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Frequently plays a character who writes. In most of her films, she's played a journalist, reporter, a writer, or just a teenager who writes in a journal or diary.

Her real hair color is blonde but when she made her first major film, Lucas (1986), her hair color was dyed black. She was told to keep it that color and it has stayed that color since.

Her December 22, 1999, guest spot on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) was her second-ever appearance on a talk show. She did it to promote Girl, Interrupted (1999), the first film on which she served as executive producer. She clearly had jitters but settled in comfortably. She made her first appearance on "Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986)_ with "Mermaids" co-star Cher.

Injured knee while filming Girl, Interrupted (1999). (22 March 1999)

Ranked #42 in Empire (UK) magazine's the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. (October 1997)

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. (1997)

Born at 11:00am, CDT.

She briefly checked herself into a hospital when she was 20, because she was suffering from depression, anxiety attacks, and exhaustion, resulting from constantly working on films.

Received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, in October 2000, and was voted Best-Dressed Celebrity of the Week by Entertainment Weekly for the event.

Helped Italian designer Giorgio Armani promote his Manhattan chain of stores. (1996)

Had to turn down the role of Nina in The Object of My Affection (1998) due to scheduling conflicts. (1997)

Chosen as one of the Top Players Under 35 list by People magazine. (1996)

Began work on Girl, Interrupted (1999), which took four more years to make it to the screen. (1996)

The role of Nola in Celebrity (1998) was actually written for Drew Barrymore. (1997)

Although there was no electricity on the commune where they lived, when Winona was seven, her mother began to run an old movie theater in a nearby barn and would screen movies all day. She allowed Winona to miss school to watch movies with her.

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