Winona Ryder developed her cult status by working on many widely popular cult films in the 80’s and early 90’s; such as Edward Scissorhands, Alien: Resurrection, Dracula, Heathers, and Beetle Juice. Most recently she stared in the Netflix series Stranger Things, she was chosen for this role mainly because of her status as an 80’s cult icon, and how that worked within the shows theme; a sci-fi set in the late 80’s. She also worked with many well known directors, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen, all who have loyal followings.
She then moved into the mainstream, where she made the tabloids for dating Johnny Depp, and theft of designer clothes. By this time, she was being contracted for roles because of who she was, like in Zoolander