Full Name: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra
Birth Date: November 19, 1961
Birth Place: Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Height: 5' 8"
Quote: "It would be really great if people would realize that stars are only people with the same weaknesses and flaws, not immaculate idols."
Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra -- known as Meg or Peggy to family and friends -- was born November 19, 1961, in Fairfield, Connecticut. The daughter of Harry, a teacher, and Susan, a teacher, former actress and casting director, Meg did not intend to become the Hollywood cutie she is known as today.
With original intentions of pursuing a journalistic career, one would think that perhaps Meg inherited the acting bug from her mother, who left a 15-year-old Meg, her two sisters and her brother to become an actress.
Once Meg graduated from Bethel High School, she followed up her academic studies at the University of Connecticut. In order to pay for her tuition, Meg landed some acting gigs in several commercials. Her mother helped her become a member of the Screen Actors Guild, under her maiden name, and thus "Meg Ryan", as we know her today, was born.
Meg was cast in her feature film debut alongside Candice Bergen in the film, Rich and Famous in 1981, and decided to leave behind her journalistic studies to try her hand at acting. The former homecoming queen got her start on the small-screen, with roles in an After School Special, Amy the Angel, and appearances on the comedy Charles in Charge. She also became a regular on the daytime soap, As the World Turns, until 1984.
The series Wildside was the last of Meg's television career; one that would quickly be overshadowed by her present status as Hollywood's Sweetheart. After a role in 1983's Amityville III: The Demon, moviegoers would catch a glimpse of the blonde, perky actress in Top Gun, as Goose's wife (played by Anthony Edwards).
But her claim to fame came with a starring role in 1989's, When Harry Met Sally, co-starring Billy Crystal. Her scene-stealing fake orgasm in the middle of a restaurant went down in movie history, and practically locked Meg into Hollywood's list of up-and-comers. The Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks team started when the two paired up to star in Joe Versus the Volcano and the two were paired again in 1993's chick flick, Sleepless in Seattle.
The latter secured Meg as an A-list actress, and made audiences forget about her roles in The Doors and Promised Land, which, although were notable performances, didn't showcase Meg's adorable qualities. The early to mid '90s were also marked with hits such as When a Man Loves a Woman and French Kiss.
Other notable performances by Meg were in the period piece Restoration, Courage Under Fire (co-starring Denzel Washington and Matt Damon), and the animated feature, Anastasia. In 1999, Meg reunited with her Sleepless in Seattle co-star Tom Hanks to star in You've Got Mail.
In addition to her acting duties, Meg is also founder of her own production company, Prufrock Pictures (formerly Fandango Films), as well as the mother of her son with Dennis Quaid, Jack Henry. Meg first met Dennis Quaid on the set of 1987's Innerspace and the couple started dating while filming D.O.A. Their marriage proved to be dead on arrival during the summer of 2000, when the divorce of one of Hollywood's most enduring couples was announced, and Meg was rumored to be cuddling up to her Proof of Life co-star, Russell Crowe.
After a starring role in 1999's Hanging Up, Meg was then seen in Proof of Life. Her upcoming projects include Kate & Leopold, and a remake of the 1939 classic, The Women, co-starring fellow Hollywood sweetheart, Julia Roberts.
As an A-list and box-office attracting actress, Meg Ryan has proved to be lovable, both on and off-screen, and one thing's for certain -- we're glad she didn't stick to journalism.
Meg Ryan Filmography
The Women (2007)
Homeland Security (2007) .... Marty Durand
In the Land of Women (2007) .... Sarah Hardwicke
Against the Ropes (2004) .... Jackie Kallen
In the Cut (2003) .... Frannie
Kate & Leopold (2001) .... Kate McKay
Proof of Life (2000) .... Alice Bowman
Hanging Up (2000) .... Eve Mozell Marks
You've Got Mail (1998) .... Kathleen Kelly
Hurlyburly (1998) .... Bonnie
City of Angels (1998) .... Dr. Maggie Rice
Anastasia (1997) .... Anya/Anastasia Nicholaevna Romanov (voice)
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 .... Dr. Blight (1990-1991)
-- aka The New Adventures of Captain Planet
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) .... DeDe/Angelica Graynamore/Patricia Graynamore
When Harry Met Sally... (1989) .... Sally Albright
The Presidio (1988) .... Donna Caldwell
-- aka The Presidio: The Scene of the Crime
D.O.A. (1988) .... Sydney Fuller
Innerspace (1987) .... Lydia Maxwell
Promised Land (1987) .... Beverly 'Bev' Sykes
-- aka Young Hearts
Armed and Dangerous (1986) .... Maggie Cavanaugh
Top Gun (1986) .... Carole
"Wildside" (1985) TV Series .... Cally Oaks (1985)
"Charles in Charge" .... Meagan Parker (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Amityville 3-D (1983) .... Lisa
-- aka Amityville III: The Demon
-- aka Amityville: The Demon
"One of the Boys" (1982) TV Series .... Jane (1982)
"As the World Turns" (1956) TV Series .... Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos 6 (1982-1984)
Amy & the Angel (1982) (TV) .... Denise
Rich and Famous (1981) .... Debby Blake, 18 Years
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