Winona Ryder Net Worth, Early Life, Career, Awards, Issues, Personal Life and Relationships

Published Date   18th Oct. 2017, 01:08 am
Winona Ryder Net Worth, Early Life, Career, Awards, Issues, Personal Life and Relationships
Quick Info
Birth Name: Winona Laura Horowitz
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $18 million

American actress, Winona Ryder net worth increased with her recognition for her dark, quirky roles in films Heathers and Girl, Interrupted.


Born in 1971, Winona Ryder made her debut in acting with Lucas (1986). Soon, she began playing a number of quirky roles in films like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. She played the eccentric lady in 1988 horror comedy Beetlejuice whereas, she played a teen in the later movie. Winona Ryder net worth grew as she became one of the most successful and iconic actresses of the ‘90s winning a number of awards and nominations.

Despite Ryder making headlines with her legal troubles in 2001, she returned to acting with films A Scanner Darkly and The Darwin Awards.

Early Life and Background

Winona Ryder was born as Winona Laura Horowitz on October 29, 1971 in Winona, Minnesota. She is an American.

She is an American whose ancestors immigrated as a surviving Jewish family during Holocaust. Consequently, she states that she holds Jewish values while her mother is a Buddhist and her father is an atheist.

Ryder has one full sibling, Uri and two half siblings from her mother’s previous marriage: Jubal Palmar and Sunyata Palmer. Her family moved to Rainbow near Elk in California where they lived with seven other families on 300-acre land. Since the age of 7, she became an avid reader. Later, she started interest in acting.

After three years, the Ryder family relocated again to Petaluma, California where Winona attended Kenilworth Junior High School. She underwent bullying in the school for the bullies mistook her for scrawny boy. After multiple bullying incidences, she ended up being home-school that year.

Ryder was 12 when she enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater in 1983. Sideways, she graduated from the Petaluma High School with a 4.0 GPA.

Acting Career Highlights

Winona Ryder net worth started to rise as she made her acting debut with Lucas in 1986. After the role, she appeared in a number of roles from eccentric woman, Lydia in Beetlejuice (1988) to a teenager who falls for Edward in Edward’s Scissorhands (1990).

Ryder gained prominence through her role in dark comedy Heathers (1989) in which she played a high school girl fighting for her place in popularity food-chain. Further, Winona Ryder net worth and recognition gained growth through her grown-up roles in Dracula (1992) and The Age of innocence (1993). Eventually, these roles won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

A couple of years later, Ryder won another Academy Award nomination for best actress for her role as Jo in Little Women (1995). Winona Ryder net worth heightened as she made a number of unforgettably strong performances. Her portrayal of young woman in Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Autumn in New York (2000) earned her the fame as one of the most successful actresses of her time.

Personal Issues

In 2001, the famous actress underwent the charges of shoplifting the merchandise worth over $5000. The incident took place in Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, California. Since then, she underwent the intense public scrutiny.

During the time of her arrest, she possessed various prescribed medicines. As a result of this issue, she made headline in every judicial process. Even though she turned out not guilty, she was convicted of vandalism and grand theft in 2002.

Consequently, she was sentenced to 480 hours of community service along with three years’ probation. Moreover, she underwent counseling sessions while having to pay several fines. This event and legal issues caused the downfall of Winona Ryder net worth for some time.

Afterwards, Ryder stuck with low profile and appeared only in a few films. She landed a leading role in A Scanner Darkly in 2006 which was based on Philip K. Dick novel, made into an animated movie.  The same year, she got a lead role in an independent film The Darwin Awards which premiered in Sundance Film Festival.

Despite undergoing charges and lawsuits, Winona Ryder made a comeback but it was not like before.

Stranger Things

Recently, Ryder stated that she has turned to be very choosy regarding the new projects. She even told the Entertainment Weekly that she would rather not work if she has to do bad film. Her upcoming and recent projects include The Ten and Sex and Death 101. She is also looking for the opportunity to revive her role in sequel to Heathers in future.

Finally, Winona Ryder net worth aggravated as she earned a starring role in Netflix hit Stranger Things in 2016. The sci-fi drama with the setting of 1980s won her a Golden Globe nomination for her role of Joyce Byers. She portrays a single mother whose son disappears mysteriously and her quest in finding the son.

Personal Life and Relationship

Throughout her life, the actress Winona Ryder has made romantic links with several actors and musicians. She was in relationship with Edward Scissorhand co-star Johnny Depp. Further, she has been in relationship with actor Matt Damon and Soul Asylum band member Dave Pirner. Other than them, she has dated Keanu Reeves (2008), Chris Noth (2000), Robert Downey, Jr. (1988) and other many actors.

Depp and Ryder were engaged during 1990s and the actor even had her name tattooed in his arm.

Winona Ryder Net worth

The 1990s hit actress, Winona Ryder net worth increased with her quirky roles. As of the recent data, she has the net worth of $18 million through her award winning performances and persistence in acting career.

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