Winona Ryder was born under the name Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota. She didn't stay in Minnesota for long. Her family which included two brothers relocated to the Rainbow Hippie commune in Elk, Mendocino County, California when she was seven years old on 1978 (Legendary Hippie Guru Timothy Leary was her Godfather). Her mother was an author, video producer and editor named Cynthia Palmer Horowitz. Her father was an author, archivist for Timothy Leary, publisher and antiquarian bookseller named Michael Horowitz. Her first film role was entitled Lucas in 1986 and she became a billion dollar grossing actress. Winona Ryder started acting in leading roles almost immediately. And though a shoplifting scandal in 2001 lowered her visibility a tiny bit, Winona Ryder still has no problems getting casted for film roles.
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California on September 27, 1972 as a second generation Hollywood Royalty daughter of legendary film director Bruce Paltrow and legendary actress Blythe Danner. Gwyneth Paltrow started with small supporting roles and cameo appearances in 1991 and slowly worked her way up to leading lady roles.
I'm not sure when Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow started to become best friends forever. Unsupported legend states that their close and symbiotic best friend forever friendship ended over accusations that Gwyneth Paltrow stole the leading lady part for the film Shakespeare in Love from Winona Ryder between 1997 and 1998. Sadly, Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow has been feuding against each other ever since.