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Winona Ryder on Tim Burton: 'I credit him with my career'


Winona Ryder credits Tim Burton with her entire career, insisting she knew she had met a kindred spirit when they became instant pals during their first meeting.

Ryder landed her big break playing kooky teenager Lydia Deetz in Burton's huge hit "Beetlejuice" in 1988 and went on to appear in "Edward Scissorhands" and the filmmaker's latest project, "Frankenweenie."

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The star is adamant her huge success as an actress is down to her friendship with the quirky director. She tells, "I've known Tim Burton for 25 years, and I credit him with my career. I really mean that.

"(At the 'Beetlejuice' audition) this guy came in and started talking about movies and music, and 25 minutes later I was like, 'When is this Tim Burton guy coming?' And he was like, 'That's me!'

"And I was like, 'Oh!' I had no idea that a director could actually be so cool and I could easily hang out with them, you know?"

"Tim has always been a very special person to me, I love being around him, it never feels like work. Our relationship, in a very strange way, it's the same ... that love is still there. It's the same Tim Burton from that wonderful day."

Sep 27, 2012 11:51PM
Tim Burton??? i thought she meant Richard Burton!!!
Sep 28, 2012 2:53AM

i still like winona "Ryder" horowitz(<her real last name) another hollywood jewess whom won't admit it.

her films beetlejuice and heathers are my only two favorites so far. timothy leary(the former hippy king of lsd in the 1960 and 1970's was her god uncle). she is holding her own very well these days.


yes tim burton is responsible for giving her a career. but i don't have to like him, and i don't.

charlie and the chocolate factory i see as a blasphemous remake of the 1971 original which i love dearly. i won't be seeing frankenweenie either.


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