It's hard to believe that our childhood star Winona Ryder is turning 45 this year, having watched her go from obscure support actress to strong female lead. She has spent time both inside and out of the Hollywood spotlight, and her life has not been without drama even behind-the-scenes.
Here's a closer look at one of the coolest actresses who manages to balance success with being the embodiment of the cult classic.
She's terrified of water
When only 12 years old, Ryder almost drowned in what must have been a traumatic near-death experience. She overcame this fear to take part in the underwater scenes of Alien: Resurrection, however due to complications on set nearly had another close encounter!
Coulda, woulda, shoulda
Despite gracing films like Beetlejuice, Girl, Interrupted, and A Scanner Darkly, what is more amazing are the films she almost took on. These include The Godfather III, Fight Club, even the part of Rose in Titanic!
But opportunity often comes with a price, and for Ryder it was no different.