History Creator / WinonaRyder

14th Jan '18 10:51:07 AM costanton11
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* ActorAllusion:
** Winona's characters keep a diary in the following films - ''Literature/LittleWomen'', ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', ''Film/GirlInterrupted'', ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' and ''Film/RealityBites'' (if a video diary counts).
** She's been the love interest of Keanu Reeves in ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' and ''Film/AScannerDarkly''.


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* AwesomeDearBoy: She has said that she took the role in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' before even reading the script, because she had always wanted to be in an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movie and could brag about it to her brothers.
* CareerResurrection: A case that took time to gradually build. After taking a few years off from acting while she was on probation for [[NeverLiveItDown shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue]], she starred in a film rendition of Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'', which was critically acclaimed. From there, she would manage to pop up in acclaimed independent projects (''Film/BlackSwan'', ''Experimenter'', ''Series/ShowMeAHero'') and occasionally have small parts in more high-budget features (''Film/StarTrek'', ''Film/{{Frankenweenie}}''). However, it really seemed to take hold in a higher profile when she decided to star as single mother Joyce Byers in the Netflix drama series ''Series/StrangerThings'', earning much press and support upon the show's release and even earning nominations for a Golden Globe and a SAG.
* DawsonCasting: Averted early in her career, when she was close in age to most of her teenaged characters. She was sometimes criticized for playing teen roles ("I'm like, 19. What do they want me to play, a judge?"). She became a straighter example of the trope as she grew older. She was 28 in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' whilst her character was 18. Her petite frame and wide eyes contribute to looking much younger.
* DyeHard: Her hair is naturally blonde. She was required to dye it brown for her first film ''Lucas'' - and has alternated between that and blonde over the years.


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* EnforcedMethodActing:
** In ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', when Mina is caught drinking Dracula's blood, Francis Ford Coppola was shouting "slut!" and "whore!" at Winona to get a genuine ashamed reaction out of her.
** She and Creator/AngelinaJolie avoided each other on the set of ''Film/GirlInterrupted'', with Jolie saying if she saw anything human about Winona then she'd be unable to act out the sociopath character of Lisa Rowe as effectively.
* FakeBrit: As the Victorian lady Mina Harker in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.
* FatalMethodActing: A near miss--she nearly drowned during the shooting of the underwater scene in ''Film/AlienResurrection''.


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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite being famous for her roles such as the pretentious and homicidal Veronica Sawyer in ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' and the vain Beth [=MacIntyre=] in ''Film/BlackSwan'', she's known for being a very kind person in real life. While filming ''Black Swan'', she would frequently apologize to Creator/NataliePortman on set for the hateful and vulgar dialogue she delivered to her character. She also offered a reward for the safe return of Polly Klaas, a kidnap victim. After her murder, Ryder dedicated her performance in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' to Klaas.
* TheOtherMarty: Emily Lloyd was originally cast in ''{{Film/Mermaids}}''. But {{Music/Cher}} complained that there was no way they could play mother and daughter, and so she was recast. She got $435,000 and 2.5% of the net profits for her troubles after she sued the filmmakers.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** In ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' and ''Literature/LittleWomen'' she played a GirlNextDoor and a SpiritedYoungLady, respectively, in contrast to her other moody, slightly awkward characters.
** In ''Series/StrangerThings'', she plays a MamaBear of kids who seems to be close to Ryder's age at the time. Many reviews pointed out that it was the virtually the first time she played such a role, as her petite frame and young looks made her prone to DawsonCasting and play characters younger than 30.
* PlayingGertrude: She plays Spock's mother in the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot but is only six years older than Zachary Quinto. A younger actress was cast because they originally had a scene showing Spock's birth, but it ended up cut.
* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Briefly dated Creator/ChristianSlater during the filming of ''Film/{{Heathers}}''.
** She also dated Creator/JohnnyDepp, her co-star in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'', for several years.
* TypeCasting: Early in her career, she found herself playing a lot of moody adolescents - ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ''Film/{{Heathers}}'', ''Film/{{Mermaids}}'' and ''Film/RealityBites''. She also found herself playing a lot of InnocenceLost characters - ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', ''Film/GirlInterrupted'', ''Film/AlienResurrection'', ''Literature/TheCrucible''.
* VacationDearBoy: A variation. She did ''Film/RealityBites'' because she had been doing so many period pieces, and needed a vacation from GorgeousPeriodDress for a while.
* WagTheDirector: She said she would only do ''Film/RealityBites'' if Creator/EthanHawke starred alongside her. She also insisted on Creator/JaneaneGarofalo being rehired after she was fired early in production.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** She was cast as Mary Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather: Part III'', but withdrew. The part went to Creator/SofiaCoppola, [[{{Nepotism}} the daughter of]] Creator/FrancisFordCoppola.
** Creator/WoodyAllen wanted Ryder to star in ''Melinda and Melinda'', with Creator/RobertDowneyJr to co-star, but after her shoplifting arrest and his drug problems, no one would insure them, so Allen couldn't get a bond to complete the movie.
** ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' was originally just going to be a MadeForTVMovie directed by Michael Apted. When Winona saw the script, she brought it to the attention of Francis Ford Coppola, and it got turned into a theatrical feature. Michael Apted remained on as producer.
14th Aug '17 3:39:36 PM Exxolon
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->''"When I'm acting well, it's the most exhilarating experience. When I'm bad, it's miserable."''
30th Jun '17 9:00:17 AM mouschilight
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* AdvertisedExtra: Despite prominent billing in ''Film/BlackSwan'', she has only four minutes of screen time.
16th Jun '17 12:41:23 PM mouschilight
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* FormerChildStar: Aversion. She began acting at 13 but enjoyed far more success in adulthood.
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* AwesomeDearBoy: [[invoked]] She has said that she took the role in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' before even reading the script, because she had always wanted to be in an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movie and could brag about it to her brothers.
* CareerResurrection: [[invoked]] A case that took time to gradually build. After taking a few years off from acting while she was on probation for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue, she starred in a film rendition of Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'', which was critically acclaimed. From there, she would manage to pop up in acclaimed independent projects (''Film/BlackSwan'', ''Experimenter'', ''Series/ShowMeAHero'') and occasionally have small parts in more high-budget features (''Film/StarTrek'', ''Film/{{Frankenweenie}}''). However, it really seemed to take hold in a higher profile when she decided to star as single mother Joyce Byers in the Netflix drama series ''Series/StrangerThings'', earning much press and support upon the show's release.
* DawsonCasting: [[invoked]] Averted early in her career, when she was close in age to most of her teenaged characters. She was sometimes criticized for playing teen roles ("I'm like, 19. What do they want me to play, a judge?"). She became a straighter example of the trope as she grew older. She was 28 in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' whilst her character was 18. Her petite frame and wide eyes contribute to looking much younger.
* DyeHard: [[invoked]] Her hair is naturally blonde. She was required to dye it brown for her first film ''Lucas'' - and has alternated between that and blonde over the years.



* FatalMethodActing: [[invoked]] A near miss--she nearly drowned during the shooting of the underwater scene in ''Alien: Resurrection''.
* FormerChildStar: Aversion. She began acting at 13 but enjoyed far more success in adulthood.



* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: [[invoked]] Despite being famous for her roles such as the pretentious and homicidal Veronica Sawyer in ''Heathers'' and the vain Beth [=MacIntyre=] in ''Black Swan'', she's known for being a very kind person in real life. While filming ''Black Swan'', she would frequently apologize to Natalie Portman on set for the hateful and vulgar dialogue she delivered to her character. She also offered a reward for the safe return of Polly Klaas, a kidnap victim. After her murder, Ryder dedicated her performance in ''Little Women'' to Klaas.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]]
** In ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' and ''Literature/LittleWomen'' she played a GirlNextDoor and a SpiritedYoungLady, respectively, in contrast to her other moody, slightly awkward characters.
** In ''Series/StrangerThings'', she plays a MamaBear of kids who seems to be close to Ryder's age at the time. Many reviews pointed out that it was the virtually the first time she played such a role, as her petite frame and young looks made her prone to DawsonCasting and play characters younger than 30. For reference, the other time she played a mother, being Spock's mom in ''Film/StarTrek'', the actor playing her son was only six years younger than her and already an adult, thus she was PlayingGertrude.
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[invoked]] Briefly dated Creator/ChristianSlater during the filming of ''Film/{{Heathers}}''. She also dated Creator/JohnnyDepp, her co-star in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
* TypeCasting: [[invoked]] Early in her career, she found herself playing a lot of moody adolescents - ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ''Film/{{Heathers}}'', ''Film/{{Mermaids}}'' and ''Film/RealityBites''. She also found herself playing a lot of 'innocence lost' characters - ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', ''Film/GirlInterrupted'', ''Film/AlienResurrection'', ''Literature/TheCrucible''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** She was cast as Mary Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather: Part III'', but withdrew. The part went to Sofia Coppola.
** Creator/WoodyAllen wanted Ryder to star in ''Melinda and Melinda'', with Creator/RobertDowneyJr to co-star, but after her shoplifting arrest and his drug problems, no one would insure them, so Allen couldn't get a bond to complete the movie.
23rd Nov '16 3:40:41 PM MugenKagemaru
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Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz; born October 29, 1971) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. A few of her roles have been Lydia Deetz in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (1988), Veronica Sawyer in ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' (1989), Kim Boggs in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Jo March in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' (1994), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), Spock's mother in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), Sandra Dulles in ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009), a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010) and Joyce Byers in ''Series/StrangerThings'' (2016-). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.

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Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz; born October 29, 1971) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. A few of her roles have been Lydia Deetz in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (1988), Veronica Sawyer in ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' (1989), Kim Boggs in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Jo March in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' (1994), Abigail Williams in ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' (1996), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), Spock's mother in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), Sandra Dulles in ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009), a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010) and Joyce Byers in ''Series/StrangerThings'' (2016-). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.
13th Oct '16 7:52:24 PM JamesAustin
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'''Winona Ryder''' (born October 29, 1971) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. A few of her roles have been the LoveInterest of the eponymous character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Veronica Sawyer in ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' (1989), Lydia Deetz in Film/{{Beetlejuice}} (1988), Jo March in ''LittleWomen'' (1994), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), Spock's mother in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), Sandra Dulles in ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009), a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010) and Joyce Byers in ''Series/StrangerThings'' (2016-). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.

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'''Winona Ryder''' Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz; born October 29, 1971) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. A few of her roles have been the LoveInterest of the eponymous character Lydia Deetz in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (1988), Veronica Sawyer in ''Film/{{Heathers}}'' (1989), Kim Boggs in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Veronica Sawyer in ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' (1989), Lydia Deetz in Film/{{Beetlejuice}} (1988), Jo March in ''LittleWomen'' ''Literature/LittleWomen'' (1994), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), Spock's mother in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), Sandra Dulles in ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009), a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010) and Joyce Byers in ''Series/StrangerThings'' (2016-). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.



* BoyishShortHair: Had short SpikyHair in her youth and was mistaken for a boy by a lot of her classmates.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette : Often, but [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia Deetz]] is the best example.

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* BoyishShortHair: Had short SpikyHair AwesomeDearBoy: [[invoked]] She has said that she took the role in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' before even reading the script, because she had always wanted to be in an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movie and could brag about it to her brothers.
* CareerResurrection: [[invoked]] A case that took time to gradually build. After taking a few years off from acting while she was on probation for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue, she starred in a film rendition of Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'', which was critically acclaimed. From there, she would manage to pop up in acclaimed independent projects (''Film/BlackSwan'', ''Experimenter'', ''Series/ShowMeAHero'') and occasionally have small parts in more high-budget features (''Film/StarTrek'', ''Film/{{Frankenweenie}}''). However, it really seemed to take hold in a higher profile when she decided to star as single mother Joyce Byers in the Netflix drama series ''Series/StrangerThings'', earning much press and support upon the show's release.
* DawsonCasting: [[invoked]] Averted early
in her youth and career, when she was mistaken for a boy by a lot close in age to most of her classmates.
teenaged characters. She was sometimes criticized for playing teen roles ("I'm like, 19. What do they want me to play, a judge?"). She became a straighter example of the trope as she grew older. She was 28 in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' whilst her character was 18. Her petite frame and wide eyes contribute to looking much younger.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette : DyeHard: [[invoked]] Her hair is naturally blonde. She was required to dye it brown for her first film ''Lucas'' - and has alternated between that and blonde over the years.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette:
Often, but [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Lydia Deetz]] is the best example.example.
* FatalMethodActing: [[invoked]] A near miss--she nearly drowned during the shooting of the underwater scene in ''Alien: Resurrection''.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite being famous for her roles such as the pretentious and homicidal Veronica Sawyer in Heathers and the vain Beth [=MacIntyre=] in Black Swan, she's known for being a very kind person in real life. While filming ''Black Swan'', she would frequently apologize to Natalie Portman on set for the hateful and vulgar dialogue she delivered to her character. She also offered a reward for the safe return of Polly Klaas, a kidnap victim. After her murder, Ryder dedicated her performance in ''Little Women'' to Klaas.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: [[invoked]] Despite being famous for her roles such as the pretentious and homicidal Veronica Sawyer in Heathers ''Heathers'' and the vain Beth [=MacIntyre=] in Black Swan, ''Black Swan'', she's known for being a very kind person in real life. While filming ''Black Swan'', she would frequently apologize to Natalie Portman on set for the hateful and vulgar dialogue she delivered to her character. She also offered a reward for the safe return of Polly Klaas, a kidnap victim. After her murder, Ryder dedicated her performance in ''Little Women'' to Klaas.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]]
** In ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' and ''Literature/LittleWomen'' she played a GirlNextDoor and a SpiritedYoungLady, respectively, in contrast to her other moody, slightly awkward characters.
** In ''Series/StrangerThings'', she plays a MamaBear of kids who seems to be close to Ryder's age at the time. Many reviews pointed out that it was the virtually the first time she played such a role, as her petite frame and young looks made her prone to DawsonCasting and play characters younger than 30. For reference, the other time she played a mother, being Spock's mom in ''Film/StarTrek'', the actor playing her son was only six years younger than her and already an adult, thus she was PlayingGertrude.
* RomanceOnTheSet: [[invoked]] Briefly dated Creator/ChristianSlater during the filming of ''Film/{{Heathers}}''. She also dated Creator/JohnnyDepp, her co-star in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
* TypeCasting: [[invoked]] Early in her career, she found herself playing a lot of moody adolescents - ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ''Film/{{Heathers}}'', ''Film/{{Mermaids}}'' and ''Film/RealityBites''. She also found herself playing a lot of 'innocence lost' characters - ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', ''Film/GirlInterrupted'', ''Film/AlienResurrection'', ''Literature/TheCrucible''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** She was cast as Mary Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather: Part III'', but withdrew. The part went to Sofia Coppola.
** Creator/WoodyAllen wanted Ryder to star in ''Melinda and Melinda'', with Creator/RobertDowneyJr to co-star, but after her shoplifting arrest and his drug problems, no one would insure them, so Allen couldn't get a bond to complete the movie.
3rd Sep '16 12:11:22 PM Donnietu
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'''Winona Ryder''' (born October 29, 1971) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. A few of her roles have been the LoveInterest of the eponymous character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Veronica Sawyer in ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' (1989), Lydia Deetz in Film/{{Beetlejuice}} (1988), Jo March in ''LittleWomen'' (1994), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), Spock's mother in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), Sandra Dulles in ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009), a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010) and Joyce Byers''Series/StrangerThings'' (2016-). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.

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'''Winona Ryder''' (born October 29, 1971) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. A few of her roles have been the LoveInterest of the eponymous character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Veronica Sawyer in ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' (1989), Lydia Deetz in Film/{{Beetlejuice}} (1988), Jo March in ''LittleWomen'' (1994), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), Spock's mother in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), Sandra Dulles in ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009), a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010) and Joyce Byers''Series/StrangerThings'' Byers in ''Series/StrangerThings'' (2016-). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.
26th Aug '16 10:28:53 PM frogpatrol
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'''Winona Ryder''' (October 29, 1971-) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. Some of her most famous roles have been the LoveInterest of the eponymous character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Veronica Sawyer in ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' (1989), Lydia Deetz in Film/{{Beetlejuice}} (1988), Jo March in ''LittleWomen'' (1994), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009) and a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.

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'''Winona Ryder''' (October (born October 29, 1971-) 1971) is an actress famous for playing kooky, slightly awkward characters in a number of movies. Some A few of her most famous roles have been the LoveInterest of the eponymous character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' (1990), Veronica Sawyer in ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' (1989), Lydia Deetz in Film/{{Beetlejuice}} (1988), Jo March in ''LittleWomen'' (1994), Susanna Kaysen in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' (1999), Spock's mother in ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), Sandra Dulles in ''The Private Lives of Pippa Lee'' (2009) and (2009), a supporting role in ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2010).(2010) and Joyce Byers''Series/StrangerThings'' (2016-). She was involved with the actor Creator/JohnnyDepp for three years before they later split, and was linked with Creator/MattDamon in the early Noughties.



* FormerChildStar: Aversion. She started acting at thirteen but enjoyed far more success in adulthood.

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* FormerChildStar: Aversion. She started began acting at thirteen 13 but enjoyed far more success in adulthood.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite being famous for her roles such as the pretentious and homicidal Veronica Sawyer in Heathers and the vain Beth [=MacIntyre=] in Black Swan, she's known for being a very kind person in real life. While filming Black Swan, she would frequently apologize to Natalie Portman on set for the hateful and vulgar dialogue she delivered to her character. She also offered a reward for the safe return of Polly Klaas, a kidnap victim. After her murder, Ryder dedicated her performance in "Little Women" to Klaas.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite being famous for her roles such as the pretentious and homicidal Veronica Sawyer in Heathers and the vain Beth [=MacIntyre=] in Black Swan, she's known for being a very kind person in real life. While filming Black Swan, ''Black Swan'', she would frequently apologize to Natalie Portman on set for the hateful and vulgar dialogue she delivered to her character. She also offered a reward for the safe return of Polly Klaas, a kidnap victim. After her murder, Ryder dedicated her performance in "Little Women" ''Little Women'' to Klaas.
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