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                            November 15, 1996
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Copyright 1995, 1996 C. Scott Duprey, all rights reserved.
This FAQ is broken up into *four* parts as follows:

1/4-> Introduction
      1.1-> Formatting
      1.2-> Basic Netiquette
      1.3-> About the FAQ and Its Sources of Info
      1.4-> Where can I get a copy of the FAQ?
      1.5-> Feedback

2/4-> Frequently Asked Questions
      2.1-> Biographical Information
      2.2-> Where can I write to Winona Ryder?
      2.3-> What are some of her favorite films?
      2.4-> Where can I get pictures of Winona on the Internet?
      2.5-> How do I uudecode pictures posted to Usenet groups?
      2.6-> Has Winona ever done nudity?  Where can I get nude photos of =
            Will she appear nude soon?
      2.7-> Does Winona have an Internet e-mail address?
      2.8-> Who is Polly Klaas?  Why is the film "Little Women" dedicated=

3/4-> Winona Related Internet Sites
      3.1-> Photo Archives
      3.2-> Mailing List
      3.3-> World Wide Web Sites

4/4-> Filmography and Other Credits
      4.1-> Current Projects
      4.2-> Upcoming Projects
      4.3-> Filmography
            Lucas (1986)
            Square Dance (1987)
            Beetlejuice (1988)
            1969 (1988)
            Heathers (1989)
            Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
            Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael (1990)
            Edward Scissorhands (1990)
            Mermaids (1990)
            Night on Earth (1991)
            Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
            The Age of Innocence (1993)
            The House of the Spirits (1993)
            Reality Bites (1994)
            Little Women (1994)
            How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
            Boys (1996)
      4.4-> Other Credits
      4.5-> Rumors & Other Stuff

                      Filmography and Other Credits

4.1-> Current Projects
                           The Crucible (1996)
               Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen
                        Written by Arthur Miller
                            based on his play
                       Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Story about the 17th century Salem witch trials, based on the mandatory
American high-school reading assignment.  Ryder is Abigail, Day-Lewis is =
Proctor, Allen is Elizabeth.  Opens in the US on November 27, 1996.

                       Looking for Richard (1996)
    Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Aidan Quinn, Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey
         based on the play "Richard III" by William Shakespeare
               Written for the screen & Directed by Pacino
Documentary which combines "Richard III" with Pacino's attempts to stage =
play and figure out exactly what it's about.  Pacino's directorial debut.

4.2-> Upcoming Projects
                       Alien: Resurrection (1997)
                    Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder
                         Written by Joss Whedon
                     Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Yes, at this moment in time, Ryder is signed and scheduled to co-star in =
4 of the Alien saga. This time around, a half-alien genetically =
Ripley (Weaver) teams up with a female android (a newly buffed up Ryder) =
to do
some more intergalactic butt kicking. Planned as one of 1997's summer
blockbusters, this is easily Winona's highest profile project to date.

4.3-> Filmography
=46ollowing are brief synopses of the films Winona has appeared in.  They=
not reviews, and I will not get into the artistic merit of each film.   I
didn't want to just list titles, though, because sometimes you're racking=
brain trying to come up with title of the film she was in where she was =
school valedictorian.  Someone might tell you "Reality Bites" when you =
actually thinking of "1969".  I've also included the names of some of =
co-stars, the year of release, and some other pertinent info.

                              Lucas (1986)
          Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder
                   Written & Directed by David Seltzer
              MPAA Rating: PG-13; Running time: 104 Minutes
Lucas (Haim) is a 14 year old genius.  Skipped ahead a few grades in =
he's an outsider -- too young, too smart.  Maggie (Green) is the new girl=
town.  Since she has no friends , she forms a friendship with Lucas.  =
falls in love with her.  The only problem is, Maggie's in love with =
(Sheen), the popular captain of the football team -- and Lucas's only =
Winona Ryder plays Rina, the girl who has a crush on Lucas, in her film =

                           Square Dance (1987)
               Also known as "Home is Where the Heart Is"
        Jason Robards, Winona Ryder, Jane Alexander and Rob Lowe
                          Written by Alan Hines
                        Directed by Daniel Petrie
              MPAA Rating: PG-13; Running time: 112 Minutes
Coming of age story about a Texas girl named Gemma (Ryder) who leaves her
grandfather's (Robards) farm to live with her mother (Alexander).  Rob =
received a Supporting Actor Golden Globe Nomination for his change of =
role as Rory, Gemma's mentally retarded friend.

                           Beetlejuice (1988)
Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones =
                            Catherine O'Hara
              Written by Michael McDowell & Warren Skarren
                         Directed by Tim Burton
        MPAA Rating: PG, UK Rating: 15; Running time: 92 Minutes
Ghostbusters in reverse.  Adam (Baldwin) and Barbara (Davis) are young, =
love -- and dead.  Now the Deitzes (Jones and O'Hara) have just moved =
their house and they're not letting Adam and Barbara rest in peace.  Even
though Adam and Barbara have befriended the Deitzes' daughter Lydia =
the Deitzes still have to go.  So Adam and Barbara enlist the aid of
Betelgeuse (Keaton), who decides to marry Lydia so he can stay in the
physical world.  Followed by an animated series.

                               1969 (1988)
           Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder
                  Written & Directed by Ernest Thompson
       MPAA Rating: R; German Rating: 12; Running time: 93 Minutes
Ralph (Downey) and Scott (Sutherland) are best friends, coming of age in =
turbulent time in America's history.  They do all the clich=82d Age of =
things: hitchhike, experiment with drugs, meet nudists, and break into =
Post Office to burn their draft cards.  Their friendship is threatened =
Ralph's sensitive younger sister, Beth (Ryder), and Scott fall in love.

                             Heathers (1989)
                    also known as "Lethal Attraction"
             Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannon Doherty
                        Written by Daniel Waters
                       Directed by Michael Lehmann
                MPAA Rating: R; Running time: 102 Minutes
Dark satire concerning Veronica (Ryder) a popular girl who runs with the
Heathers, the most elite and ruthless clique at Westerburg High.  =
about fed up with the way they treat everyone when she hooks up with the =
bad boy in town, J.D. (Slater).  The two of them begin picking off their
enemies one by one and making their murders appear to be suicides.=20
Ultimately, Veronica has to make a choice: to stand up for what she =
or to follow one leader or another for the rest of her life.

                       Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
               Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder and Alec Baldwin
                   Written by Jack Baran & Jim McBride
           based on the book by Myra Lewis with Murray Silver
                           Directed by McBride
              MPAA Rating: PG-13; Running time: 102 Minutes
Biography of 1950's rock and roll star Jerry Lee Lewis (Quaid) and the =
surrounding his marriage to his 13 year old second cousin, Myra (Ryder).=20
Baldwin plays Jerry Lee's bible thumping cousin, Jimmy Swaggart.

                   Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael (1990)
                       Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels
                     Written by Karen Leigh Hopkins
                        Directed by Jim Abrahams
              MPAA Rating: PG-13; Running time: 98 Minutes
A small town in Ohio goes nuts over the anticipated return of local hero =
Carmichael.  Dinky Bosetti (Ryder), the town's weird girl, is convinced =
Roxy is her long lost mother, and plans to run away with her when she =

                       Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall=
                              Vincent Price
                      Written by Caroline Thompson
                     based on a story by Tim Burton
                           Directed by Burton
      MPAA Rating: PG-13, UK Rating: PG; Running time: 100 Minutes
Edward (Depp) is created by a lonely inventor (Price), who dies before =
him human hands, leaving him with shears for fingers.  Found by a kindly =
lady (Wiest) who takes him in, Edward tries to fit into normal society.  =
when Edward finds his niche, things fall apart as he falls in love with =
Avon lady's daughter, Kim (Ryder), and incurs the wrath of Kim's
jealous boyfriend, Jim (Hall).  Depp received a Golden Globe Nomination =
his performance as Edward.

                             Mermaids (1990)
Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling, and Christina Ricci
                         Written by June Roberts
                    based on the novel by Patty Dann
                      Directed by Richard Benjamin
      MPAA Rating: PG-13, UK Rating: 15; Running time: 111 Minutes
Charlotte Flax (Ryder) is having a hard time growing up.  Between her =
embarrassment of a mother (Cher), her confusion concerning her sexual
awakening, her attraction towards the monastery's grounds keeper, Joe
(Schoeffling), and the fact that her family moves whenever her mother =
up with a boyfriend, Charlotte just can't seem to find her place =
Ryder received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

                          Night on Earth (1991)
Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni, Matti
                   Written & Directed by Jim Jarmusch
                MPAA Rating: R; Running time: 125 Minutes
Anthology chronicling the experiences of five taxi drivers from all over =
world: Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, Helsinki.  In her vignette, =
plays Corky, a cab driver whose fare wants to make her a star, but that =
ruin Corky's plans.

                      Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
        Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves
                           Written by Jim Hart
                    based on the novel by Bram Stoker
                    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
 MPAA Rating: R, UK Rating: 18, German Rating: 16, Finland Rating: K-16;
                        Running time: 122 Minutes
Retelling of the classic story with Oldman as the Count; Ryder as Mina, =
eternal love; Hopkins as Van Helsing; and Reeves as Mina's fiancee, =
Harker.  Winner of the Academy Award for Best Costume Design; nominated =
Best Production Design.

                       The Age of Innocence (1993)
            Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder
                 Written by Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese
                   based on the novel by Edith Wharton
                          Directed by Scorsese
        MPAA Rating: PG, UK Rating: U; Running time: 139 Minutes
In the high society of 1870s New York, Newland Archer (Day-Lewis) is =
to be married to the beautiful but (apparently) empty-headed May Welland
(Ryder).  When Archer meets May's cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska
(Pfeiffer), he is immediately smitten by her unconventional ways.  Archer
desperately wants to be with Ellen, but doing so will break every =
law regarding society and everyone's place in it that he and the rest of =
circle follow.  Can Archer give up everything he has for the only person =
truly wants?

The Age of Innocence received Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama; =
Director (Scorsese); Best Actress (Pfeiffer); Ryder won a Golden Globe =
Best Supporting Actress (Drama).  The film also received the following =
Award nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Ryder); Best Original Score =
Bernstein); Best Screenplay Adapted from Material Previously Published in
Another Form (Cocks & Scorsese); Best Production Design (Dante Ferretti).=
Gabriella Pescucci received the film's sole Oscar, for Best Costume =

                     The House of the Spirits (1993)
                    also known as "Geisterhaus, Das"
Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Winona Ryder and Antonio =
                        Written by Billie August
                  based on the novel by Isabel Allende
                           Directed by August
                MPAA Rating: R; Running time: 145 Minutes
Story following three generations of the Trueba family, a wealthy South
American clan, amidst social, economic and political upheaval.

                          Reality Bites (1994)
                 Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller
                       Written by Helen Childress
                           Directed by Stiller
 MPAA Rating: PG-13; UK Rating: 12; Finland Rating: S; Sweden Rating: 7;
                        Running time: 99 Minutes
So-called "Generation X" film basically is nothing new: should Lelaina =
choose rich yuppie Michael (Stiller) over slacker buddy Troy (Hawke) for
romantic happiness?

                           Little Women (1994)
Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Samantha =
Mathis and
                             Susan Sarandon
                        Written by Robin Swicord
                 based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
                      Directed by Gillian Armstrong
MPAA Rating: PG; UK Rating: U; Finland Rating: S; Running time: 119 =
=46ourth retelling of the classic novel (this one with a bit of a =
slant) of that time between adolescence and womanhood follows the ups and
downs of the March sisters during the 19th century.  The film received =
Awards nominations for Best Actress (Ryder), Best Original Score (Thomas
Newman), and Costume Design (Colleen Atwood).

                  How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
                    Starring (in alphabetical order):
Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Capshaw, Claire Danes, =
 Leto, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, Winona Ryder, Rip Torn, Mykelti
                        Williamson, Alfre Woodard
                        Written by Jane Anderson
                      Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
When her boyfriend proposes marriage, Finn (Ryder) seeks the advice of =
grandmother Hy (Burstyn).  The members of Hy's sewing circle share =
stories of
their lives (a la Joy Luck Club) as they make Finn's wedding quilt.

                               Boys (1996)
                      also known as "Drive By Kiss"
                    also known as "The Girl You Want"
                        Winona Ryder, Lucas Haas
                   Written & Directed by Stacy Cochran
John Baker (Haas) discovers Patty Vare (Ryder) injured in the woods after=
horseback riding accident.  He sneaks her back to his dorm room at an all=
school to nurse her back to health, but she's on the run from the police.=
decides to run with her and along the way, they fall in love.

4.4-> Other Credits
Originally, I intended to list only Winona's films, but due to enormous =
response, here is a listing of some of her other credits.

----> appeared as a sniper in the music video "Without a Trace" from =
      Dancers Union

----> a guest voice-over on an episode the American animated television
      series, "The Simpsons".  Winona provided the voice of Alison, Lisa
      Simpson's prodigious rival.

----> read the audio tape of the definitive version of "The Diary of a =
      Girl" by Anne Frank. The tape was nominated for a Grammy award.

----> a cameo in a concert special, "Philips DCC Presents Zoo TV =
Featuring U2"

----> appeared in the music video for Mojo Nixon's "Debbie Gibson is =
      With my Two-Headed Love Child".  Winona played Debbie.

----> appeared in the music video for Cher's version of "It's In His Kiss=
      Shoop-Shoop Song)" from the film "Mermaids"

----> a guest voice over on an episode of the American animated =
      series "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist".

4.5-> Rumors & Other Stuff
Just a couple of rumors that need confirmation one way or another:

----> appeared in a corporate video for "The Gap" as part of the deal to =
      their franchise in "Reality Bites"

----> will star in "Girl Interrupted" for director Jocelyn Moorhouse.
      The story concerns a young woman who is committed to an asylum in =

Other stuff:

----> might star in "Company of Angels" for director Kathryn Bigelow.
      "Company of Angels" is a Joan of Arc film that Bigelow has been
      developing with screenwriter Jay Cocks for at least five years now.=
      one point Sinead O'Connor was slated to play St. Joan, but the =
      front runner seems to be Claire Danes.

----> has optioned the novel "Roustabout" by Michelle Chalfoun, with the
      intention of producing and starring in the film version.  The story
      concerns a circus performer who goes through a hard life under the =

----> might guest star on the American television series "The X-Files". =
      now, I'm sure many of you have heard this one, but at the moment, =
      contract is signed, and I doubt that she will make an appearance =
      soon. Between promoting Looking for Richard and The Crucible, =
      buffed up for, and then shooting, Alien: Resurrection (see Section =
      when is she supposed to have time to be on "The X-Files"? In a =
      note, there is a rumor that she is romantically involved with "The =
      Files" star David Duchovny. I don't know (frankly, I don't care) if=
      is or isn't true, so please don't e-mail asking about it.

----> will be starring with Christian Slater in a remake of a film =
      "All Night Long". A reliable source tells me that Winona's east =
      based PR firm knows nothing about this project, so it doesn't seem

----> will star in an adaptation of the novel "The Trials of Maria =
      As of this writing, 20th Century Fox has optioned the novel, but =
      is no script, director, or stars attached to the project.


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