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Birth information

19 November 1961 Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Given Name

Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

How tall is Meg Ryan?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Dennis Quaid

Life Story of Meg Ryan

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...

Significant features of Meg Ryan

Graceful walk
Striking blue eyes

How much money has Meg Ryan earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Meg Ryan

Danelle Morton Meg Ryan. 2000

Biographical movies about Meg Ryan

E! True Hollywood Story: "Meg Ryan" Episode #9.5 2005

What movies did Meg Ryan play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Picture Paris (2018) , Desert Saints (2002) , Wedding Planner - verliebt, verlobt, verplant (2001) , Lost Souls (2000) , Northern Lights (1997) , French Kiss (1995) ,
Directors Filmography
Ithaca (2015) ,
Actors Filmography
Picture Paris (2018) , Ithaca (2015) Mrs. Macauley, Fan Girl (2015) Mary Farrow, How I Met Your Dad (2014) Narrator, Web Therapy (2013) Karen Sharpe, Web Therapy (2013) Karen Sharpe, Curb Your Enthusiasm (2009) Meg Ryan, Serious Moonlight (2009) Louise, The Women (2008)...

Birth information

19 November 1961 Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Given Name

Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

How tall is Meg Ryan?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Dennis Quaid

Life Story of Meg Ryan

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...

Significant features of Meg Ryan

Graceful walk
Striking blue eyes

How much money has Meg Ryan earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Meg Ryan

Danelle Morton Meg Ryan. 2000

Biographical movies about Meg Ryan

E! True Hollywood Story: "Meg Ryan" Episode #9.5 2005

What movies did Meg Ryan play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Picture Paris (2018) , Desert Saints (2002) , Wedding Planner - verliebt, verlobt, verplant (2001) , Lost Souls (2000) , Northern Lights (1997) , French Kiss (1995) ,
Directors Filmography
Ithaca (2015) ,
Actors Filmography
Picture Paris (2018) , Ithaca (2015) Mrs. Macauley, Fan Girl (2015) Mary Farrow, How I Met Your Dad (2014) Narrator, Web Therapy (2013) Karen Sharpe, Web Therapy (2013) Karen Sharpe, Curb Your Enthusiasm (2009) Meg Ryan, Serious Moonlight (2009) Louise, The Women (2008)...

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Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, and Frank Whaley in The Doors (1991)

In 1979, she graduated from Bethel High School and was Prom Queen.

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Meg Ryan in The Doors (1991)

In June 1999, ranked #57 in Premiere (USA) magazine's "The 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood" list.

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Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan in The Doors (1991)

In 1998, she was ranked #59 on Entertainment Weekly's most powerful people in Hollywood.

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Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

In April 1998, she was voted most favorite female movie star by the readers and online users of the "People Weekly Magazine".

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Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

In October 1997, she was ranked #94 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

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Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

She began Prufrock Pictures in 1994. Then in 2000, Prufrock Pictures was shut down.

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Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

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'd have played a character involved with a pilot, albeit not a military pilot.

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Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

She turned down the Nicole Kidman role in To Die For (1995).

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Meg Ryan, Kelly Preston, and Tchéky Karyo in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

"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.

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Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

She was born at 10:08 AM EST.

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Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

Savage Garden's song, "All Around Me", was written about her, inspired by a crush from Daniel Jones, the band's composer.

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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.

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Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

She was a member of the jury at the Festival International de Cannes in 2003.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Joe gegen den Vulkan (1990)

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.

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She shared a Los Angeles house with Daphne Zuniga when both were struggling actresses.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Joe gegen den Vulkan (1990)

She lost the lead role in Washington Square (1997) to Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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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).

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She did several national commercials as a teenager for Barbie and other products.

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She was voted "cutest" girl in school, class secretary, and homecoming queen in her senior year of high school.

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A famous haircut by Sally Hershberger was named "Meg" in honor of Ryan, since she was the first one to have it.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Joe gegen den Vulkan (1990)

She was offered the role of "Molly Jensen" in Ghost (1990), but turned it down. The part later went to Demi Moore.

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Ross Malinger in Schlaflos in Seattle (1993)

She turned down the role of "Vivian Ward" in Pretty Woman (1990). Julia Roberts was later given the role.

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She has twice played Candice Bergen's daughter, first in Rich and Famous (1981) and again in The Women (2008).

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Her first film audition was for the role played by Brooke Shields in Endless Love (1981).

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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.

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An asteroid is named after her - 8353 Megryan.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Joe gegen den Vulkan (1990)

She is the second wife of Dennis Quaid.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Joe gegen den Vulkan (1990)

She is the ex-sister-in-law of Randy Quaid.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Joe gegen den Vulkan (1990)

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.

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Meg Ryan in Schlaflos in Seattle (1993)

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).

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Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin in Zauberhafte Zeiten (1992)

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".

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Meg Ryan in Zauberhafte Zeiten (1992)

On at least one movie her contract stipulated that extras would not look her in the eye.

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Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin in Zauberhafte Zeiten (1992)

She has size 11 feet.

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Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin in Zauberhafte Zeiten (1992)

Has appeared in commercials for Burger King, Campbells Soup and a toothpaste ad.

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Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin in Zauberhafte Zeiten (1992)

Returned to work three months after giving birth to her son Jack Quaid to begin filming Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

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Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, and Ward Ohrman in Zauberhafte Zeiten (1992)

Announced her engagement to 8 year relationship singer-songwriter John Mellencamp on November 8, 2018.

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Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

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Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

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Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

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Meg Ryan in In Sachen Liebe (1997)

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Meg Ryan in D.O.A. - Bei Ankunft Mord (1988)

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Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid in D.O.A. - Bei Ankunft Mord (1988)

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Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid in Ein Blutiges Erbe (1993)

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