It's hard to believe that Winona Ryder is 38-years-old. It seems like just a short time ago that she was playing a high school girl in Heathers or Edward Scissorhands. From there, Ryder's career seemed to take off -- she landed memorable parts as Mina Harker in Francis Ford Coppola's lush but narratively flawed Dracula, won a Golden Globe for another costume drama in The Age of Innocence, and got a Best Actress nod for her work in Little Women. Ryder's resume is filled with memorable roles, but unfortunately it was overshadowed at least to some degree by her arrest in 2001 for shoplifting over $5,000 worth of items from a Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. After that public humiliation, the actress essentially disappeared for four years. We're hearing more from her now, though -- with roles in several upcoming films including Ron Howard's comedy The Dilemma and Darren Aronofsky's highly anticipated thriller Black Swan. With that in mind, it seemed like a perfect time to take a look back at Ryder's body of work and choose her best role to date.
The easy and obvious choices would be The Age of Innocence or Little Women. Ryder received critical acclaim and prestigious award nominations for both portrayals. However, neither is a part I think of when the actress is mentioned. For me, Winona will always be synonymous with some of her early roles -- rebellious Veronica in Heathers, Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands, and Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice. Of the three roles, I think her turn as the gothy teenager in Burton's Beetlejuice is her finest.