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Meg Ryan


Birth name:

Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra




Fairfield, Connecticut, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Sleepless In Seattle


5' 8" (1.73 m)


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Meg Ryan - Biography


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

Ryan was born in 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 the band 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 television 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. She went on to study journalism at the University of Connecticut and then at New York University, while acting in television commercials to earn extra money. Her success as an actress led her to drop out of college a semester before graduating.

At age 18, through her mother's connections, Ryan booked her first television 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 to 1984; she was featured in a popular romantic story arc. Several TV film 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, 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 film (The Presidio).

Her first full-blown hit in a leading role was the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989) 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 films were moderately successful. 1993 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 films were substantial successes at the box office. Many of her films of the 1990s were hits not only in North America, but also abroad. In 1994, 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, 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 film grossed slightly over $100 million.
In 1997, Ryan voiced the lead role in the animated film Anastasia, which garnered good reviews and enjoyed box office success. In 1998, 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, Ryan starred in the action thriller Proof of Life opposite Russell Crowe. Though the film 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, and grossed slightly over $51 million; however, the budget for the film was $60 million. A year later, she once again returned to her romantic comedy roots in the film, Kate & Leopold. In 2003, 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.

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, in Shreveport, Louisiana, and released in 2008. 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 she played the role of Sarah Hardwicke in In the Land of Women, co-starring Adam Brody and Kristen Stewart.
Ryan's next project was a remake of 1939's The Women and began filming in New York in August 2007. 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, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett and Candice Bergen also starred in the remake.
Ryan appeared in The Deal, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film was never distributed but was released on DVD in 2009.
Her most recent film project is the upcoming comedy Serious Moonlight which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2009.
In June 2009, it was reported that Ryan will guest star on the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid on Valentine's Day 1991, after starring in two films 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 April 24, 1992. The couple separated in 2000, their divorce became final on July 16, 2001. In September 2008, 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 before divorcing her husband; however, the relationship did not last.
In January 2006, Ryan adopted a 14-month-old girl from China named Daisy True.


Meg Ryan - Personal Quotes


"People say that chivalry is dead, I don't think that it's dead, I think it's just got the 'flu!"

(Commenting on the nudity and sex in In the Cut (2003)) "You don't go, 'Wow! I get to do a nude scene.' But I love the sex scene in this movie. It was scary, honest and raw. But people could find my body very unattractive. There could be a backlash against it".

The best thing about modern living is anaesthesia. Definitely.

"Clearly romantic comedy is my franchise genre, I don't mind saying that, it's true. I love doing them and hopefully always will do them. I don't feel particularly typecast because I think I do so many different kinds of things. Whether they're seen or not is another issue."

"It would be really great if people would realize that stars are only people with the same weaknesses and flaws, not immaculate idols."


Meg Ryan - Filmography


Serious Moonlight (2009) .... Louise
The Women (2008/I) .... Mary Haines
My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008) .... Martha Durand
... aka My Spy (Australia: DVD title) (Europe: English title: wide-release title) (UK)
... aka Homeland Security (International: English title) (USA: working title)
... aka Lauschangriff - My Mom's New Boyfriend (Germany: DVD title)
The Deal (2008/I) .... Deidre Hearn
... aka Entente et mésentente (Canada: French title)
... aka Start Shooting (Europe)
"The Simpsons" .... Dr. Swanson (1 episode, 2007)
- Yokel Chords (2007) TV episode (voice) .... Dr. Swanson
In the Land of Women (2007) .... Sarah Hardwicke
Against the Ropes (2004) .... Jackie Kallen
... aka Die Promoterin (Germany)
... aka The Promoter (Germany)
In the Cut (2003) .... Frannie
Kate & Leopold (2001) .... Kate McKay
Proof of Life (2000) .... Alice Bowman
Hanging Up (2000) .... Eve Mozell Marks
... aka Aufgelegt! (Germany)
You've Got Mail (1998) .... Kathleen Kelly
Hurlyburly (1998) .... Bonnie
City of Angels (1998) .... Dr. Maggie Rice
... aka Stadt der Engel (Germany)
Anastasia (1997) (voice) .... Anastasia
Addicted to Love (1997) .... Maggie
... aka Forlorn
Courage Under Fire (1996) .... Karen Walden
Restoration (1995) .... Katharine
French Kiss (1995) .... Kate
... aka Paris Match
I.Q. (1994) .... Catherine Boyd
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) .... Alice Green
... aka To Have and to Hold
Flesh and Bone (1993) .... Kay Davies
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) .... Annie Reed
Prelude to a Kiss (1992) .... Rita Boyle
"Captain Planet and the Planeteers" .... Dr. Blight (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
... aka The New Adventures of Captain Planet (USA: fourth season title)
- An Inside Job (1991) TV episode (voice) .... Dr. Blight
- The Ark (1991) TV episode (voice) .... Dr. Blight
- Send in the Clones (1991) TV episode (voice) .... Dr. Blight
- Don't Drink the Water (1991) TV episode (voice) .... Dr. Blight
- Polluting by Computer (1991) TV episode (voice) .... Dr. Blight
(8 more)
The Doors (1991) .... Pamela Courson
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) .... DeDe/Angelica Graynamore/Patricia Graynamore
When Harry Met Sally... (1989) .... Sally Albright
... aka When Harry Met Sally (USA: DVD box title)
The Presidio (1988) .... Donna Caldwell
... aka The Presidio: The Scene of the Crime (UK)
D.O.A. (1988) .... Sydney Fuller
Innerspace (1987) .... Lydia Maxwell
Promised Land (1987) .... Beverly 'Bev' Sykes
... aka Young Hearts
Armed and Dangerous (1986) .... Maggie Cavanaugh
Top Gun (1986) .... Carole
"Wildside" .... Cally Oaks (6 episodes, 1985)
- Until the Fat Lady Sings (1985) TV episode .... Cally Oaks
- Buffalo Who? (1985) TV episode .... Cally Oaks
- Don't Keep the Home Fires Burning (1985) TV episode .... Cally Oaks
- The Crimea of the Century (1985) TV episode .... Cally Oaks
- Delinquency of a Miner (1985) TV episode .... Cally Oaks
(1 more)
"Charles in Charge" .... Meagan Parker / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
- Charles 'R' Us (1985) TV episode .... Meagan Parker
- War (1984) TV episode .... Megan
Amityville 3-D (1983) .... Lisa
... aka Amityville III: The Demon
... aka Amityville: The Demon
"One of the Boys" (1982) TV series .... Jane (unknown episodes, 1982)
"ABC Afterschool Specials" .... Denise (1 episode, 1982)
- Amy & the Angel (1982) TV episode .... Denise
"As the World Turns" .... Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos (1 episode, 1982)
- Episode dated 3 March 1982 (1982) TV episode .... Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos
Rich and Famous (1981) .... Debby Blake, 18 Years


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