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October 10, 1993 | Associated Press
Actress Winona Ryder offered a $200,000 reward Saturday for the safe return of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, saying videotapes of the kidnaped girl stirred memories of her childhood in Petaluma. Ryder said a recent "America's Most Wanted" broadcast showed a home video of Polly acting on the same junior high school stage on which Ryder began her acting career, also at age 12. "This case has really hit home for me because I grew up here in Petaluma," said Ryder, 21.
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OPINION
October 22, 2002
As the director in the district attorney's office with oversight over the Winona Ryder case, I am shocked and dismayed at "Ryder Shoplifting Case Steals the Scene" by Joel Mowbray (Commentary, Oct. 7). The district attorney's office has sought neither publicity nor special treatment, inside or outside the courtroom, in the prosecution of the Ryder case. Any suggestion of "celebrity justice" should be refocused on those who seek the publicity and not on the prosecutorial agency that evaluates cases in an evenhanded manner regardless of a defendant's standing in the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actress Winona Ryder pleaded not guilty to shoplifting and drug charges Friday during a brief appearance at a Beverly Hills courthouse. Her arraignment came the week after Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox ruled that there was enough evidence for Ryder to stand trial on felony charges of grand theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of drugs without a prescription.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to drop a drug-possession charge against Winona Ryder but said they are ready to go to trial on shoplifting and theft charges as scheduled Tuesday. Ryder's attorney, Mark Geragos, hailed it as a partial victory. He had maintained for months that the actress had a prescription for the pills seized by police after she was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting last year at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2002 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Actress Winona Ryder spent her 31st birthday in a Beverly Hills courtroom Tuesday watching herself on a Saks Fifth Avenue surveillance tape that showed her being confronted by three security guards moments after she left the store in December with her arms full of shopping bags. Saks security manager Kenneth Evans, who provided narration of the tape to jurors, testified that Ryder had no permission to take some $5,560 worth of merchandise found in her possession.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2002
I don't know what "media" that Susana Sierra believes "fail to see" the flaws in Elvis Presley and the Beatles (Saturday Letters, July 20). I don't recall any lack of coverage when Paul McCartney and then-girlfriend Jane Asher were charged with drug possession or when John Lennon and Yoko Ono were threatened with deportation. And I can't think of a musical figure in history who's been the subject of more negative press than Elvis, who was initially predicted to be the downfall of civilization.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2002 | David C. Nichols
The toll of celebrity upon the sensitive psyche forms the crux of "My Name Is Winona and I'm a Shoplifter," playing Mondays at the Zephyr Theatre. Michael Kearns' latest fantasia takes Winona Ryder, nee Winona Laura Horowitz, through a stream-of-consciousness examination of her unconventional life and career. Using the church setting for current Zephyr offering "Southern Baptist Sissies," Kearns places "Noni" (Rex Lee) in a 12-step meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2002 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the Winona Ryder shoplifting trial deliberated five hours Tuesday without reaching a verdict. The jurors, who selected an aerospace engineer as foreman, are considering whether the Oscar-nominated actress should be convicted of grand theft, burglary and vandalism, for which she could receive up to three years in state prison. The jury, which includes film producer Peter Guber, is due back in the Beverly Hills courthouse today at 10 a.m. to resume deliberations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plea negotiations in actress Winona Ryder's shoplifting case have stalled, prompting attorneys to set an Oct. 7 trial date. Shepard Kopp, one of Ryder's attorneys, said that there had been an impasse in the discussions and that Ryder was looking forward to going to trial "to prove herself innocent of the charges." Though neither side ruled out a last-minute plea deal, Kopp said, "The odds are that this case will go to trial."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1999 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Girl, Interrupted," Susanna Kaysen's exceptional memoir of the nearly two years she spent as a teenager in a mental institution, is about the porous line between sanity and madness. "People ask, How did you get in there?" the book begins. "What they really want to know is if they are likely to end up there as well. I can't answer the real question. All I can tell them is, It's easy."
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