Winona Ryder

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Winona Ryder Biography

HE daughter of free-lovin', counterculture types who named her after the Minnesota town in which she was born (and she's the lucky oneher siblings are named Yuri, Sunyata, and Jubal), Winona Horowitz enjoyed what you'd call an unorthodox childhoodthe Horowitz clan's idea of family bonding was a good-and-rowdy protest against Agent Orange. It will come as no surprise then, that her godfather was the late L.S.D. guru, Dr. Timothy Leary (Winona's father, Michael, formerly served as Leary's archivist and ran a bookstore called Flashback Booksneed we say more?), or that Beat poet Allen Ginsberg rounded out her parents' circle of friends. Winona hastens to explain when asked about her rather nontraditional upbringing that her parents are politically active intellectuals, and not acid-dropping, Grateful Dead-dogging clichs. Leary himself summed them up as ''hippie intellectuals and psychedelic scholars,'' a judgment bolstered by the fact that the couple collaborated on a book detailing Aldous Huxley's psychedelic experiences, and then co-authored a book alleging that Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women while dosed up on opium. Growing up in a house where a high value was placed on reading, Winona's bible became J.D. Salinger's coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye. With a world view shaped by such iconoclastic parents and an idol the likes of Holden Caulfield, it's little wonder that Winona would one day prove so deft at portraying offbeat characters. Read Full Bio >>

Winona Ryder Awards

2011 MovieGuide Awards Most Inspiring Television Acting When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010) (TV). Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Black Swan (2010). Nominated
2011 Prism Awards Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010) (TV). Nominated
2011 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Black Swan (2010). Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010) (TV). Nominated

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    "Orphans" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals

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    "Frankenweenie" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    69th Annual Venice Film Festival - "The Iceman" Photocall

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    17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

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    "Black Swan" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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    20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

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