Winona Ryder is one of the most iconic actresses of the 90s’. Born in Minnesota, Ryder set foot into the film industry when she was just 15 years old with David Seltzer’s film Lucas. By the time she was 20, Ryder proved she was a force to be reckoned with and had several cult films under her belt.
From her goth sense of style, her eccentric choice of roles and the effortless manner in which she stood apart from the crowd, Winona Ryder is not just another Hollywood diva. She was every 90’s girl’s style diva with her leather jackets, pixie cuts and vintage style.
Today, on her birthday, we list down some of her performances in films and on television that you absolutely cannot miss.
Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy Beetlejuice, was Winona’s third film. While she is better known for the film Heathers, which released in the same year, Beetlejuice with its vibrant and comic style was an instant hit. And with news that Beetlejuice 2 is about to go on floors, it would be a delight watching Ryder portray the role of Lydia for the second time.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Ryder came to be associated with certain indie films taking up roles that one might define as manic pixie dream girl but she switched things in Edward Scissorhands. She played the role of Kim, a blonde cheerleader, a role that was a stark opposite of her real personality. Apart from the fact that the film is an absolute must-watch, Ryder and Johnny Depp were actually dating at the time, which added to their chemistry.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
In Girl, Interrupted, Ryder delivers a compelling performance as Susanna, a teenager who is institutionalised in an upscale facility. While it was Angelina Jolie who bagged the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, this is definitely one of Ryder’s must-watch films.
If you consider yourself a fan of the actress, you absolutely cannot miss her guest appearance in the classic television show FRIENDS. She starred in season seven’s twentieth episode, ‘The One With Rachel’s Big Kiss.’ Winona Ryder and Jennifer Aniston in one frame, what more could one want.
Stranger Things (2016)
Ryder’s comeback performance of sorts, she plays the role of Joyce Byers, a mother who is frantically in search of her son. Probably 2016’s most popular Netflix show, Stranger Things took the world by storm and presented us with Ryder is a never-seen-before avatar.
Wishing this timeless beauty a very happy birthday, we hope she continues to enthral us with her performances in the future, too.