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Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan (Female Celebrities)

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Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra (born Nov. 19, 1961 (59 years ago)), professionally known as Meg Ryan, is an American movie actress whose lead roles in five 1990 (30 years ago) romantic comedies - When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, French Kiss, City of Angels and You've Got Mail - grossed over $870 million worldwide.

Early years

Ryan was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Susan Hyra Jordan (née Ryan), a former actress, casting director, and English teacher, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She has two sisters, Dana and Annie, and a brother, musician Andrew Hyra, of Billy Pilgrim.

Ryan was raised a Roman Catholic and graduated from Saint Pius X Elementary School, in Fairfield, where her mother taught sixth grade. There, Ryan was confirmed into the Catholic Church, choosing the name "Anne" as her confirmation name. Ryan's mother had appeared in one TV commercial and later worked briefly as an assistant casting director in New York City. She supported and encouraged her young daughter's study of acting.

Ryan graduated from Bethel High School in 1979 (41 years ago). She went on to study journalism at the University of Connecticut and then at New York University, while acting in TV commercials to earn extra money. Her success as an actress led her to drop out of college a semester before graduating.

Early career

At age 18, through her mother's connections, Ryan booked her first TV commercial, doing chin-ups and giggling to promote "Tickle" deodorant.

After a role in Rich and Famous, Ryan played "Betsy Stewart" in the daytime drama As the World Turns, from 1982 (38 years ago) to 1984; she was featured in a popular romantic story arc. Several TV movie and smaller movie roles followed, including Amityville 3-D and Promised Land; for her role in the latter she received her first Independent Spirit Award nomination.

In 1986 (34 years ago), she played, "Carole Bradshaw," (wife of naval aviator "Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw"; played by Anthony Edwards) in Top Gun, and appeared in several scenes. Ryan played "Lydia Maxwell" in the movie Innerspace, which also starred her former husband, Dennis Quaid. Ryan then appeared in a film-noir remake (D.O.A.) and an action movie (The Presidio).

Hit films

Her first full-blown hit in a leading role was the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989, 31 years ago) which paired her with comedic leading man Billy Crystal. Her portrayal of Sally Albright, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, is memorable for her depiction of a theatrically faked orgasm in Katz's Delicatessen in Manhattan.

Ryan then starred in The Doors and in Prelude to a Kiss. Both movies were moderately successful. 1993 (27 years ago) saw the release of the hugely successful romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which paired Ryan with leading man Tom Hanks for the second of three times. (The first was in Joe Versus the Volcano, which earned a "cult following" but was a critical and commercial disappointment.)

She made several attempts to break away from the romantic comedy ingenue stereotype and garnered critical acclaim for her work in When a Man Loves a Woman, in which she played an alcoholic, and in Courage Under Fire, portraying a captain in the Gulf War. Both movies were substantial successes at the box office. Many of her movies of the 1990 (30 years ago) were hits not only in North America, but also abroad. In 1994 (26 years ago), Ryan won Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. That same year, People Magazine dubbed her one of "the 50 most beautiful people in the world." In 1995 (25 years ago), critic Richard Corliss called her "the current soul of romantic comedy." That same year, she appeared opposite Kevin Kline in Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss, a romantic comedy that catered to her America's Sweetheart persona. The movie grossed slightly over $100 million.

In 1997 (23 years ago), Ryan voiced the lead role in the animated movie Anastasia, which garnered good reviews and enjoyed box office success. In 1998 (22 years ago), Ryan starred in two films. City of Angels drew positive reviews and became a financial success, topping nearly $200 million worldwide. You've Got Mail once again paired Ryan with Hanks, earning her a third Golden Globe nomination and making over $250 million worldwide. She also appeared in 1998's Hurlyburly with Sean Penn.

In 2000 (20 years ago), Ryan starred in the action thriller Proof of Life opposite Russell Crowe. Though the movie was a critical and commercial flop, her $15 million paycheck established her as one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.

That same year, Ryan starred opposite Diane Keaton in the comedy, Hanging Up, which received poor reviews, but grossed over $51 million. A year later, she once again returned to her romantic comedy roots in the film, Kate & Leopold. In 2003 (17 years ago), she broke away from her usual roles, starring in Jane Campion's erotic crime thriller In the Cut. Though Ryan's decision to appear nude in a lengthy and rather graphic love scene for the first time in her career earned her much media attention, the movie failed with critics and grossed only $23 million in theaters. In Oct. 2003 (17 years ago), while in the UK to promote, In the Cut, Ryan's controversial interview with Michael Parkinson on the long-running TV talk show Parkinson brought her some negative publicity in the British press.

Ryan was quickly mentioned in Adam Sandler's 1995 (25 years ago) movie Billy Madison. In the scene comedian Norm MacDonald asks Sandler "Who would you rather bone? Jack Nicholson or Meg Ryan?" Sandler says "Jack Nicholson now or 1974?" MacDonald says "74" Sandler then says "Meg Ryan".

Recent projects

George Gallo's My Mom's New Boyfriend (originally titled Homeland Security, and released in Australia and New Zealand as My Spy) was shot in the fall of 2006 (14 years ago), in Shreveport, Louisiana, and released in 2008 (12 years ago). The romantic comedy stars Ryan opposite Antonio Banderas. Ryan was joined by former co-star Tom Hanks's son, Colin, who plays her son in the film. In 2007 (13 years ago) she played the role of Sarah Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, co-starring Adam Brody and Kristen Stewart (43 pics).

Ryan's next project was a remake of 1939's The Women and began filming in New York in Aug. 2007 (13 years ago). The $18 million remake of the George Cukor classic was directed by Murphy Brown creator Diane English and produced by the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger. Ryan played the central character, Mary Haines, a wealthy woman who is one of the last to find out that her husband is cheating on her with a shop girl. The leading role was originally made famous by actress Norma Shearer. Annette Bening, Eva Mendes (113 pics), Debra Messing and Candice Bergen also starred in the remake.

Ryan appeared in The Deal, which premiered at the 2008 (12 years ago) Sundance movie Festival. The movie was never distributed but was released on DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) in 2009 (11 years ago).

Her most recent movie project is the upcoming comedy Serious Moonlight which premiered at the Tribeca movie Festival in Apr. 2009 (11 years ago).

In Jun. 2009 (11 years ago), it was reported that Ryan will guest star on the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Marriage and children

Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid on Valentine's Day 1991 (29 years ago), after starring in two movies with him. Ryan agreed to marry him only after he kicked his cocaine addiction. Quaid and Ryan had one child together, Jack Henry, born on Apr. 24, 1992 (28 years ago). The couple separated in 2000 (20 years ago), their divorce became final on Jul. 16, 2001 (19 years ago). In sep. 2008 (12 years ago), Ryan revealed Quaid had been unfaithful to her for a long time while they were married.

Meg Ryan had a relationship with actor Russell Crowe for a few months in 2000 (20 years ago) before divorcing her husband; however, the relationship did not last.

In Jan. 2006 (14 years ago), Ryan adopted a 14-month-old girl from China named Daisy True.


1981 (39 years ago): Rich and Famous (role: Debby Blake, 18 years)
1983 (37 years ago): Amityville 3-D (role: Lisa)
1986 (34 years ago): Top Gun (role: Carol Bradshaw)
1986 (34 years ago): Armed and Dangerous (role: Maggie Cavanaugh)
1987 (33 years ago): Promised Land (role: Beverly 'Bev' Sykes)
1987 (33 years ago): Innerspace (role: Lydia Maxwell)
1988 (32 years ago): D.O.A. (role: Sydney Fuller)
1988 (32 years ago): The Presidio (role: Donna Caldwell)
1989 (31 years ago): When Harry Met Sally... (role: Sally Albright)
1990 (30 years ago): Joe Versus the Volcano (role: DeDe/Angelica Graynamore/Patricia Graynamore)
1991 (29 years ago): The Doors (role: Pamela Courson)
1992 (28 years ago): Prelude to a Kiss (role: Rita Boyle)
1993 (27 years ago): Sleepless in Seattle (role: Annie Reed)
1993 (27 years ago): Flesh and Bone (role: Kay Davies)
1994 (26 years ago): When a Man Loves a Woman (role: Alice Green)
1994 (26 years ago): I.Q. (role: Catherine Boyd)
1995 (25 years ago): French Kiss (role: Kate)
1995 (25 years ago): Restoration (role: Katharine)
1996 (24 years ago): Courage Under Fire (role: CPT Karen Emma Walden)
1997 (23 years ago): Addicted to Love (role: Maggie)
1997 (23 years ago): Anastasia (role: Anastasia (voice))
1998 (22 years ago): City of Angels (role: Dr. Maggie Rice)
1998 (22 years ago): Hurlyburly (role: Bonnie)
1998 (22 years ago): You've Got Mail (role: Kathleen Kelly)
2000 (20 years ago): Hanging Up (role: Eve Mozell Marks)
2000 (20 years ago): Proof of Life (role: Alice Bowman)
2001 (19 years ago): Kate & Leopold (role: Kate McKay)
2003 (17 years ago): In the Cut (role: Frannie)
2004 (16 years ago): Against the Ropes (role: Jackie Kallen)
2007 (13 years ago): In the Land of Women (role: Sarah Hardwicke)
2008 (12 years ago): The Deal (role: Deidre Heam)
2008 (12 years ago): My Mom's New Boyfriend (role: Martha Durand)
2008 (12 years ago): The Women (role: Mary Haines)
2009 (11 years ago): Serious Moonlight (role: Louise)

1982 (38 years ago): As the World Turns (role: Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos)
1982 (38 years ago): ABC Afterschool Special (role: Denise)
1982 (38 years ago): One of the Boys (role: Jane)
1984 (36 years ago)-85: Charles in Charge (role: Meagan Parker)
1990 (30 years ago)-91: Captain Planet and the Planeteers (role: Dr. Blight (voice))
2007 (13 years ago): The Simpsons (15 pics) (1 pics) (role: Dr. Swanson)
2009 (11 years ago): Curb Your Enthusiasm (role: Herself)

1994 (26 years ago): A Century of Cinema (role: Herself)
2002 (18 years ago): Searching for Debra Winger (role: Herself)



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