Winona Ryder Biography – Age, Career, Marriage, Controversy & Net Worth

Winona Ryder & boyfriend Scott Mackinlay Hahn

Winona Ryder or Winona Laura Horowitz is an American actress and model by profession. She is known for her roles in popular Hollywood movies like Heathers, Mermaids, Dracula, and other popular films.

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Born on 29 October 1971, Winona Ryder’s age is 49 years as of 2021. She was born and brought up in a well-settled family from Winona, Minnesota, United States. She completed her early schooling at Kenilworth Junior High School in Petaluma, California. After that, she attended American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco from where she took her acting lessons.

Early Life

She completed her graduation from Petaluma High School in the year 1989. In an interview, she revealed that she was bullied at school and even they called her a witch, due to which she also lost her interest in studies. She has also developed aquaphobia at an early age and this psychological trauma later created problems when she was shooting underwater scenes for the movie Alien Resurrection.


Winona Ryder started her career as an actress in the American film industry. She made her debut appearance with the movie titled Lucas in the year 1986 along with Charlie Sheen and Kerri Green. Before that, she also auditioned for the movie Desert Bloom but eventually, the role went to someone else.

In the very next year, she made her appearance in the movie titled Square Dance. Although both the movies didn’t perform well commercially she was praised for her acting skills. In the year 1988, she bagged another film titled Beetlejuice which gained her a lot of recognition in the industry.


Winona Ryder and boyfriend, Scott Mackinlay Hahn

Ryder was engaged to actor Johnny Depp for three years beginning in July 1990. She met him at the Great Balls of Fire! premiere in June 1989, and they began dating two months later, when she was 17 and he was 26. From 1993 to 1996, she dated Soul Asylum band member Dave Pirner. She dated Matt Damon from 1998 to 2000, and she has been in a relationship with Scott Mackinlay Hahn since 2011


Keanu Reeves co-starred with Winona Ryder in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film “Dracula”, and it’s an experience that bonded the two actors for life.He revealed in a new video interview for Esquire, he believes that when their characters got married onscreen they also got hitched for real.

“We did a whole take of a marriage ceremony with real priests,” the “John Wick” star explained. “Winona says we are. Coppola says we are. So I guess we’re married under the eyes of God.”



Winona Ryder has won several popular awards throughout her filming and television career in the American entertainment industry. She has been nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in the year 1993 and 1994. She has also been nominated for the BAFTA Awards in the year 1993.

Along with these popular awards she has been nominated for several popular awards like Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards, and Screen Actors Guil Awards. She has also received the Golden Globe Awards in the year 1993 and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Drama in the year 2017.


Winona Ryder was landed into a controversy when she was arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California. On 12 December 2001, she was accused of stealing designer clothes and accessories at a department store named Saks Fifth Avenue.

After this incident, Winona issued a statement in which she stated that this incident occurred when she was facing a difficult time in her life and was clinically depressed. In the year 2002, she got the punishment of three years of probation, 480 hours of community service, $3700 as a fine, and $6355 as restitution to the Saks Fifth Avenue Store.

Net Worth

As of 2021, Winona Ryder’s net worth is $18 million. She mainly earns through filming and television projects. She also earns through brand endorsements, commercials, sponsorships, and other ventures.

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