Back in the day --- oy I hate that expression, so okay back when I was in my 20s --- Winona was the ‘it girl’ actress of our generation. She had cult roles in Edward Scissorhands, Heathers and Reality Bites, Oscar nominations for films like The Age of Innocence, a cool off-centre fashion sense, and acclaim for her social activism with missing children.
I thought she was amazing, due to her talent and activism, plus she was Jewish and artsy and geeky and cool. And she dated every young actor and musician out there. Slut... Love ya!
She fell from the spotlight, as starlets tend to, and then fell from grace with a shoplifting arrest caught on tape. Ryder was convicted and sentenced to three years probation, 480 hours of community service and $10,000 in fines. Yeah, she did it, and she has paid the price. Why do we care so much, and why do we look past other stars’ crimes of sex and violence but dwell on this one? Ryder's misdeed pales in comparison to Lindsay Lohan's or any half dozen of today's starlets.
Now Winona is back with her acclaimed role in Black Swan, which I haven’t seen yet, and she is dishing the dirt… Love ya!
In the January 2011 issue of GQ magazine, Ryder claims she's known about Mel Gibson's not-so-palatable side for years: "I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!"
Way to tell it Winona! You put Jodie Foster to shame.
Now on to serious stuff... what ever happened to the planned big screen Three’s Company with you, Ben Stiller, and Cameron Diaz? That's a flick I want to see.