Meg Ryan, born as Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra, (Fairfield (Connecticut), november 19, 1961) is an American (film) actress. She is best known for her roles inromantic comedies like When Harry Met Sally ... and Sleepless in Seattle .


Ryan studied journalism at New York University. To fund her studies, she started acting. In 1981 , she made her film debut in the movie Rich and Famous, then they got a fixed role in the successful soap opera As the World Turns. In this she played the 1982 to 1984 's role of Betsy.

They got some film roles, including a small part in Top Gun and Innerspace, in which she played the girlfriend of Dennis Quaid . The two also got a relationship In real life, and they were married on Valentine's day 1991.

In 1989 came the big breakthrough as an actress with the hit movie When Harry Met Sally ... by Rob Reiner. The scene in which she fakes orgasm in a roadside restaurant became a classic. For her role in this film Ryan got a Golden Globenomination. It also formed the basis of its further film career: most major films in which Ryan would play the lead role, are romantic comedies à la When Harry Met Sally ...

In 1990 , she appeared in Joe Versus the Volcano, with Tom Hanks. It was the first of a successful cooperation between the two actors. The two would successfully be put opposite each other more often in the movies, Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998).

For her role as Jim Morrison's wife in The Doors by Ryan Oliver Stone proved to be more than just romantic comedies. In 1994 , she played an alcoholic in When a Man Loves a Woman. Although the movies were successful, proved to be the public and the critics still prefer to see Ryan in romantic movies. For Sleepless in Seattle , she received a second Golden Globe nomination, and also you've Got Mail and City of Angels (with Nicolas Cage) were big blockbusters.

In 2000 Ryan got a relationship with Russell Crowe on the set of the movie Proof of Life. Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid made almost simultaneously announced that they got divorced. On 16 July 2001 was their divorce official. Ryan and Quaid have a son, Jack Henry, born on april 24, 1992. Meg Ryan In January 2006 adopted a girl from China, 14 months old daughter Daisy True Ryan.

In 2003 seemed to break with her brave Ryan for good image by playing in the erotic thriller In the Cut, which at the Toronto Film Festival premiered. In 2008 she played the role of Mary Haines in The Women, a role that Norma Shearer also played in 1939 .


Filmography as an actress
Year Title Role Note
1990-1991 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Dr. Blight
1985 Wild side Cally Oaks
1982-1984 As the World Turns Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos
1982 One of the Boys Jane
2009 Serious Moonlight Louise
2008 The Women Mary Haines
My mom's New Boyfriend Martha "Marty" Durand
The Deal Deidre Hearn
2007 In the Land of Women Sarah Hardwicke
2004 Against the Ropes Jackie Kallen
2003 In the Cut Frannie
2001 Kate & Leopold Kate McKay
2000 Proof of Life Alice Bowman
Hanging Up Eve Mozell Marks
1998 You've Got Mail Kathleen Kelly
Hurlyburly Bonnie
City of Angels Dr. Maggie Rice
1997 Anastasia Anastasia Voice
Addicted to Love Maggie
1996 Courage Under Fire Karen Walden
1995 Restoration Katharine
French Kiss Kate
1994 I.Q. Catherine Boyd
When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green
1993 Flesh and Bone Kay Davies
Sleepless in Seattle Annie Reed
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Rita Boyle
1991 The Doors Pamela Courson
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano DeDe/Angelica Graynamore/Patricia Graynamore
1989 When Harry Met Sally ... Sally Albright
1988 The Presidio Donna Caldwell
D.O.A. Sydney Fuller
1987 Innerspace Lydia Maxwell
Promised Land Beverly ' Bev ' Sykes
1986 Armed and Dangerous Maggie Cavanaugh
Top Gun Carol Bradshaw
1983 Amityville 3-D Lisa
1981 Rich and Famous Debby Blake (18 years)

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