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Hollywood star Winona Ryder pulls out of Fermanagh Beckett Festival

BY MAUREEN COLEMAN

Hollywood star Winona Ryder has pulled out of a festival appearance in Fermanagh due to a sudden bereavement.

The Oscar-nominated actress was due to make two appearances at next week's Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

But the star of Mermaids, Little Women and Girl, Interrupted has had to cancel her role in the Tellers And The Tales programme, for which she was to read a short prose piece and a poem.

The Minnesota-born actress contacted festival director Sean Doran this week to say that she could no longer attend as a close friend had passed away suddenly.

Mr Doran said: "I heard from Winona last night that she had just lost a dear friend and would not now be able to come to the festival next week.

"She was very apologetic and saddened at not being able to come as planned, as she had been very much looking forward to taking part.

"She told me she hopes to come next year instead. It is, of course, a great shame that Winona will not be joining us this year and all our thoughts are with her at this very sad time."

Ryder's booking at the festival was seen as a coup.

A gifted and enigmatic actress, she took a break from the spotlight for several years after battling depression.

In 2009 she appeared in Star Trek and later starred in Black Swan, Frankenweenie and, more recently, The Iceman.

Robert Wilson's video portrait of the actress posing as Winnie in Beckett's play Happy Days will still be on show at the Higher Bridges Gallery in The Clinton Centre.

The 2013 Happy Days Festival features over 140 artists and 120 events over five days aboard boats, within churches, castles and a police station, and down through tunnels and caves.

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