MY LIFE IN 10 PICTURES
Look back at Winona Ryder’s storied Hollywood career.
AS A seventh-grade student in Petaluma, Calif., Winona Laura Horowitz was bullied for wearing a boy’s suit. “They slammed my head into a locker and started to kick me. I had to have stitches,” she recalled. And when she became a teen star with Beetlejuice,
“I [thought], This is going to make things great at school. But they called me a witch.” The world knew otherwise, making this sweet, gamine actress one of the top stars of the ’90s. But things came crashing down after a 2001 shoplifting arrest. “In a weird way, it was almost the best thing that could have happened,” she says, “because I’d never asked myself, ‘Is it OK if I’m not going to act?’ ” Winona, who turns 47 on Oct. 29, took some time off, found love with her designer beau, Scott Mackinlay Hahn, in 2011 and had her biggest hit with Netflix’s Stranger Things. Now she’s in a good place, or at least she’s getting there. Says Winona: “I want to be a
good friend, a good sister, a good person and a good actress.”
“The older you get, the more yourself you can be and the less worried you are about what other people think.”— Winona1988 TEEN SPIRIT After hits like her first films Lucas and Beetlejuice, people “begged me not to do” the dark high school comedy Heathers. “They told me it was going to ruin my career.” But the script was “the closest I’ve [felt] to anything since The Catcher in the Rye, and that book changed my life. I felt, if I don’t do this, I’ll never be able to live with myself.”