CINEMA: Take a Bow, Winona

The star of Little Women has graduated from spooky teen to radiant actress

Winona Ryder trusts her instincts. "I didn't do the strategic, career- building thing, where I make two big movies, then a small independent one, then another big one," she says. "I do the films I like." But there was once, early in her prodigious career, when she took on a movie role in a forgettable number called 1969 just to get out of town. She was 16, and her first hit had just opened: Beetlejuice, in which she plays a crape-draped kid obsessed with death. It was just a movie, but some of her classmates in Petaluma, California, taunted her mercilessly....

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