Meg Ryan

Highest Rated: 100% Everything Is Copy (2016)
Birthday: Nov 19, 1961
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Although she has also proven herself as a dramatic actress, Meg Ryan used her blonde hair, blue eyes, and effervescent personality to greatest effect in romantic comedies of the 1980s and '90s. Initially getting her start on television, Ryan became a star with her titular role in the smash 1989 comedy When Harry Met Sally, earning both fame and permanent notoriety for her ability to fake an orgasm for Billy Crystal during a scene in a New York restaurant.The daughter of a casting agent, Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Anna Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut on November 19, 1961. Raised in New York, she went on to study journalism at New York University. In need of money to pay for her night classes, Ryan turned to acting to raise some extra cash. With her mother's help, she landed a role on a short-lived television series, and then made her film debut in Rich and Famous. The 1981 film -- director George Cukor's last -- cast Ryan as Candice Bergen's daughter, and proved to be a positive enough experience that the young actress was soon looking for more work. A lucky break led to her being cast in the daytime drama As the World Turns, on which she performed from 1982 until 1984.After appearing in Amityville 3-D (1983), Ryan secured more auspicious work when she was cast as the wife of doomed flyboy Goose (Anthony Edwards) in Top Gun (1986). Although her role was minor, the film's success paved the way for more work for the actress, and the following year she starred in Innerspace, a comedy that cast her as Dennis Quaid's girlfriend. Her onscreen status as Quaid's love interest soon became off-screen reality, and after starring together in D.O.A. (1988), the two married in 1991.In 1989, Ryan had her breakthrough role as Sally Albright in Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally. The following year, she starred opposite Tom Hanks in Joe Versus the Volcano. Although the film received a lukewarm critical and commercial reception, it began an onscreen collaboration between Ryan and Hanks that would prove to be very successful in future films. Before she next appeared onscreen with Hanks, Ryan took an uncharacteristic turn towards the purely dramatic, playing Jim Morrison's drug-addicted wife Pamela in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991). She received wide critical praise for her portrayal, proving that she was capable of extending her range beyond light comedy. She further demonstrated her capabilities in the dark 1993 drama Flesh and Bone. Her performance as a hitchhiker received strong notices, although the film, which cast her opposite husband Quaid, was largely ignored by audiences.That same year, Ryan returned to romantic comedy, starring opposite Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle. Nominated for a Golden Globe for her work, she then starred in another romantic comedy, I.Q., the following year. However, 1994 also brought more dramatic roles with Restoration, a period drama that cast Ryan as Robert Downey, Jr.'s doomed love, and When a Man Loves a Woman, in which she played an alcoholic. After further bucking her bubbly persona with a turn as a Gulf War solider in Courage Under Fire (1996) and a somewhat nasty portrayal of a vengeful ex-girlfriend in Addicted to Love (1997), Ryan again starred opposite Hanks in You've Got Mail (1998). Another romantic comedy, it put the actress back in her most successful milieu and was popular among critics and audiences alike. That same year, Ryan had further success starring opposite Nicolas Cage in the romantic drama City of Angels, and essayed the unlikely role of a world-weary exotic dancer in Hurlyburly.2000 saw Ryan return to comedy, starring alongside Lisa Kudrow and Diane Keaton in Keaton's Hanging Up and also serving as the producer of the supernatural thriller Lost Souls. However, it was Ryan's offscreen activities that same year that truly aroused the public's notice and allowed her to break away from her perky, girl-next-door persona more effectively than any number of dramatic film roles could ever

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
13% Ithaca Director Mrs. Macauley 2016
100% Everything Is Copy Actor 2016
No Score Yet Fan Girl Mary Farrow 2015
22% Serious Moonlight Louise 2009
13% The Women Mary Haines $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Deal Deidre Hearn 2008
No Score Yet My Mom's New Boyfriend Marty Durand 2008
No Score Yet The Women Actor 2008
44% In the Land of Women Sarah Hardwicke $11.1M 2007
No Score Yet Homeland Security Actor 2007
12% Against the Ropes Jackie Kallen $5.7M 2004
34% In the Cut Frannie $4.8M 2003
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
29% Desert Saints Producer 2002
50% Kate & Leopold Kate $47.1M 2001
16% The Wedding Planner Executive Producer $60M 2001
39% Proof of Life Alice $31.2M 2000
7% Lost Souls Producer 2000
12% Hanging Up Eve 2000
58% Hurlyburly Bonnie 1998
68% You've Got Mail Kathleen Kelly 1998
58% City of Angels Maggie 1998
85% Anastasia Anastasia 1997
No Score Yet Northern Lights Executive Producer 1997
56% Addicted to Love Maggie 1997
85% Courage Under Fire Capt. Karen Walden 1996
70% Restoration Katherine 1996
50% French Kiss Producer Kate 1995
46% I.Q. Catherine Boyd 1994
71% When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green 1994
68% Flesh And Bone Kay Davies 1993
73% Sleepless in Seattle Annie Reed 1993
63% Prelude to a Kiss Rita Boyle 1992
56% The Doors Pam Courson 1991
62% Joe Versus the Volcano DeDe/Angelica/Patricia 1990
90% When Harry Met Sally Sally 1989
53% The Presidio Donna Caldwell 1988
61% D.O.A. Sydney Fuller 1988
73% Promised Land Beverly 'Bev' Sykes 1988
82% Innerspace Lydia Maxwell 1987
11% Armed and Dangerous Maggie Cavanaugh 1986
54% Top Gun Carole Bradshaw 1986
5% Amityville: The Demon Lisa 1983
No Score Yet Amy and the Angel Denise 1982
50% Rich and Famous Debby (age 18) 1981

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011-2017
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Karen Karen Sharpe
  • 2013
No Score Yet Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
2012
Appearing
  • 2012
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Herself
  • 2009
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Herself
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2008
  • 2004
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Appearing Narrator Host
  • 2002
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
Megan Jane
  • 1985
  • 1984

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