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Winona Ryder...... guilty as charged(4 posts)

Winona Ryder...... guilty as chargedStarliner
Nov 8, 2002 12:50 PM
Surprise? Despite one of the jury members being a film guy who Ryder had worked for, the jury verdict was guilty. I am happy and sad at the same time.

Happy because Ryder's star power and femininity didn't get her off the hook, and because I think people who have the means to play the game fairly but who cheat ought to have the book thrown at them, perhaps more than some cash-poor down-and-out.

Sad because around ten or fifteen years ago, Ryder did an honorable and admirable thing which I won't forget. A young teenage girl had been kidnapped out of her bedroom one night in Petaluma California, and in the weeks that followed, the girl's father organized a search center of volunteers to help find his daughter. Ryder, who had gone to school in Petaluma, came up from Hollywood and lent her celebrity to the cause, helping it to keep funded and on the media's front burner. That was a kindness which I will always remember her for, even if she did steal $5000 of underwear and clothing from Saks, which I found mildly surprising for I never figured her to wear underwear in the first place.
Nov 8, 2002 4:45 PM
I find the issue of shoplifting among those who apparently do it for non-financial reasons to be interesting. L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley's daughter was arrested more than once and convicted at least once for shoplifting. This American Life ran an interesting piece on senior citizen shoplifters. They were otherwise law-abiding and from all outward appearances "normal" old folks who played bingo and bitched about sciatica. However, they had a compulsion to go to the local Wal-Mart or whatever and grab stuff they really didn't need. Fortunately or unfortunately they often got off even if caught because management was reluctant to send grandma to the pokey. Anyhow, I'm rambling and have no idea what Winona Ryder's True Hollywood Story will say in the end, but I would be interested to know what was going on inside her petit noggin when she was cutting the tags off those clothes.
Polly Klaasmickey-mac
Nov 8, 2002 4:55 PM
Oh, and you're right about her involvement in the Polly Klaas tragedy. She went well beyond lending her celebrity name to the story.
Nov 8, 2002 5:10 PM
Winona isn't quite "right" anyway. She's had a couple of inpatient admissions to a psych hospital. I guess the shoplifting is just a continuation of a problem.

Real shame. Very talented. Extremely cute IMHO. And probably emotionally troubled. At least she didn't do the normal hollywood thing and check herself into rehab or the psych ward just before trial. She stood there and took it like a She'll never do time anyway.

Personally, I would never want to have to deal with the price of fame, particularly at such a young age. That kind of fame screws people up.