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  • Winona Ryder

    Born on October 29, 1971 in Winona, Minnesota

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Black Swan (2010)

Winona Ryder as "Beth MacIntyre/The Dying Swan"

Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Little Women (1994)

Winona Ryder as "Josephine "Jo" March"

In this 1994 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic, the March sisters confront growing pains, financial shortages, family tragedies and romantic rivalries in mid-19th-century Massachusetts. Jo (Winona Ryder) struggles for independence and sometimes clashes with her beloved mother and her sisters Meg, Amy and Beth. She also contends with their cranky Aunt March, their impulsive neighbor Laurie (Christian Bale) and kindly linguistics professor Friedrich Bhaer (Gabriel Byrne).

Academy Award (1994) Nominated Best Actress

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Winona Ryder as "May Welland"

Wealthy lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to sweet socialite May Welland (Winona Ryder) in 1870s New York. On the surface, it is a perfect match. But when May's beautiful cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is estranged from her brutish husband, arrives in town, Newland begins to question the meaning of passion and love as he desperately pursues a relationship with Ellen, even though she has been made a social outcast by Archer's peers.

Academy Award (1993) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1993) Won Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Mermaids (1990)

Winona Ryder as "Charlotte Flax"

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Flax (Winona Ryder) is tired of her wacky mom (Cher) moving their family to a different town any time she feels it is necessary. When they move to a small Massachusetts town and Mrs. Flax begins dating a shopkeeper (Bob Hoskins), Charlotte and her 9-year-old sister, Kate (Christina Ricci), hope that they can finally settle down. But when Charlotte's attraction to an older man gets in the way, the family must learn to accept each other for who they truly are.

Golden Globe (1990) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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