Winona Laura Horowitz, also known as Winona Ryder, is an American actress and model. Her modeling and acting careers contributed to her financial worth. She is most recognized for her appearances in popular Hollywood films such as Heathers, Mermaids, and Dracula, among others.
She is one of the most well-known actors and models in the Hollywood industry, and she has won a number of prestigious honors over her career. Her relationship with the well-known Hollywood actor Johnny Depp also keeps her in the spotlight.
Winona's Early Life
Winona Laura Horowitz was born on October 29, 1971, in Winona, Minnesota. Her middle name was given to her because of her parents' strong friendship with Aldous Huxley's wife Laura. Mitch Ryder, a soul and rock singer, was the inspiration for her stage name.
When she was cast in her debut picture, the director inquired how she wanted her name to be written. Her father was a major fan of Mitch Ryder, therefore she instantly came up with the alias Ryder as the album was playing in the background.
The family relocated to Rainbow, a commune in Elk, California when Ryder was seven years old. On a secluded acreage without power, they lived with seven other families. Ryder began reading voraciously, consuming books such as J.D. Salinger's “The Catcher in the Rye” under the encouragement of her parents, who were both writers and editors with a roster of famous author acquaintances.
The family relocated to Petaluma, California, three years later. Throughout junior high and high school, Ryder was subjected to intense bullying. She started taking acting classes at the American Conservatory Theater in close-by San Francisco. She developed acute aquaphobia as a result of a near-drowning incident when she was 12 years old (which would haunt her later in life when she starred in “Alien Ressurection” and had to do scenes in the water).
Winona's Career and Accolades
In 1986, Ryder played a brief part in the coming-of-age film Lucas. During this period, she assumed the screen name, Winona Ryder. Her first significant appearance was as Veronica Sawyer in the 1988 black comedy Heathers, which was a parody of teen suicides.
1990's “Edward Scissorhands” was a romantic fantasy picture in which she portrayed Kim, the love interest of a robot named Edward. Tim Burton directed the film, which starred Johnny Depp in the title character. The picture was a commercial success.
In the 1994 film ‘Little Women,' she co-starred alongside Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes, and Kirsten Dunst as the volatile Jo. For this role, Ryder was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
In 2010, she portrayed Lois Wilson in the CBS television film “When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.” In the film, she portrayed a college-educated woman who marries a man of little means and their subsequent efforts to make a life together.
Accolades- For her performance in Martin Scorsese's “The Age of Innocence” in 1993, Winona won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.
She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the tomboyish Jo in “Little Women” in 1994. In 2010, Ryder received a star on the Hollywood, California Walk of Fame. In 2016, “Stranger Things” received Ryder a nomination for a Golden Globe. She has also been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild awards.
How Much is Winona's Net Worth & Real Estates?
Based on her accomplishments and assets, Winona Ryder's estimated net worth as of July 2022 is $18 million. In 1995, Winona paid $1,300,000 for a home in her hometown of San Francisco. In November 2020, she expects to sell this home for $5 million.
Winona rented the house for almost one year at $15,000 per month before to selling it. In 1998, Winona purchased a Spanish-style villa in Los Angeles for $2.6 million. In 2010, she sold the residence for $4,1,000,000. Prior to two years ago, she had sold a $2.2 million apartment in New York City.
Was She Ever Shoplifting Accused?
Ryder was jailed for theft at Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue in 2001. She stole $5,500 in clothes and accessories. Grand theft, shoplifting, and vandalism were her alleged crimes. She got three years of probation, 480 hours of community service, and recompense in 2002.
The felonies became misdemeanors in June 2004. Ryder has said in interviews that the incident happened during a low moment in her life and that painkiller use clouded her judgment. California's Medical Board terminated the doctor's license for providing her opioids.
Personal Life of Winona Ryder
Throughout his career, Ryder has been involved in a number of prominent romances. Ryder was engaged to Johnny Depp from 1990 to 1993. After their breakup, she dated guitarist Dave Pirner. She dated Matt Damon for a few years in the late 1990s. Since 2011, she has been dating Scott Mackinlay Hahn.