WINONA RYDER (Deborah Pellicotti) is widely hailed as one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents and classic beauties. This acclaimed actress has two Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award to her credit. Ryder was recently seen in Darren Aronofsky's supernatural thriller Black Swan, opposite Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Among its many accolades, the film received Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations.
Ryder recently starred alongside James Franco in The Stare and lent her voice to Tim Burton's much-anticipated stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie, a feature-length adaptation of the live-action short Burton directed in 1984.
Previously Ryder starred in Ron Howard's comedy The Dilemma, alongside Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Jennifer Connelly. She was also seen in Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, opposite Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves and Julianne Moore, and in J.J. Abrams' reboot Star Trek, with Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and Eric Bana.
For her performance as Jo in Little Women, Gillian Armstrong's highly acclaimed version of the Louisa May Alcott classic, 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 drama 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, based on the bestselling memoir and directed by James Mangold. While the film marked Ryder's first feature as executive producer, she previously produced the documentary The Day My God Died, 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 worked with some of the most acclaimed directors in film today. Her other credits include Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Nicholas Hytner's The Crucible, Billie August's The House of the Spirits, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth, Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, Michael Lehman's Heathers, Ben Stiller's Reality Bites, Al Pacino's Looking for Richard, Joan Chen's Autumn in New York, Janusz Kaminski's Lost Souls, Jocelyn Moorehouse's How to Make an American Quilt, David Wain's The Ten and Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly.
On television Ryder 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." Additionally, Ryder appeared in an episode of "Friends" and the season finale of "Strangers with Candy."
In 1997 Ryder was honored with ShoWest's Female Star of the Year and the Motion Picture Club's Female Star of the Year. She has also received an honorary degree from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, served on the jury 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. Ryder was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ryder served on the board of trustees for the American Indian College Fund, which helps Native Americans preserve and protect their culture through education. She has been heavily involved with the KlaasKids Foundation since the organization's inception in 1994.
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