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Winona Ryder appeared to have been a classic story of Hollywood burnout. She was a rising star in the 1990s, and became the darling of Generation X viewers. However, somewhere in the 2000s, things started going awry. After a number of high profile relationships that seemed to fizzle, and then a major run-in with the law due to shoplifting (2001), Ryder seemed to disappear from the limelight. She had a few bit parts here and there, but nothing the level of what she was doing with Beetlejuice, Heathers, Dracula and even her famous matured, semi-serious role in Reality Bites. Ryder would drift and drift out, but she never quite landed a lead role again for years.
Now, with a new TV series release in Netflix’s Stranger Things, Ryder is coming back with a recast persona and character she never could have pulled off when younger, that of a mother trying to find her son who has suddenly disappeared. Ironically, the story is set in the 1980s, a time period Ryder knows extremely well in her teen years and the start of her career (1986). With enough time past, Winona how has the ability to create a new name for herself, an interesting opportunity and one not often available to comeback stars in Hollywood.