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The Return of The Hollywood Vampire

Happy Halloween!  Here’s my post from a couple years ago.  Enjoy!


I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead.  So it only seems fitting that I do a special pre-Halloween post on Zombies.   Nope – been there, done that.   Instead, I want to call your attention to something equally as scary that truly does exist – vampires.   There’s been a bunch of books, movies, and tv shows about vampires lately, but NONE OF THEM talk about the one that’s right there in Hollywood.

I’m talking about Winona Ryder.


How do I know that?  The evidence is clear.   Through the years, Ms. Ryder dated several men in the music and film industries who were either at or near the top of their profession.   THEN – poof! They vanished.   She just sucked the talent right out of them. Here are just a few of them (with timeframe of their relationship):

Evan Dando (1993) Lead singer of the Lemonheads, a group that had a string of hits in the early 90s.  Dando himself was on People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People List.  Then… the band went into “hiatus”.  Some may argue that’s more Yoko  Ono than Dracula, but not me.


Dave Pirner (1993-97) He was lead singer of Soul Asylum, a band that was huge in the mid-90s after two major albums – Grave Dancers Union and Let Your Dim light Shine.   I saw them at a couple big venues in Chicago.  After break-up – state fairs and minor street parties.


Beck (2000) Before they started dating, he was one of a small handful of artists that defined Alternative Rock.   After dating – a string of almost unlistenable albums.


Jakob Dylan (2000) Son of music-God Bob Dylan who also saw fame as leader of The Wallflowers.  You’d think that Bob Dylan blood in his system would make him immune, but no such luck. .


Keanu Reeves (2003) Pre-Winona, he had a string of huge box office smashes – Matrix trilogy, Speed, Point Break (YEAH!).  Where’s he been since then?  A NNDDD, you haven’t heard from his band Dogstar lately, either.   Then again, you never heard from Dogstar before their relationship.


There were some former lovers who miraculously survived.  However, it took a long time before they returned to fame:

Rob Lowe (1986-1988) He was completely unavoidable in the 80s, post-Winona he was unfindable.  He was relegated to minor parts until he landed a role in TV’s West Wing in 1999.

Robert Downey Jr (1988)  They dated just after his awesome performance in Less Than Zero.  He didn’t make a total comeback until a few years ago.  Some blame the drugs and prison.  We know the real reason.

Johnny Depp (1989-1993) He was A-List before 1993 with Edward Scissorhands and Gilbert Grape, etc.  He didn’t get back into a groove until 2003.

Christian Bale (1994) He was up-and-coming until she derailed his career.  He finally pulled through in 1999 with American Psycho.


The only former lover who didn’t have a fall from grace is Matt Damon, who dated her from 1997-2000. In fact, he actually got more popular after dating her.  Hmmmm, maybe it’s time to start researching the careers of his former flames.

While I do that, here’s one from Soul Asylum –


Is it just me?  Am I the only one who sees this?  Can we at least agree the girl got around?!?



About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

6 comments on “The Return of The Hollywood Vampire

  1. Effi - the wine sinner
    October 31, 2014

    Haha, your post made me laugh!

  2. Michelle Williams
    October 31, 2014

    This is so funny! I am also a huge fan of The Walking Dead; not so much a fan of Winona Ryder! Happy Halloween!

  3. A Famished Foodie
    November 2, 2014

    Truth. I never listen to Beck’s new stuff. I totally buy this theory- have you seen those documentaries on History channel that cover real vampire clubs in nyc where people both feed off energy and some actually drink blood? I bet she’s one of them.

  4. lolabees
    November 3, 2014

    Ha! I think she dated Counting Crows Adam Duritz too… quite a list.

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