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     Meg Ryan
Given Name:
     Hyra, Margaret Mary Emily Anne
     November 19th, 1961
     Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

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Meg Ryan Biography

Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19, 1961 and is an American actress who specializes in romantic comedies. Ryan was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, and after graduating from Bethel High School in 1979, she studied journalism at New York University. Meg acted in televison commercials to earn extra money while in school. After her first role in a the feature film Rich and Famous (1981), Ryan (now using her screen name) played Betsy Stewart on the daytime drama As the World Turns from 1982 to 1984. Directors for this show especially liked working with Meg Ryan because Meg could cry on cue.

After several TV film and smaller movie roles, Meg's first full blown hit in a leading role was the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. When Harry Met Sally was favorably received and typecast Ryan as a bubbly, charming, feisty, but incurable romantic. She made several attempts to break away from this stereotype, and garnered some critical acclaim for her work in When a Man Loves a Woman (in which she played an alcoholic) and Courage Under Fire (in which she played a military officer killed in combat). Many of her films of the 1990s were hits not only in North America, but also abroad. She had a very popular on-screen pairing with Tom Hanks: some compared their chemistry to Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. They starred in three films together, and their last, (1998's You've Got Mail), was Ryan's last major box office success for some years to come.

Meg Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid on Valentine's Day in 1991, after starring in two films with him. Ryan only agreed to marry him after he kicked his drug and alcohol addiction. Quaid and Ryan have one child together, Jack Henry, born April 24, 1992. The couple divorced on July 16, 2001. Although Ryan had a relationship with actor Russell Crowe, with whom she was working on a movie, both she and Quaid deny it was a factor in their divorce. Ryan indicated in 2006 in an interview with Allure that Quaid had not been faithful to her during their marriage.

In January 2006, Ryan brought her newly adopted daughter, one year old Daisy True, home from China.

In 2003, Meg Ryan broke away from her usual roles and starred in In the Cut, an erotic crime/thriller/mystery which was popular with neither critics nor the public. While promoting this film in the UK, Ryan drew the ire of a part of the British press and public when she appeared on Parkinson, the long-running talk show hosted by veteran presenter Michael Parkinson. Parkinson, who has interviewed over 1,000 of the world's most famous people, confessed that Ms. Ryan's interview was his "most difficult TV moment", adding, "I should have closed it. But listen, it happens. She was an unhappy woman. I felt sorry for her. What I couldn't forgive her for was that she was rude to the other guests."

In response, via an interview with Marie Claire magazine in 2006, Ryan blamed Parkinson's perceived paternal manner, saying: "I don't even know the man. That guy was like some disapproving father! It's crazy. I don't know what he is to you guys, but he's a nut. I felt like he was berating me for being naked in the movie. He said something like: 'You should go back to doing what you were doing'. And I thought, are you like a disapproving dad right now? I'm not even related to you. Back off, buddy. I was so offended by him."

The episode also brought into sharp focus the difference between the UK's publicly funded BBC, which has no advertisements, and US commercial networks: "I realized it's not like an American talk show where it's seven minutes and then there's a commercial break. I had to do 20 minutes straight with this guy, and I could either walk off — which wouldn't be good — or try to disagree with him very respectfully."

Meg Ryan Casting Credits

Homeland Security (2007) (pre-production) (rumored)
In the Land of Women (2006) (completed) .... Sarah Hardwicke
Against the Ropes (2004) .... Jackie Kallen
... aka Promoterin, Die (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) .... Anya/Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanov
Addicted to Love (1997) .... Maggie
... aka Forlorn
Courage Under Fire (1996) .... Captain Karen Emma 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
The Doors (1991) .... Pamela Courson
"Captain Planet and the Planeteers" (1990) TV Series (voice) .... Dr. Blight (1990-1991)
... aka The New Adventures of Captain Planet (USA: fourth season title)
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) .... Bev
... aka Young Hearts
Armed and Dangerous (1986) .... Maggie Cavanaugh
Top Gun (1986) .... Carole
"Wildside" (1985) TV Series .... Cally Oaks (1985)
"Charles in Charge"
- Hurricane Megan (1985) TV Episode .... Megan Harper
- War (1984) TV Episode .... Megan Harper
Amityville 3-D (1983) .... Lisa
... aka Amityville III: The Demon
... aka Amityville: The Demon
"As the World Turns" (1956) TV Series .... Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos #6 (1982-1984)
"One of the Boys" (1982) TV Series .... Jane (1982)
Amy & the Angel (1982) (TV) .... Denise
Rich and Famous (1981) .... Debby Blake, 18 Years
Desert Saints (2002) (producer)
The Wedding Planner (2001) (executive producer)
... aka Wedding Planner - verliebt, verlobt, verplant (Germany)
Lost Souls (2000) (producer)
Northern Lights (1997) (TV) (executive producer)
... aka Étoile du nord, L' (Canada: French title)
French Kiss (1995) (producer)
... aka Paris Match
The Making of 'Anastasia' (2006) (V) .... Herself
"The Oprah Winfrey Show"
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 1 March 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 13 February 2000 (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope (2005) (TV) .... Herself
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
- Episode dated 20 February 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
- Episode #12.2649 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 12 December 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
"Tinseltown TV"
- Episode dated 6 December 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"Tussen de sterren"
- Episode #1.2 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Terry and Gaby Show"
- Episode dated 27 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 25 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Charlie Rose Show"
- Episode dated 21 October 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"What's Going On?"
- Intolerance in Northern Ireland (????) TV Episode
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks (2002) (TV) .... Herself
Searching for Debra Winger (2002) .... Herself
- The White Elephants of Thailand with Meg Ryan (2002) TV Episode .... Herself
"Revealed with Jules Asner"
- Meg Ryan (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
- Episode dated 20 December 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 10 December 1998 (1998) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 21 May 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 12 July 1996 (1996) TV Episode .... Herself
The Concert for New York City (2001) (TV) .... Herself
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV) .... Herself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself
The Making of 'Hanging Up' (2000) (TV) .... Herself
... aka Getting Connected: The Making of Hanging Up (Australia: DVD title)
... aka HBO Look: The Making of 'Hanging Up' (USA)
"HBO First Look"
- Hanging Up (2000) TV Episode .... Herself
How Harry Met Sally... (2000) (V) .... Herself
"The Directors"
- The Films of Rob Reiner (1999) TV Episode .... Herself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Making Angels (1998) (V) .... Herself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
"Inside the Actors Studio"
- Episode #3.10 (1996) TV Episode .... Herself
A Century of Cinema (1994) .... Herself
¿De qué te ríes? (2006) (TV) .... Sally Albright
"The E! True Hollywood Story"
- Meg Ryan (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
Showbiz Hissy Fits (2005) (TV) .... Herself
Celebrity Naked Ambition (2003) (TV) .... Sally Albright
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment (2003) (TV) .... Herself
50 Years of Funny Females (1995) (TV)