methodwriter85 June 24, 2014 Share June 24, 2014 I think Winona is great, but she was also pretty limited. She was great in those limitations, but she wasn't quite versatile enough to reinvent her career once she was too old to play the ingénue. There were other actresses close in age who were more popular, got more critical acclaim, hadn't jacked up their faces, or some combination of all three. I always thought that part of why Sandra Bullock is still doing so well is that she hasn't jacked up her face with bad plastic surgery. I'm sure she's had some work done, but she's still recognizable. The other thing is that her fame came later- she was 30 when Speed came around, and her trademark wasn't on playing the young, fresh-faced college-aged girl like it was for Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts. Her parts were always just a little bit older than that- she was never quite the ingénue the way Meg and Julia were. She's not competing with a 20-year old girl version of herself in the minds of movie-goers. She also rode out her fallow period between 2003 to 2008 (when not much was going on besides a turn in Crash) pretty well. Link to comment
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