Happy Birthday, Winona Ryder! Take a Look Back at Her Most Insane Roles to Date
Happy birthday to the lovely Winona Ryder, who turns 45 today! Ryder has been a Hollywood mainstay since her days shouting "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!" and has since returned to the small-screen in full force with the incredibly binge-worthy Netflix show, Stranger Things.
Since starring in 1988's Beetlejuice, which she revealed last year is getting the re-boot treatment, the actress has had no trouble cementing her spot among Hollywood's finest. She's starred in many of our favorite films, including the dark comedy Heathers in 1988, and another Tim Burton movie, Edward Scissorhands in 1990. Then, in 1993, Ryder won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination in the same category for her role in The Age of Innocence. She's also starred alongside Angelina Jolie in the drama Girl, Interrupted and famously kissed Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) on a hilarious episode of Friends.
2016 has been a big year for the actress, thanks to the cult-worthy following and major success of her new show Stranger Things, which was renewed for a second (and longer!) season in 2017. Here's to nine more episodes of a crazed Joyce Byers, and a very happy 45th birthday to the always-gorgeous Winona Ryder!
Scroll below to take a look at the most insane roles Ryder has played over the years.
As Lydia Deetz, Ryder befriends the ghosts that haunt her family's home, and almost marries the titular ghost, Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), before being rescued by her other-worldly friends.
After her new boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) kills the Queen Bee of Veronica's (Ryder) clique, the duo team up in a plot to kill the popular kids at their high school and save the nerds from the bullies in this classic dark comedy.
Edward Scissorhands, 1990
We'll never forget the scene of Kim (Ryder) dancing in Edward's (Johnny Depp) ice sculpture snow shavings. And really, what's not to love about this Tim Burton movie on ill-fated young love?
Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1992
As Mina Murray, Ryder is seduced by Dracula (Gary Oldman) and eventually kills him in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the famous novel.
The Crucible, 1996
Ryder plays Abigail Williams, a young girl who frames her ex-lover's wife as a witch during the 1692 Salem Witch trials. Talk about a crazy ex-girlfriend...
Girl, Interrupted, 1999
After being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Susana (Ryder), spends 18 months in a 1960s women's mental institution. Needless to say, some scary stuff goes down.
It may have been just a single episode arc, but Ryder remains one of our favorite guest stars on the show, when she reunites with her college buddy Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) for a kiss to go down in TV history. Take that, Phoebe!
Black Swan, 2010
Ryder's role in this film isn't a huge one, as "The Dying Swan," but an important one nonetheless. After being forced into retirement to make room for the new principle ballerina, Nina (Natalie Portman), Beth is injured in a serious car accident, and is never able to dance again.
Stranger Things, 2016
When Joyce Byers's (Ryder) son, Will (Noah Schnapp), goes missing, Joyce knows he didn't run away. After supernatural happenings and murders-by-Demogorgon, Joyce, police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour), and a gang of (amazing) kids go on a mission to The Upside Down to rescue Will.