Meg Ryan

Actor, Producer
During the 1990s, Meg Ryan was the queen of American romantic comedy - an updated Doris Day relentlessly touted as "America's Sweetheart" for her wholesome heroines in a steady string of mating mix-ups. Ryan embodied ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Fan Girl 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ithaca 2014 (Movie)

Kate Macauley (Actor)

Web Therapy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Serious Moonlight 2009 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Mary Haines (Actor)

In the Land of Women 2007 (Movie)

Sarah Hardwicke (Actor)

My Mom's New Boyfriend 2007 (Movie)

Martha (Marty) Durand (Actor)

The Deal 2007 (Movie)

Deidre Hearn (Actor)

The Simpsons 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Against the Ropes 2004 (Movie)

Jackie Kallen (Actor)

Before They Were Stars! 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

Frannie Thorstin (Actor)

Revealed With Jules Asner 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The White Elephants of Thailand With Meg Ryan 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Kate & Leopold 2001 (Movie)

Kate McKay (Actor)

Hanging Up 2000 (Movie)

Eve Marks (Actor)

Proof of Life 2000 (Movie)

Alice Bowman (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

Dr Maggie Rice (Actor)

Hurlyburly 1998 (Movie)

Bonnie (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Kathleen Kelly (Actor)

Addicted to Love 1997 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

of Anastasia (Voice)

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

Karen Walden (Actor)

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Celebrate Storytelling With Tracey Ullman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Restoration 1995 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

Hollywood's Leading Ladies With David Sheehan 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

Catherine Boyd (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/21/94) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

When A Man Loves A Woman 1994 (Movie)

Alice Green (Actor)

Flesh and Bone 1993 (Movie)

Kay Davies (Actor)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Annie Reed (Actor)

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

Rita Boyle (Actor)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Pamela Courson (Actor)

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

Angelica (Actor)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

Sally Albright (Actor)

D.O.A. 1988 (Movie)

Sydney Fuller (Actor)

Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

Bev (Actor)

The Presidio 1988 (Movie)

Donna Caldwell (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Lydia Maxwell (Actor)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

Maggie Cavanaugh (Actor)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Carole (Actor)

Wildside 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Charles in Charge 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Amityville 3-D 1982 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Rich and Famous 1981 (Movie)

Debby--age 18 (Actor)

Amy and the Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Red Riding Hood/Goldilocks (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (5)

Ithaca 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desert Saints 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lost Souls 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Northern Lights (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Camera Operator
Director (1)

Ithaca 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

During the 1990s, Meg Ryan was the queen of American romantic comedy - an updated Doris Day relentlessly touted as "America's Sweetheart" for her wholesome heroines in a steady string of mating mix-ups. Ryan embodied the cute, bubbly but befuddled objects of desire in Nora Ephron-penned hits "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "You've Got Mail" (1998) - films which earned her the rare following of both male and female fans who either wanted to take her home to mom or be her best shopping buddy. Ryan regularly sought to explore new territory outside of her well-worn but popular persona as a dizzy romantic stereotype, and she garnered some positive feedback for a SAG-winning performance as an alcoholic in "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994) and a U.S. Army captain in "Courage Under Fire" (1996). Ryan's Hollywood A-List status took a dip in the new century when an extramarital affair with co-star Russell Crowe tarnished her girl-next-door image and spelled the end of her marriage to actor Dennis Quaid. When the scandal blew over and enough time had passed, she sought to reclaim her leading actress status, but by reinventing herself in more mature roles as middle-aged moms in comedic crisis.

Relationships

Andrew Hyra

Brother
Member of Billy Pilgrim, an American folk-rock duo

Annie Hyra

Sister

Dana Hyra

Sister

Craig Bierko Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated 2002 No longer together

Russell Crowe Actor

Companion
Began highly publicized relationship during the filming of "Proof of Life" in 2000 Separated December 2000

Anthony Edwards Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Top Gun" (1986) Together from 1986-88

Harry Hyra

Father
Divorced from Ryan's mother in 1976

Susan Hyra

Mother
Divorced from Ryan's father in 1976 Reportedly landed Ryan an audition for "Rich and Famous" (1981), director George Cukor's final film Estranged from Ryan since the late 1980s

Pat Jordan

Step-Father

John Mellencamp Actor

Companion
Began dating in December 2010 just as Mellencamp announced his separation from wife Elaine after 18 years of marriage

Dennis Quaid Actor

Husband
Met while filming "Innerspace" (1987) Engaged in 1989 Married Feb. 14, 1991 Also worked together in "D.O.A." (1988) and "Flesh and Bone" (1993) Announced split in June 2000 Quaid filed for divorce on July 12, 2000 Ryan countersued in August 2000 Divorce finalized on July 16, 2001

Jack Quaid

Son
Born April 24, 1992; father, Dennis Quaid

Daisy Ryan

Daughter
Adopted from China in January 2006

EDUCATION

Bethel High School

Bethel , Connecticut 1979
Became homecoming queen in 1977 when original queen was suspended

New York University

New York , New York
Attended for three years before leaving one semester shy of graduating; supported herself by appearing in commercials

University of Connecticut

Storrs , Connecticut

Milestones

2008

Played the central character of a woman whose husband has left her in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce

2007

Cast as a struggling mother of two daughters in Jonathan Kasdan's directorial debut "In the Land of Women"

2004

Portrayed the first female boxing manager in the film "Against the Ropes"

2003

Directed by Jane Campion in the erotic thriller "In the Cut"

2001

Starred opposite Hugh Jackman in the romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold"

2000

Began an off-screen affair with co-star Russell Crowe when they starred together in Taylor Hackford's "Proof of Life"

1998

Re-teamed with Quaid for the contemporary remake of "D.O.A."

1998

Third teaming with Tom Hanks and writer/director Ephron in "You've Got Mail"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

1998

Played a pragmatic heart surgeon opposite Nicholas Cage in "City of Angels," a remake of Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire"

1998

Had dramatic supporting role in Anthony Drazan's "Hurlyburly"

1997

Attempted to change her screen persona by playing a cynical photographer in "Addicted to Love"

1997

Provided the speaking voice of the title character in the animated feature "Anastasia"

1996

Portrayed an Army captain under investigation in the Persian Gulf drama "Courage Under Fire"

1995

Renewed first-look production deal with FOX; Kathryn Galen replaced by Nina Sadowsky as president of Prufrock Pictures

1995

Feature producing debut, "French Kiss" (also starred)

1994

Offered a fine dramatic turn as an alcoholic wife and mother in "When a Man Loves a Woman"; received a SAG nomination for Best Female Lead

1993

Formed Fandango Films (renamed Prufrock Pictures), a production company based at FOX with business partner Kathryn Galan

1993

Again paired with Tom Hanks in the hit romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle"; second collaboration with writer/director Ephron; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

1993

Re-teamed with husband, Dennis Quaid for the dramatic "Flesh and Bone"

1992

Starred opposite Alec Baldwin in Craig Lucas' feature adaptation of his play, "Prelude to a Kiss"

1991

Portrayed Pamela Morrison in Oliver Stone's biopic "The Doors"

1990

First screen pairing with Tom Hanks in "Joe Versus the Volcano"; played multiple roles

1989

Breakthrough lead role opposite Billy Crystal in "When Harry Met Sally..."; film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress

1987

First oncreen pairing with future husband Dennis Quaid, "Innerspace"

1986

First adult role in features, "Top Gun"; played wife of naval aviator Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards)

1985

Appeared in Richard Fleischer's "Amityville 3D"

1982

TV debut in the ABC Afterschool Special, "Amy and the Angel"

1982

Cast in a regular role as Betsy Stewart in the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"

1981

Made film debut in George Cukor's "Rich and Famous" as Candice Bergen's daughter

Bonus Trivia

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Named Woman of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Puddding Theatricals in 1994.

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"She is not 'pert' or 'perky' or soft at all. Meg is not to be messed around with. Some people have a tough job coming to terms with that." - Tom Hanks quoted in The London Times, June 14, 1998

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"I am just not a romantic. I am pragmatic or very sensible. But romantic? No. I can't think of the most romantic thing I've ever done or that has ever happened to me. I don't have my head in the clouds. My head is screwed on straight. I am not a sentimental person." - Ryan to Garth Pearce in The London Times, June 14, 1998

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"She has a rare gift. Even some great actors, even movie stars, don't have her gift. They rarely let people look right through them. What she is in films is what she is, which is a rare quality. She says to the audience, 'This is me, and I'm not phony and you can trust me.' She's not hiding behind her parts - she IS those parts. I like that. In her roles, she's saying 'I'm also giving of myself 100 percent.'" - director Wim Wenders on Ryan quoted in The Los Angeles Times, April 12, 1998

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"Fame is bizarre. As an end in itself, it's worthless. It's just a THING. It's also a test of character at times. Sometimes I pass the test; sometimes I'm a pain in the ass. Sometimes I'm like, 'Oh, God! I just want to buy some tampons!'" - Ryan to Vanity Fair Magazine, May 1995

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"I'm not sure being in hits is anything to aspire to. But I'm lucky, because I really like doing comedies, and they're usually an easier sell than a drama. I'm not a snob about it. In fact, I think a television sitcom would be a great thing to do. I think it would be really fun to make your day all about finding the joke." - Ryan in Vanity Fair Magazine, May 1995

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"I always think it's so shocking when couples break up and the men are instantly with other women. Women don't do that." - Ryan was quoted in 1993, and seen in Premiere Magazine, Oct. 2, 2002

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