Calif., at age 10. She started her acting career as a teen, with auspicious roles as the goth daughter in “Beetlejuice” and in the high school satire “Heathers.”

The waifishly beautiful Ryder (her last name was borrowed from classic rocker Mitch Ryder) went on to successfully appear throughout the 1990s in such films as “Edward Scissorhands,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “The Age of Innocence” (Oscar nomination, Golden Globe award win), “Reality Bites,” “Little Women” (Oscar-nominated for playing Jo March), “Alien: Resurrection” and as the mentally unstable Susanna in “Girl, Interrupted.”

In 1993, the actress offered a $200,000 reward in exchange for the safe return of Petaluma’s Polly Klaas, a 12-year-old kidnap victim who was later found murdered.

The early 2000s were problematic for Ryder because of a shoplifting arrest that ended in grand theft and vandalism convictions. She was sentenced to three years’ probation, 480 hours of community service, fines and restitution fees.

Ryder returned to acting but primarily in lesser-seen independent films. She also had a cameo as Spock’s mother in 2009’s well-received “Star Trek” installment.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1993 Best Supporting Actress The Age of Innocence Nomination
    1994 Best Actress Little Women Nomination

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