Winona Ryder is an American actress. Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in a farmhouse near Winona, Minnesota. Her mother is an author, video producer, and editor. Her father is an author, editor, publisher, and antiquarian bookseller.
Winona Ryder made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. As Lydia Deetz, a goth teenager in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice(1988), she won critical acclaim and widespread recognition. After appearances in film and on television, Ryder continued her acting career with the cult film Heathers (1988), a controversial satire of teenage suicide and high school life that has since become a landmark teen film. She later appeared in the coming of age drama Mermaids (1990), earning a Golden Globe nomination, and in the same year appeared alongside Johnny Depp in Burton’s dark fairy-tale Edward Scissorhands (1990), and shortly thereafter with Keanu Reeves in Francis Ford Coppola’s gothic romance Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).
Ryder’s personal life has attracted significant media attention. Her relationship with Johnny Depp in the early 1990s and a 2001 arrest for shoplifting were constant subjects of tabloid journalism. She has been open about her personal struggles with anxiety and depression.