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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.”

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