Interesting facts about Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder was one of the biggest stars of the '90s before her career was seriously endangered due to reckless theft.

Interesting facts about Winona Ryder

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Winona Ryder was one of the biggest stars of the '90s before her career was seriously endangered due to reckless theft. It took her several years to recover, and her unexpected role in the Stranger Things series helped her return to the spotlight. In the following lines, discover interesting facts about this artist.

Winona Ryder is not her real name

Like many artists, she has an artistic name and was born Winona Laura Horowitz, in Minnesota. In 1986, when she had just gotten her first role, she was asked under what name she wanted to be signed. The conversation was conducted over the phone while her dad listened to the Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels album and voila!

She grew up in a stimulating environment

Winona Ryder's parents were close to Beat Generation artists, including Alain Ginsberg and Aldous Huxley. Besides them, there was also Timothy Leary, a professor of psychology and essayist from Harvard, a supporter of counterculture, and an advocate of LSD… By the way, the godfather of the family.

Johnny Depp tattooed her name

In June 1989, before she turned 18, the actress was at the premiere of the film ‘Great Balls of Fire’, and she noticed Johnny Depp. They did not come into contact then, but a few months later, when the chemistry started working. They starred in Tim Burton’s film ‘’Edward Scissorhands’. The actor tattooed "Winona Forever" on his arm, but in June 1993, the couple divorced. They never revealed the exact cause of the breakup, but Johnny hinted that media pressure had a share in such a decision. He changed his tattoo to "Wino Forever", which we could translate as "drunk forever".

Gwyneth Paltrow is her enemy

Winona and Gwyneth were best friends and roommates, while Winona was Matt Damon's girlfriend and Gwyneth was dating Ben Affleck. It was the late ’90s. The friendship ended when Winona suggested that Gwyneth stole the screenplay for the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ - which she carelessly left on the table. From that, it can be concluded that Gwyneth was auditioning for the role of Viola De Lesseps behind her back… Not only did she win the role, but she also won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1999! What a blow! Gwyneth, on the other hand, formally denied the accusations and attributed them to jealousy. 

Winona is convinced that she is married to Keanu Reeves

Very good friends, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves, had the opportunity to collaborate four times. The first collaboration dates back to the early '90s, from the film Dracula, by Francis Ford Coppola. And since that day, the actress is convinced that she and Keanu are husband and wife. In 2018, she explained very seriously: "We got married in the movie Dracula. No, I swear to God, I think we are married in real life. In this scene, Francis invited a real Romanian priest. We recorded the whole ceremony. So I think we are married.”  “Did we say 'yes'? ˮ, the actor asked. "You do not remember? It was Valentine's Day," Winona reminded him. 

The actress was arrested for shoplifting

On December 12, 2001, 31-year-old Winona Ryder was at the peak of her career (filming film after film), caught stealing clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. The value of the stolen goods was $ 5,000, and CCTV cameras recorded everything. Winona defended herself by saying that she was preparing for the role, but above all, it seemed that she was in the middle of a depression. This was proved by the tranquilizers found in her bag. She was sentenced to three years probation, 480 hours of community service, and a large fine. This inappropriate behavior will determine the further course of her career.