Meg Ryan

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Real Name: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra
Date of Birth: November 19 , 1961


Biography And Filmography:

This pretty, charming, and short actress gained her fame with her first leading role in Rob Reiner's romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), alongside Billy Crystal. Meg Ryan's imitation of an orgasm in a New York City deli has been acknowledged as a modern comedy classic. The Connecticut born celebrity made her film introduction at age twenty as Candice Bergen's daughter in "Rich and Famous" (1981) before turning to television projects. Ryan played a disturbed young teen in "Amy and the Angel" (1982), and soap opera watchers knew her as Betsy Montgomery on "As the World Turns" (1982-84). After roles in "Charles in Charge" (1984) and the Western series "Wildside" (1985), Ryan stayed away from television for good.

First appearing in feature films with a small role as Anthony Edwards' wife in "Top Gun" (1986) with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan went on to play a journalist in the Joe Dante science fiction film "Innerspace" (1987), next to Dennis Quaid, whom she later married. The new couple then starred in "D.O.A." (1988) about Dexter Cornell, an English Professor who becomes mixed up in a series of murders involving people around him. Meg gained attention for her role as a hard-hitting, desperate wanderer in "Promised Land" (1988) with Kiefer Sutherland. This gritty drama follows two high school friends, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter.  Next was the crime mystery "The Presidio" (1988) with Sean Connery.

Meg Ryan has worked with some of Hollywood's most known leading men, playing multiple roles opposite Tom Hanks in "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990) about a hypochondriac who learns that he is dying and takes an offer to throw himself into a volcano. She then appeared with Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison's wife in "The Doors" (1991); and as Alec Baldwin's wife in "Prelude to a Kiss" (1992) about a couple who fall in love despite the girl's gloomy outlook. Ryan next worked with Tom Hanks again as his long distance love interest in "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) with Rosie O'Donnell. The team reunited again with "You've Got Mail" (1998), an update of the 1940 classic "The Shop Around the Corner".

Meg then starred opposite Dennis Quaid in "Flesh and Bone" (1993) with Gwyneth Paltrow, and then opposite Andy Garcia in "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994) about an airline pilot and his wife who are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. In Michael Hoffman's "Restoration" (1995), Meg took the starring role as an Irish patient in a Quaker hospice who becomes romantically involved with a doctor played by Robert Downey Jr.   

Her next role was as the United States Army captain whose actions during Operation Desert Storm come under investigation in "Courage Under Fire" (1996) with Matt Damon and Denzel Washington. Meg then played a surgeon who falls in love with the perfect man (Nicolas Cage) in "City of Angels" and as a drug addicted belly dancer involved with a bad actor in "Hurlyburly" (1998).

Meg Ryan next starred in "Hanging Up" (2000) about three sisters who bond over the approaching death of their mean father. Also in 2000, she starred in the thriller "Proof of Life" with Russell Crowe. While the film performed poorly at the box office, it spun-off her real life love affair with Russell Crowe which would end in her divorce from Quaid.

In 2001, Ryan was constantly in the gossip and tabloid rags following her highly publicized divorce with Crowe in December of 2000. Reports of his playing around put her in an embarrassing position. She tried to move forward by starring in the romantic comedy "Kate and Leopold" (2001) alongside Hugh Jackman. 

Ryan next starred opposite Mark Ruffalo in the thriller "In the Cut" (2003) starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and directed by Jane Campion. In a role originally planned for Nicole Kidman who produced the film, she plays an isolated woman with dangerous habits, starting a bad relationship with a police detective following a brutal robbery. The film marked a turning point for the actress as she appeared naked in a controversial full frontal nude scene. 

Ryan then appeared in "Against the Ropes" (2003), a fictional story inspired by famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen, and her struggle to survive and succeed in a male sport. Next, the actress returned to comedy with "In the Land of Women" (2007) with Adam Brody, about Carter Webb, a young soft-core porn writer living in California, who has just broken up with by his actress girlfriend and decides to take some time off and visit his grandmother in Michigan.

Ryan started of the following year with a bang, being hired and cast in the comedy "The Deal" (2008), about a down-and-out film producer who agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli.

Meg Ryan was now a Hollywood hot shot and every producer wanted her in their movies!

Next was the romantic comedy thriller "My Mom's New Boyfriend" (2008) starring Antonio Banderas, about a man, Henry Durand, who is a young federal agent given a difficult assignment: spy on his mother and her boyfriend who is suspected of leading a gang of art thieves. Ryan was then cast in the dramatic comedy "The Women" (2008) starring Eva Mendes, about a wealthy New Yorker who leaves her cheating husband and bonds with other society women at a resort. A remake of George Cukor's 1939 film "The Women."

Meg Ryan wrapped her year with the comedy "Serious Moonlight" (2009) starring Kristen Bell and Justin Long, about a high-powered attorney who duct tapes her adulterous husband to the toilet ... right before their home is invaded by burglars.


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