WINONA RYDER is one of Hollywood's most respected actors. She has received two
Academy Award nominations. As Jo in Gillian Armstrong's highly acclaimed
version of the Louisa May Alcott classic Little Women, Ryder received a
nomination for Best Actress. The year prior, she starred in Martin Scorsese's
The Age of Innocence and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best
Supporting Actress. Her critically acclaimed performance also earned her a
Golden Globe and National Board of Review Award. Her first Golden Globe
nomination for Best Supporting Actress was for Mermaids in 1990.
Named for her birthplace, Winona, Minnesota, Ryder grew up in Petaluma,
California and began her career at age 13 when she was spotted by a talent agent
during a performance at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. Her
subsequent screen test led to her motion picture debut in Lucas in 1986. While
her talent was clear from the beginning, it was Heathers that put Ryder in a
class by herself. Directed by Michael Lehman, the film became a cult classic
among young adults.
Ryder constantly challenges herself as an actress, moving from contemporary
to period to futuristic pieces. She has completed over 20 feature films, working
with such acclaimed directors as Nicholas Hytner (The Crucible), Al Pacino
(Looking for Richard), Jocelyn Moorehouse (How To Make An American
Gillian Armstrong (Little Women), Martin Scorsese (The Age of
August (The House of the Spirits), Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's
Jim Jarmusch (Night on Earth) and Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands and
For television, Ryder has lent her voice talents to two highly acclaimed
shows: "The Simpsons" and "Dr. Katz." She also narrated the
Grammy-nominated album "Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl."
More recently, Ryder starred opposite Sigourney Weaver in the blockbuster
sci-fi thriller Alien: Resurrection, directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet, and
appeared in Woody Allen's Celebrity. She will next be seen in acclaimed director
of photography Janusz Kaminski's directorial debut Lost Souls.
Ryder continues to make her mark in the film industry. Having optioned four
novels in the past year alone, she is currently developing them with plans to
In the spring of 1997, Ryder was honored with ShoWest's Female Star of the
Year Award and received an honorary degree from San Francisco's American
Conservatory Theatre, where her career as an actress began. She also served as a
juror for the 51st Annual Cannes International Film Festival under Martin
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