Meg Ryan
American actress
Meg Ryan
Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra, known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and producer. After playing several minor roles in film and television, Ryan became a movie star in 1989, when she appeared in When Harry Met Sally....
Biography
Meg Ryan's personal information overview.
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Meg Ryan Lists Soho Loft for $10.9 Million
Wall Street Journal - 7 days
The actress purchased the apartment from ‘The Simpsons’ actor Hank Azaria in 2013, then extensively renovated it.
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Party Coverage: Scene City: Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meg Ryan at MoMA
NYTimes - 3 months
Hollywood’s Mr. Nice Guy is honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s annual film benefit.
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Real Talk From 4 Airline Pilots On How To Beat Jet Lag
Huffington Post - 5 months
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome from the flight deck. Our nonstop service from Los Angeles to London’s Heathrow Airport has a flight time of 10 hours and 35 minutes. So sit back, relax, and accept our sincere apologies in advance for the debilitating case of jet lag during your stay in London, including falling asleep mid-conversation with the executive you needed to impress, and wandering, bleary-eyed, through a vacant Piccadilly Circus at 5:15 a.m. Looks like we’re first in line for departure, so enjoy the flight ― because jet lag’s coming for you, and it’s not going to be pretty. My co-pilot and I will be just fine, though.” OK, so you’re unlikely to hear this kind of real talk from a pilot. But doesn’t it feel like the captain and her crew ― who seem to hop the International Date Line weekly without complaint ― know something you don’t when it comes to beating jet lag? In partnership with United Polaris, we checked in with four long-haul commercial pilots to finally clue passe ...
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After years out of the spotlight, Meg Ryan's ready to claim a spot behind, and in front of, the camera
LATimes - 5 months
Meg Ryan is an overwhelmingly familiar woman. Her warm, smiling face, which looks up from a table at the restaurant in the Hotel Bel-Air where she is scribbling on a pile of papers, offers the sense that you really know her. And in many ways, you do. Ryan, visiting Los Angeles for a few days before...
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Meg Ryan makes her directorial debut with 'Ithaca'
Fox News - 5 months
It's a World War II drama
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Watch James Corden, Meg Ryan and Adam Scott Turn Beyoncé Lyrics Into a Soap Opera
Yahoo News - 5 months
Monday's Late Late Show brought back the "pop lyrics as soap opera" format and borrowed the Queen's words. James Corden, Meg Ryan and Adam Scott acted out a scene in which Corden catches Ryan cheating on him with Leslie Knope's husband. The plot is moved along through dialogue, like "hold up, they don't love you like I love you," "I don't think you're ready for this jelly," and "uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, no no no." So in this scenario, James Corden is Beyoncé, Meg Ryan is Jay Z and Adam Scott is Rachel Roy. This feels a little bit like Corden gloating about beating Beyoncé at the Creative Arts Emmys ( The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special beat Lemonade for Outstanding Variety Special). Watch out, James! You don't want to invoke the wrath of the Beyhive! (Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by CBS.)
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Meg Ryan Aims for an Emotional Experience With Directorial Debut ‘Ithaca’
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
"It’s such a cynical world and such a noisy world and this movie is so quiet," she says.
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Meg Ryan on casting 'charming' Tom Hanks in her new film 'Ithaca'
CNN - 6 months
It's been 18 years since Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks shared the screen in their box office hit "You've Got Mail" and now they've teamed up again.
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Review: In ‘Ithaca,’ Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks Reunite for a War Story
NYTimes - 6 months
In this adaptation of William Saroyan’s “The Human Comedy,” a young bicycle messenger delivers telegrams to families during the tumultuous World War II years.
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Meg Ryan returns in a new role
CBS News - 6 months
Meg Ryan starred in some of the most popular romantic comedies of the 1990s. Pretty good for an actress who wasn't trained when she began booking acting gigs. She's stayed out of the spotlight in recent years and focused on being a mom, but has now returned to filmmaking - and this time she's calling the shots. Jane Pauley talks to Ryan about her new film as a director, "Ithaca."
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Photos: Meg Ryan Turns Heads in a Champagne-Colored Dress
ABC News - 8 months
Some celebrities never seem to age.
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After Orlando shooting, social media is upset – with Meg Ryan
Yahoo News - 8 months
Predictable debates about gun control and terrorism sprung up within hours, but some tweeters seemed to also transfer feelings of rage and helplessness to a more surprising issue: Meg Ryan's face. The actress' rare appearance at the Tony Awards, just hours after the mass shootings at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., resulted in virulent online criticism of her changing looks that briefly eclipsed the news. Ms. Ryan introduced a performance by the cast of the Broadway musical "She Loves Me." Some took to Twitter to attack the actress for what they describe as overuse of plastic surgery, while others criticized the trolls for diverting attention from the Orlando shootings.
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Romantic Comedies Teach Women That Stalking Is A Compliment
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There’s a long list of reasons to love romantic comedies. The triumph of true love. The frantic run through the airport. The getting-dressed-for-a-big-date montage. There are lots of reasons to hate the genre, too. It’s so white, so heteronormative, so predictable, and so hellbent on convincing us that genetically gifted, gorgeous women are actually homely hags in need of a makeover. And now there’s another reason to be wary: A new study suggests watching romantic comedies makes women more likely to tolerate stalking in real life. The study, published recently in Communication Research, found that participants who watched movies in which men’s “persistent pursuit” of women was depicted as romantic -- as it so often is in rom coms -- were more likely to subscribe to stalking myths. Stalking myths are the misconceptions that underpin our conventional wisdom about the crime. They include ideas like "many alleged stalking victims are actually people who played hard to get and chang ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Meg Ryan
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 53
    Also in 2015, Ryan made her directing debut with Ithaca, a drama film based on the 1943 novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan.
    More Details Hide Details Filmed in Petersburg, Virginia, it starred Ryan and had its world premiere at the Middleburg Film Festival in October.
  • 2013
    Age 51
    Following another four-year hiatus, Ryan reteamed with Lisa Kudrow on her improvisational comedy series Web Therapy, for which she filmed five episodes in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she provided the future voice of Greta Gerwig's character in the pilot of How I Met Your Dad, a woman-centric variation of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. CBS later passed on the project however. Ryan's next feature film was the ABC Family film Fan Girl, an independent comedy about a 15-year-old girl, played by Kiernan Shipka, with a passion for filmmaking sets out to make a movie about her favorite band, All Time Low. It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015.
    In October 2013, it was reported that Ryan would be returning to television to produce and star in a new comedy for NBC revolving around a former hotshot New York editor, which it again failed to get greenlit.
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  • 2012
    Age 50
    In October 2012, Ryan was featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details The series introduces women and girls living under difficult circumstances and fighting to challenge them. The same month, Ryan's audiobook recording of William Saroyan's The Human Comedy was released.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    In April 2011, it was announced that Ryan would make her feature film directing debut with a film titled Into the Beautiful, described as "a contemporary Big Chill with longtime friends reconnecting", but it also was never made.
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  • 2010
    Age 48
    In 2010, Ryan began a relationship with American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp. In late 2014, it was reported that they had ended their relationship after three years of dating.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    Also in 2009, Ryan guest-starred on the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan was attached to several films in the early 2010s, including the ensemble drama Lives of The Saints opposite Kat Dennings, Kevin Zegers, and John Lithgow, and Long Time Gone, a film adaptation of the April Stevens novel Angel Angel, all of which failed to materialize.
    In 2009, Ryan starred alongside Kristen Bell and Justin Long in the independent comedy film Serious Moonlight.
    More Details Hide Details In this film, directed by actress Cheryl Hines and based on a screenplay by late writer Adrienne Shelly, who was murdered a year prior to filming, Ryan portrayed a high-powered female attorney who learns that her husband, played by Timothy Hutton, is about to leave their troubled marriage, and decides to hold him captive by duct-taping him to a toilet. Picked up by Magnolia Pictures, the production received a limited release throughout North America only, and grossed less than $150,000 worldwide. Critical reaction to the film was generally mixed-to-negative, although Ryan was praised for her "terrific" performance.
  • 2008
    Age 46
    Ryan's last film of 2008 was The Women, a remake of the 1939 production.
    More Details Hide Details The all-female cast comprises Annette Bening, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett Smith. Written, produced and directed by Diane English, the film centers on a group of four female Manhattan socialites whose primary interest is idle gossip, with Ryan portraying a wealthy woman whose husband is cheating on her with a shop girl, played by Eva Mendes. Ryan was the first actress to join the long-delayed production, which struggled to find financing since the early 1990s, resulting in an independent production budgeted at $18 million. Upon its release, The Women received a disastrous response from critics, with Richard Schickel of Time calling it "one of the worst movies I've ever seen". The film was a financial success, however, becoming Ryan's most successful film since 2001's Kate & Leopold with a worldwide gross of $50 million.
    Ryan's first film release of 2008 was The Deal, a satirical comedy film based on Peter Lefcourt's 1991 novel of the same title about Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Steven Schachter and co-starring William H. Macy, the film was shot in Cape Town and other South African locations and celebrated its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Garnering generally mixed to negative reviews, it failed to draw interest among film studios, resulting in a straight-to-DVD release in January 2009. In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge said, "The characters seem to be doing all the laughing, while the general public has nothing to cling to but the horndog flirtation between mismatched leads William H. Macy and Meg Ryan—hardly ideal ingredients for mainstream success." Already shot in fall of 2006, George Gallo's film My Mom's New Boyfriend, in which Ryan starred also went direct-to-DVD in 2008. Co-starring Colin Hanks, Selma Blair, and Antonio Banderas, the action comedy received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with David Nusair of Reel Film noting it "an unmitigated disaster virtually from its opening frames".
  • 2007
    Age 45
    Following a three-year hiatus, Ryan returned to film with Jon Kasdan's 2007 independent film In the Land of Women, a film she described as "kind of like The Graduate, but with cancer".
    More Details Hide Details Starring alongside Kristen Stewart and Olympia Dukakis, she played Sarah Hardwicke, a mother and wife facing breast cancer, who connects with her neighbor's much younger grandson, played by Adam Brody. Released to mixed reviews by critics, the film grossed $17.5 million worldwide, exceeding its budget of $10 million. Ryan received a positive response for her performance, with Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times noting it "the best work she has done in forever".
  • 2004
    Age 42
    She supported John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    Ryan supports the Democratic Party, especially its environmental protection programs and initiatives. In 2003, she supported Wesley Clark's campaign for U.S. president.
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    In 2003, Ryan broke away from her usual roles, starring alongside Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Jane Campion's erotic thriller film In the Cut.
    More Details Hide Details Originally, co-producer Nicole Kidman was cast in the lead, but the actress eventually dropped out after five years of development, leaving the role to Ryan, who appeared nude in a lengthy and rather graphic love scene for the first time in her career. Although her image-conflicting depiction earned Ryan and the film much media attention, the film failed with critics and grossed only $23 million in theaters. She followed this strategy with a leading role in Charles S. Dutton's directorial debut Against the Ropes (2004). A fictionalized sport drama about American boxing manager Jackie Kallen, who was the first woman to become a success in the sport, and her rocky relationship with protege Luther Shaw. The film grossed less than $6 million in the U.S. and was panned by critics, in part because of its resemblance to other boxing films, such as the Rocky series.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    She and Quaid separated and their divorce became final on July 16, 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 38
    Ryan dated actor Russell Crowe in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2006, Ryan adopted a 14-month-old girl from China named Daisy True.
  • 1998
    Age 36
    She also appeared in 1998's Hurlyburly with Sean Penn.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan's first film of the 2000s was Hanging Up, a Diane Keaton-directed family comedy-drama about a trio of sisters who bond over the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father. Also starring Keaton, Lisa Kudrow, and Walter Matthau, the film adaptation of Delia Ephron's 1995 novel received poor reviews by critics. The same year, Ryan was cast in the action thriller Proof of Life with Russell Crowe, directed by Taylor Hackford. In the film, she portrayed the distraught wife of a kidnapped engineer, played by David Morse, while relying on a resourceful troubleshooter who makes a profession of dealing with international bandits. While the film became a lukewarm critical and commercial success, grossing $63 million worldwide, it garnered much reportage in the tabloid press in association with Ryan and Crowe's affair. Stephen Holden, film critic for The New York Times, did not think the film worked well and opined that the actors did not connect.
    In 1998, she starred in two films.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1997
    Age 35
    That same year, she appeared opposite Kevin Kline in Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss, a romantic comedy that catered to her "America's Sweetheart" image, and Ryan was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. (This award is given to "outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.") In 1997, Ryan voiced the lead role in the animated film Anastasia, which garnered good reviews and enjoyed box office success.
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  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, critic Richard Corliss called her "the current soul of romantic comedy."
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  • 1994
    Age 32
    In 1994, Ryan won Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, and People Magazine dubbed her one of "the 50 most beautiful people in the world."
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    In 1994, Ryan wanted to break away from being typecast and chose to take on several roles that were different from the romantic-comedy ingenue character for which she had become famous.
    More Details Hide Details In Luis Mandoki's When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), a romantic social drama film also starring Andy Garcia, she played an alcoholic high-school guidance counselor. The film and her performance were both well received by critics. For example, one critic called the film "a first-class production, accentuated by fine performances and an unflinching script", and another praised Ryan for her "roller-coaster role." The film was a notable success in its domestic run, grossing $50 million in the United States alone, and garnered the actress her first Screen Actors Guild Award. The same year, Ryan starred alongside Tim Robbins in Fred Schepisi's romantic comedy I.Q. (1994). The film centres on a mechanic and a Princeton doctoral candidate who fall in love, thanks to the graduate student's uncle, Albert Einstein (played by Walter Matthau). Some of her films of the 1990s were hits not only in North America, but also internationally.
  • 1993
    Age 31
    Ryan next starred in The Doors, which was moderately successful, and Prelude to a Kiss, which flopped. The year 1993 saw the release of the hugely successful romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which paired Ryan for the second time with Tom Hanks.
    More Details Hide Details They had previously been paired as romantic leads in the film Joe Versus the Volcano—which was a commercial disappointment, but later developed a cult following—and they would later be paired for a third time in the film You've Got Mail.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 29
    Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid on February 14, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details They are said to have fallen in love during the shooting of their second film together, D.O.A. She agreed to marry him only after he ended his cocaine addiction. They have one child together, Jack Quaid, born April 24, 1992.
  • 1986
    Age 24
    In 1986, she played Carole Bradshaw, the wife of Naval Flight Officer Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards) in Top Gun.
    More Details Hide Details Ryan starred in the film Innerspace with her future husband Dennis Quaid, then in the remake of D.O.A. and in The Presidio. She also previously made an appearance in interstellar. Her first leading role was the romantic comedy film When Harry Met Sally (1989), which paired her with comedic leading man Billy Crystal and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her portrayal of Sally Albright included a cult scene in which her character, lunching with Crystal in Katz's Delicatessen in Manhattan, theatrically demonstrates for him how easy it is to fake an orgasm.
  • 1982
    Age 20
    After her film debut in George Cukor's Rich and Famous, Ryan played Betsy Stewart in the daytime drama As the World Turns, from 1982 to 1984, and her character was featured in a popular romantic story arc.
    More Details Hide Details Around that same time, she appeared in a Burger King commercial. Several television film and smaller film roles followed, including Charles in Charge, Armed and Dangerous, Amityville 3-D and Promised Land; for her role in the latter she received her first Independent Spirit Award nomination.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    Ryan graduated from Bethel High School in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to study journalism as an undergraduate, first at the University of Connecticut and then at New York University. During college, she acted in television commercials and the soap opera "As the World Turns" to earn extra money. Due to her success as an actress, she dropped out of college a semester before she would have graduated. When she joined the Screen Actors Guild, she used the surname "Ryan", her grandmother's maiden name.
  • 1976
    Age 14
    Her parents divorced in 1976, when she was 15 years old.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born in 1961.
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