10 Things You Didn’t Know About Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was one of the best things to come out of the ‘90s. She rose to fame during the late ‘80s thanks to her roles in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands and quickly graduated to more Oscar-baity parts in movies like Dracula, The Age of Innocence and Little Women. Although she disappeared from the spotlight for a while, she’s finally making a comeback thanks to her starring role in the Netflix supernatural-horror series Stranger Things. Since she has a birthday coming up, we have 10 things you didn’t know about the ‘90s icon:
Winona Laura Horowitz was born in a farmhouse near Winona, Minnesota on October 29, 1971 to Cynthia, an author/video producer/editor, and Michael, an author/editor/publisher/antiquarian bookseller. She has one younger brother, Uri, and two older half siblings, Jubal Palmer and Sunyata Palmer, from her mother’s previous marriage. Her parents were part of the ‘60s counterculture elite. Her parents were friends with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, writer Aldous Huxley, musician John Lennon and psychedelic guru Timothy Leary, who was Winona’s godfather.
Her father’s family is Jewish and many of her relatives died in the Holocaust. They immigrated to the U.S. from Romania and Russia and changed their name from Thomchin to Horowitz when upon landing. Her father is atheist and her mother is a Buddhist. When she was growing up, her parents encouraged her to take the best parts of other religions and use them to create her own belief system.