“I had just had my first real BREAK-UP, the first heartbreak. Everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, but inside I was completely LOST… I remember feeling, I can’t complain about anything, because I’m so lucky, I’m so lucky.”
“My career was gradual. I didn’t do a Pretty Woman movie where suddenly I was a huge star. I started so young that I never had time to be AMBITIOUS because I was already working. I never had that, ‘I’m going to be in the movies’, because I already was. It’s strange the way people throw themselves into STARDOM – and that world is not reality. What will you draw on for your performances if you just live in this bubble of Hollywood? . .. People who are OBSESSED with making it and salaries and box office, they have nothing to draw on when they do their work. It’s very apparent on-screen.”
She has been nominated for an Academy AWARD twice by the age of 24. Winona Ryder has the gift of INHABITING her characters.
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) – Finn Dodd
Reality Bites – (1994) Lelaina Pierce
The Age of Innocence (1993) – May Welland
I am not going to rehash or go over the DRAMA that Winona has been plagued with since her conviction for shoplifting. We’ve all been there, i.e. done something we aren’t PROUD of and had to pay the price, no matter how small. Luckily for most of us, we haven’t had to ENDURE the world’s press and Papparazzi while going through it.
In 1991 Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were the KING and QUEEN of Hollywood.
“Well, I shouldn’t complain! I had my first real relationship with Johnny, a fiercely deep love that I don’t know that I’ll ever. .. .The FIRST LOVE is like that isn’t it? I don’t know today. It was a real wild time back then.”
They were the Natalie Wood/Warren Beatty of their time. Winona met JOHNNY when she was 17. He proposed to Winona 5 months after they met. By 20, she was single, alone and HEARTBROKEN.
Winona went on to make some of her BEST films ever but eventually her constant work and not taking time out brought an end to her favourite actress status and we saw her tumble in the LIMELIGHT in a terrible and humiliating fashion.
Winona was Marc Jacobs MUSE for a spell, appearing in advertisements shot by Jurgen Teller. She is known for her passion for VINTAGE clothing and often wears her own finds on screen. In her latest role as Sandra in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee she brought basically her character’s wardrobe in her suitcase to the set. “I saw her as thrift-store girl because it was stuff she could afford, and also because I picture her really ROMANTICISING the other eras because she’s still searching or her own identity.”
Eternally YOUTHFUL. The cover on the left is dated July 2009 and the second is dated January 1997. She still looks the same, she doesn’t look a day older, does she? LUCKY girl.
Alien: Resurrection (1997) – Annalee Call, android
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Mina Murray, reincarnation of Prince Vlad’s wife, Elisabetta
Edward Scissorhands (1990) – Kim Boggs, teenage cheerleader
Autumn in New York (2000) – Charlotte Fielding – dying milliner genius
“If there are two words I would use to describe Winona, they are ‘ELUSIVE’ and ‘DISARMING’. she isn’t easy to pin down – for a coffee date or a straight answer. She is a great changer of plans. I sense that she lives very much in the PRESENT, in her own emotional reality, and she remains TRUE to that. ” Rebecca Miller, Writer/Director of Winona’s latest film THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE.
Obviously a very strong and INDEPENDENT woman. Good for her I say.
I am looking forward to seeing more of Winona on the big-screen. I have MISSED her.
Ciao for now,
Sources: Vogue, Bazaar, ElleUK, People.com, Style,com, Google, Denimology.