Winona Ryder made an emotional return to public life at the weekend (19APR03) after completing 480 hours of community service - and celebrated becoming an aunt.

The actress, who became a convicted shoplifter last year (02), was told her brother had become a father just before she took to the stage at a gala for San Francisco's MACAULEY PROGRAMME.

Appearing excited and shaken, Ryder told the audience, "I just found out an hour ago that my brother had a baby and I'm so excited. His name's MARSHALL, so I feel a little thrilled."

The event, held to raise funds for mental health services in California, was also attended by actress Tatum O'neal.

23/04/2003 09:26