Winona Ryder credits Tim Burton for her movie career.

The 40-year-old actress shot to fame after appearing in the director's movie 'Beetlejuice' in 1988 and she thinks that was what set her on the way to ''accidental'' success.

She said: ''I've known Tim Burton for 25 years, and I credit him with my career - I really mean that. I don't know if ... acting was sort of an accident for me, I wasn't going on auditions and trying to be an actor.

''I was actually sort of discovered in San Francisco and I'd done only two movies, small parts, and I remember my parents were very picky - because we had to drive from Northern California for 'Beetlejuice,' it was like nine hours to get there, and I remember very well when I first met Tim.

''I was sitting, waiting to meet him and this guy came in and started talking, talking about movies and music and 25 minutes later I was like, 'When is this Tim Burton guy coming?' And he was like, 'That's me'.

''I had no idea that a director could actually be so cool and I could easily hang out with them, you know?''

Winona - who also worked with Tim on 'Edward Scissorhands' and forthcoming animated adventure 'Frankenweenie' - says she would do ''anything'' for the director.

She added to ''Tim has always been a very special person to me, I love being around him, it never feels like work - I know it's work for a lot of people, and growing up in the movies, you realise how much work it is.

''There's movies that you do and you talk about them, but then there's the ones that you really love. And all of the three films I've made with Tim Burton, I really love ...

''I would do anything for Tim, I would read the phonebook and I'm sure he would make it into a brilliant piece of art.''