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Overview (3)

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameMargaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Blond-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Susan (Duggan), an English teacher and one-time actress, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She is of Ruthenian, Polish, Irish, and German ancestry ("Hyra" is a Ruthenian surname, and "Ryan" is her maternal grandmother's maiden name). Meg graduated from Bethel high school, Bethel in June 1979. Moving to New York, she attended New York University where she majored in journalism. To earn extra money while working on her degree, Meg went into acting using her new name Meg Ryan. In 1981, she had her big screen debut with a brief appearance as Candice Bergen's daughter in George Cukor's last film Rich and Famous (1981).

She tried out and was cast as Betsy in the day time television soap As the World Turns (1956). She was part of the cast from 1982 to 1984. Meg also had a part in the television series One of the Boys (1982), but this show was soon canceled. In 1984, she moved to tinsel town and landed a job in the western television Series Wildside (1985). Meg's small part in the blockbuster movie Top Gun (1986) led to her being cast in Steven Spielberg's Innerspace (1987) where she co-starred with Dennis Quaid. She again co-starred with Quaid in the remake of D.O.A. (1988) and they married on Valentine's Day in 1991. In 1989, Meg appeared in When Harry Met Sally... (1989) and the scene at the restaurant became famous. Meg was nominated for both the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.

In 1990, she co-starred with Tom Hanks in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and this time she played three roles as DeDe/Angelica/Patricia. She appeared again with Tom in the very successful Sleepless in Seattle (1993) for which she was again nominated for the Golden Globe. In 1994, Meg decided to act against type when she appeared as the alcoholic wife and mother in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994). After that, she went back to "cute" with both I.Q. (1994) and French Kiss (1995). In 1994, Meg won the Harvard Hasty Pudding Award as "Woman of the Year" and was voted as being one of "The 50 most beautiful people in the world 1994" by People Magazine.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (1)

Dennis Quaid (14 February 1991 - 16 July 2001) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Graceful walk
Striking blue eyes

Trivia (33)

In 1979, she graduated from Bethel High School and was Prom Queen.
In June 1999, ranked #57 in Premiere (USA) magazine's "The 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood" list.
In 1998, she was ranked #59 on Entertainment Weekly's most powerful people in Hollywood.
In April 1998, she was voted most favorite female movie star by the readers and online users of the "People Weekly Magazine".
In October 1997, she was ranked #94 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
She began Prufrock Pictures in 1994. Then in 2000, Prufrock Pictures was shut down.
She met actor Anthony Edwards during the making of the film Top Gun (1986) and moved in with him. They were a couple until she met actor Dennis Quaid during the film Innerspace (1987), and she moved in with and eventually married him. Both actors portrayed military fighter pilots in their respective roles. Had she been chosen for the role of Robin Monroe in Six Days Seven Nights (1998), that would have made the third time she would have been she would play a character involved with a pilot, albeit not a military pilot.
She turned down the Nicole Kidman role in To Die For (1995).
"Meg Ryan" is an anagram of "Germany". When she registered with the Screen Actors Guild as a teenager, Meg used her maternal grandmother's maiden name, "Ryan", as her stage surname.
She was born at 10:08 AM EST.
Savage Garden's song, "All Around Me", was written about her, inspired by a crush from Daniel Jones, the band's composer.
On 4 February 2002, a Los Angeles judge granted a restraining order against John Michael Hughes, a 40 year old real estate agent who had been hanging around Ryan's home claiming to be her fiancee.
She was a member of the jury at the Festival International de Cannes in 2003.
She took three weeks of boxing lessons, to prepare for her role in Against the Ropes (2004); Ryan wanted to understand the sport, and the terms her character would use.
She shared a Los Angeles house with Daphne Zuniga when both were struggling actresses.
She lost the lead role in Washington Square (1997) to Jennifer Jason Leigh.
She and her good friend Tom Hanks have been co-stars in three movies as love interests: Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and You've Got Mail (1998).
She did several national commercials as a teenager for Barbie and other products.
She was voted "cutest" girl in school, class secretary, and homecoming queen in her senior year of high school.
A famous haircut by Sally Hershberger was named "Meg" in honor of Ryan, since she was the first one to have it.
She was offered the role of "Molly Jensen" in Ghost (1990), but turned it down. The part later went to Demi Moore.
She turned down the role of "Vivian Ward" in Pretty Woman (1990). Julia Roberts was later given the role.
She has twice played Candice Bergen's daughter, first in Rich and Famous (1981) and again in The Women (2008).
Her first film audition was for the role played by Brooke Shields in Endless Love (1981).
She was in consideration for the part of Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994) but Uma Thurman, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
She was offered the role of Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie in Steel Magnolias (1989), but she turned it down in order to film When Harry Met Sally... (1989). Julia Roberts, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
An asteroid is named after her - 8353 Megryan.
She is the second wife of Dennis Quaid.
She is the ex-sister-in-law of Randy Quaid.
Her father is of half Rusyn/Ruthenian and half Polish ancestry, and her mother is of approximately three quarters Irish and one quarter German, descent. Her paternal great-grandfather, Orest J. Hyra, was born in Galicia, Halychyna, and met Meg's great-grandmother, Anna Durniak, the daughter of immigrants, in the United States.
She was originally offered Jodie Foster's role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Coincidentally both actresses share the same birthday (November 19th). Ryan is exactly one year older than Foster (Ryan was born in 1961 and Foster in 1962).
She has two children - Jack Henry Quaid (Jack Quaid; b.April 24, 1992) with her ex-husband Dennis Quaid and adopted daughter Daisy True Ryan (b.November 2004, adopted as 14-month-old in January 2006 from China).
In 2003, she made an infamous appearance on the BBC's top talk show Parkinson (1971) to promote In the Cut (2003), which has gone down in British television history and was described by host Michael Parkinson as his "most difficult TV moment".

Personal Quotes (6)

People say that chivalry is dead, I don't think that it's dead, I think it's just got the 'flu!
[commenting on the nudity and sex in In the Cut (2003)] You don't go, 'Wow! I get to do a nude scene.' But I love the sex scene in this movie. It was scary, honest and raw. But people could find my body very unattractive. There could be a backlash against it.
The best thing about modern living is anaesthesia. Definitely.
Clearly romantic comedy is my franchise genre, I don't mind saying that, it's true. I love doing them and hopefully always will do them. I don't feel particularly typecast because I think I do so many different kinds of things. Whether they're seen or not is another issue.
[in 2008 on why she hadn't been working very much recently] I've been famous since I was a teenager. There are a lot of empty spaces in that. I just feel like I've been filling in the cracks a little bit. I feel very fortunate, very free.
[on her infamous interview on the BBC's Parkinson (1971) in 2003] 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. I realised 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.

Salary (5)

I.Q. (1994) $5,000,000
City of Angels (1998) $8,500,000
You've Got Mail (1998) $10,500,000
Proof of Life (2000) $15,000,000
Kate & Leopold (2001) $15,000,000

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