Winona Ryder (b. 1971)
A household name since her teens, Winona Ryder was introduced to a new generation of viewers with her work as Joyce Byers on the sci-fi horror hit Stranger Things. Throughout her career, Ryder has performed in several horror movies and Halloween classics, including Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997). Born Winona Laura Horowitz, Ryder grew up traveling to Brooklyn to spend Passover with her paternal grandparents, Solomon “Sol” and Ethel Horowitz. In July 1906, Sol arrived in New York from Minsk, Russia (modern-day Belarus) on the Kroonland with his mother, sister, and brother. The family was traveling under the last name Tomschin, which they changed to Horowitz sometime after they settled in the US.
Sigourney Weaver (b. 1949)
This award-winning actress rose to fame in the sci-fi horror classic Alien (1979). Born Susan Alexandra Weaver to a family of entertainers, she developed an interest in acting at an early age and went on to study acting at the Yale School of Drama. In addition to the Alien franchise, Weaver has acted in many horror and Halloween favorites, including the original Ghostbusters films (1984, 1989), The Village (2004), and The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Weaver’s mother was English actress Elizabeth Inglis who performed in several films in England and the United States in the 1930s and ’40s. In September 1938, Inglis arrived in New York on the Normandie, traveling under her birth name, Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins.