Timothy Leary who was Ryder's godfather. As the remote property had no electricity or television sets, Ryder began to devote her time to reading and became an avid fan of J. Salinger 's The Catcher in the Rye. At age 10, Ryder and her family moved to Petaluma, California.
Her father was a professor of economics and her mother was a teacher. In , she was accepted to study at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing ; she graduated in These roles established her reputation, according to Asiaweek , as "one of the world's most glamorous movie stars and an elegant throwback to Hollywood's golden era". In Raise the Red Lantern and Shanghai Triad an additional tragic element is added to her being as she unintentionally becomes the executioner of new innocent victims, making her realize that she has assisted the dark cynical system. Back to Shanghai and Flirting Scholar