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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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!!This actress' roles provide examples of:

* 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.
* FormerChildStar: Aversion. She began acting at 13 but enjoyed far more success in adulthood.
* IAmVeryBritish: Adopts this type of accent for ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.
* 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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