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WINONA RYDER (Babe Bennett) is an Oscar® -nominated actress and a Golden Globe winner known for her ability to portray a diverse range of roles.

As "Jo" in Gillian Armstrong's highly acclaimed version of the Louisa May Alcott classic, Little Women, Ryder received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress. The previous year she was Oscar® nominated, and won the Golden Globe and National Board of Review Awards for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. Ryder also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Richard Benjamin's Mermaids.

In 1999, Ryder starred in and served as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold and based on the best selling memoir of the same title. While Girl, Interrupted marked Ryder's first feature as Executive Producer, she previously co-executive produced and narrated the documentary Watermellon Fields, which depicted the human story behind the modern tragedy of child sex trafficking in India.

Noted for constantly challenging herself with each project, Ryder has made a habit of working with some of the most acclaimed directors in film today. In addition to those previously mentioned, Ryder has taken direction from; Jean Pierre Jeunet (Alien:Resurrection), Woody Allen (Celebrity), Nicholas Hytner (The Crucible), Billie August (The House of the Spirits), Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's Dracula), Jim Jarmusch (Night on Earth), Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice), Michael Lehman (Heathers), Ben Stiller (Reality Bites), Al Pacino (Looking For Richard), Joan Chen (Autumn in New York), Janusz Kaminski (Lost Souls) and Jocelyn Moorehouse (How To Make an American Quilt).

Named for her birthplace in Winona, Minnesota, Ryder grew up in Petaluma, California and began her career at age 13 when she was spotted by a talent agent at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. Her subsequent screen test led to her motion picture debut in David Seltzer's Lucas in 1986.

For television, Ryder has lent her voice to both The Simpsons, and Dr. Katz. She also narrated a Grammy-nominated album, Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl. Most recently, Ryder appeared in the season finale episode of Strangers With Candy and on an episode of Friends.

In 1997, Ryder was honored with Showest's Female Star of the Year, the Motion Picture Club's Female Star of the Year, as well as receiving an honorary degree from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. She served as a juror for the 51st Annual Cannes International Film Festival under Martin Scorsese and received the Peter J. Owens Award for "brilliance, independence and integrity" at the 2000 San Francisco Film Festival. Most recently, Winona was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ryder will next be seen in a cameo in Simone for New Line Cinema, opposite Al Pacino. Winona's future plans include producing and starring in Roustabout, to be directed by David Gordon Green.

Ryder currently serves on the Board of Trustees to the American Indian College Fund, which is helping Native Americans preserve and protect their cultur

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