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This Sunday, Winona Ryder stars in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie: When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (CBS, 9 p.m. ET).
Ten years ago, that opening line might have surprised you. Winona Ryder, in a TV movie? Back then, the doe-eyed A-lister was still riding high, with a long string of major motion pictures under her belt. Beetle Juice. Heathers. Edward Scissorhands. Reality Bites. The Age of Innocence. Little Women. Girl, Interrupted…you get the idea.
Then came her 2001 arrest for shoplifting clothes and accessories from a Beverly Hills Saks 5th Avenue. (The incident also involved illegal drug possession for prescription painkillers.) A year later, she was sentenced to 480 hours of community service, three years’ probation and mandatory psychological and drug counseling. And her career was handed a death sentence. It seemed that way, anyway: Ryder deliberately withdrew from the spotlight, moving to San Francisco (where she’s from) and taking a hiatus from acting.
But starting last summer, the 38-year-old actress has been gradually making her way back into Hollywood’s good graces.
In When Love Is Not Enough, Ryder plays Lois Wilson, the wife of AA founder Bill Wilson (Barry Pepper). After his struggle with alcoholism nearly destroyed both of their lives, he conceived the 12-step program that would help millions of others. Lois, in turn, started Alanon, a support group for families of alcoholics. If Ryder once contended with an addiction to prescription pain medication, then the script might have resonated with her.
Next up for Ryder: Black Swan, a thriller co-starring Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman and then Your Cheating Heart, a Ron Howard comedy co-starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. And fans of Heathers will be thrilled to know that she’s in talks to do a sequel to the 80’s cult hit. If that happens, we’ll know she’s back.
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