Winona Ryder embroiled in missing diamonds fiasco

Once you’ve been caught stealing, it’s natural that if something of value in your possession goes missing, people are going to look at you a little sideways. This is currently the situation Winona Ryder finds herself in after having been convicted of shoplifting in 2001. Some pricey jewelry, worth over $125,000, that was last known to be in Ryder’s possession has come up missing.

Ryder was loaned the diamond bracelet and ring by a high end jeweler to wear at her appearance at a Marie Claire party. She was also given a dress, shoes and other accessories for the evening. Initial reports had Winona claiming she had given the jewels to the front desk at the hotel she was staying in to be put in a safe. The hotel said there was no surveillance footage showing Ryder or anyone who worked with her giving anything to the desk. Because of this, people were blaming convicted shoplifter Winona.

Much to Ryder’s relief, I’m sure, TMZ says they have the real, and very different, story.

In fact, we know what happened. The morning after the event, around 6:00 AM, Winona checked out of the hotel. No one from Marie Claire was around to collect the stuff, so she left everything in her hotel room.

Our sources confirm the bracelet and ring did indeed turn up missing — the dress and other stuff weren’t taken. We’re told Winona never said she had taken the jewels to the front desk, and whoever planted the story may be covering up for someone who had access to the room after she left.


This is the sort of thing that is going to follow Winona forever. Which, if it’s a set up like TMZ believes, makes her the perfect target for that sort of thing. There’s something very frail and melancholy about Ryder. She proved her frailty earlier this week when she forced a medical landing of an airplane at Heathrow after taking too many Xanax on a flight from Los Angeles to London. She seems like she needs some help and direction, and has for quite a while.

Winona Ryder is shown wearing the loaned items that later went missing at a Marie Claire party in Madrid on 11/20/08. Credit: WENN

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  1. RAN says:

    Who in their right mind loans a known thief diamond jewelry? I get that everyone is entitled to second chances and all that… but let’s use a little sense here.

    Both stories are weak – leaving it with the hotel desk clerk and leaving it in the room both reak of stupidity. If she wanted to claim that she left it at the desk, at least consider that someone would log it or see it on video. As to the ‘leaving it in the room’ story – if she DID do that, it just indicates that she’s stupid. The temptation is just too great for a maid who makes (probably) less than $25k a year. Not that I’m saying the maid did it, I’m just saying the whole thing points to Winona and some very poor choices.

  2. YoMamma says:

    What did she win an award for, her shoplifted wardrobe?

  3. Tina says:

    What does the tattoo on her arm say? Thievery news aside, I’ve loved Winona since “Little Women” and “Reality Bites.” She looks amazingly young in these photos. I’d never guess she was 35.

  4. Levi says:

    All very sad. She was on top of the world in the ’90s, with all those period pieces. Positively brilliant as Jo in Little Women and marvelous as May in The Age of Innocence.

  5. Cheyenne says:

    Sticky Fingers never learns…

  6. dr.grrl says:

    Wino forever!!

    eh, maybe she was hopped up on goofballs when she left the hotel?!

  7. jennifer says:

    She’s Britney without all the publicity.

    Shame. 🙁

  8. Anne says:

    I agree she looks great but she was never a great actress. She sucked as May in Age of Innocence. So bland and her way of emoting is to use a whiney voice, ugh.

  9. MsTriste says:

    Who in their right mind would just leave that much jewelry in a hotel room? That was truly a stupid thing to do.

  10. dr.grrl says:


    don’t insult winona like that please!!

    her crazy is in a whole different ball park.

  11. ff says:

    Of course it’s going to follow her around – it’s not like she didn’t steal stuff in the first place to have the judgement.

    Not to mention that I find it hard to believe that the incident she got sentenced for was the first time she’d done it.

    Don’t sympahise. I always felt was getting away with more than that because of her doe-like looks and the assumption everyone makes that she wouldn’t do that. If they hadn’t caught her on camera I doubt people would have believed the index offence occurred.

    I’m more on the side that if she actually cared, she’d be extra, super, double-sure that she and a witness were there to hand that stuff back.

    Which person that gives a crap leaves loaned jewellry in a hotel room after they’ve left?

  12. kate says:

    her face looks different…methinks botox.

  13. DLR says:

    hmm, wasn’t winona arrested for being a bit of a kleptomaniac a few years ago? now the she claims she left the jewelery in the hotel room? wouldn’t the jewelery company have sent someone to pick up the stuff like right after the event? hmm, something’s not right here and i wonder if ms. ryder is back to her old tricks. she’s been a bit weird lately, getting sick on planes and being kind of vague about things. hmmm, good gossip anyway. 😉

  14. lunachick says:

    I feel bad for Winona…she really has a talent for getting herself in a bit of trouble that really gets blown up by the press. She’s not like one of those a-hole celebs who cheats on their spouse or steals some stranger’s coat or whatever, she just seems really self-destructive.

    That said, if she seriously left the jewelry in her hotel room, um…hello? Who would be that stupid?

    I really doubt she took the stuff though…what on earth is she going to do with stolen jewlry? She wouldn’t exactly be able to wear the stuff in public…

  15. mollination says:

    Gee DLR do you have some inside source for that kind of scoop? 😀

    I don’t care if Winona took it or not, but I would care if she was irresponsible and self-centered enough to leave borrowed property (that is HER responsibility to take care of until SHE gets it back into the hands of the rightful owner) just laying around for someone else to take care of.

    C’mon girl. You could be so much better than an irresponsible, pill-poppin’ klepto. Go get a counselor and sort out your shit like the rest of us peons are forced to do to coexist successfully with the rest of society.

  16. xiaoecho says:

    She’s addicted to tranx. She probably hasn’t a clue what she did with it 😕

  17. Codzilla says:

    xiao: 😆

  18. Aspen says:

    Isn’t the “thing” with kleptomania the thrill of the stealing? It’s not about the actual items they take, right?

    I would assume that someone “like that” wouldn’t take jewels of this kind. Where’s the adrenaline rush? There was no sneaking into a store. No evasion of security. Someone gave them to her to use.

    There’s very little in common between walking into a store to sneak out $5000 worth of clothing and deciding she doesn’t want to give back some loaners.

    Because of that dissimilarity…I’m inclined to give benefit of doubt…tentatively.

  19. Flour says:

    gotta remember, these people make a ton of money and lead an extremely charmed life. i don’t think she’s “stupid” to have left these in her hotel room. I think she’s naive. And probably completely sheltered. Did she do it? Who knows. But I’m guessing probably not. Someone took advantage of her stupidity…. I mean, naivety. 🙂

  20. Joolzz says:

    also don’t forget they do stuff for publicity, no news is bad news.

  21. Jeanne says:

    C’mon you know Nony took that bracelet. The woman is a walking crow, picking up shiny pretty things and taking them back to her nest. Isn’t she still on prescription meds? That’s why she forgot about the bracelet.

  22. vdantev says:

    Her fame clock is ticking down to the last few seconds. Sad 🙁 So talented.

  23. Lauri says:

    I think she needs psychiatric help. She clearly has some issues that she needs to deal with.

    Oh, and acting lessons would help, too. I never got her appeal. She comes across very dull, very bland, very … blah. I don’t know why anyone would cast her in anything at all, when there are actual talented actresses available to work.

  24. It’s incredible how people have that “once a thief, always a thief” mentality going on. Am I naive in thinking that people can actually reform themselves? The point of the story is that the jewelry was later found, so in this case Winona Ryder was innocent. She was convicted once for an earlier offense. Every incident should be individually assessed.