Let’s hear it for Winona Ryder

For folks that grew up in the late 80s and 90s, the name Winona Ryder arguably rings a bell. For younger generations, I’m not if any recognition of the name would occur if it weren’t for the hit television series Stranger Things, but at least she’s gaining some momentum amongst the youngins.

I knew of Winona Ryder, but I hadn’t seen much of her work. I captured a tremendous glimpse of this woman’s acting chops via her character Joyce Byers in Stranger Things, and because she seems like a very likeable lady, I thought I would do some reading on her to learn more. This information comes from her Wikipedia page.

Winona made a name for herself in Beetlejuice, although her first-ever film was Lucas. After Beetlejuice, some other popular films she played in include Great Balls of Fire, Edward Scissorhands, The Age of Innocence, Little Women, Star Trek and Girl, Interrupted.

She is from Winona, Minnesota, and has Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish ancestry. She currently identifies as Jewish and has been a victim of antisemitism.

She was bullied a lot throughout her school years.

She struggles with anxiety and depression.

She was engaged to Johnny Depp. She has been with her current boyfriend, Scott Mackinlay Hahn, since 2011.

Since she was in her 20s, Winona has been involved in philanthropy via the American Indian College Fund which assists in sending low-income Native Americans to post-secondary school.

She was arrested in 2001 for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue and was charged with shoplifting, vandalism and grand theft but was acquitted on the burglary charge. She has explained that this occurred when she was experiencing a depressive episode and was given meds by a phony doctor that screwed with her head, and said doctor’s license was eventually revoked. She was ultimately sentenced to three years of probation, different fines, 48 hours of community service and drug and psychological counselling.

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