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Meg Ryan - A short biography
Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra, better known to us nowadays as Meg Ryan, was born on 19th November 1961 in
Fairfield, Connecticut in the United States of America.
She was raised in the Catholic faith.
The daughter of Harry Hyra and Susan Jordan who divorced in 1976 (Stepfather Pat Jordan) this blue eyed young lady has two sisters Dana and
Annie and a brother, Andrew.
There has been a well known rift between Meg and her mother since the early 1980's
By way of education Meg studied at Bethel High School, Connecticut with the family having moved to the area in 1974. She was known in her
schooldays as Peggy Hyra. Meg was her High School's Homecoming Queen in 1977 when the original queen was suspended. She went on to study
journalism at New York University and majored in the subject.
In 1976 her parents divorced and her mother moved to New York. Eventually in 1978 Meg changed her surname
to Ryan which was her mothers maiden surname.
In 1979 having been voted the cutest girl in high school Meg also moved to New York.
However journalism was not destined to be the eventual career of Margaret Hyra instead she was to become
one of the most famous American actresses of the 1980's and 1990's. In 1981 she had her film debut in "Rich
This was followed by a two year spell in the TV serial "As The World Turns"
Into 1983 with Amityville 3D and the following year Meg uprooted again and moved to Hollywood where she had
a role in Wildside.
It is widely believed that Megs talents were probably noticed first when she appeared in Top Gun in 1986.
Meg was engaged to investment banker Buck Burnaman prior to meeting Anthony Edwards on the set of Top Gun.
1987 brought with it Innerspace and a typical scatty blond role for Meg. this was to be the first time she acted with the man who was eventually to
become her husband, Dennis Quaid. Her previous relationship with actor Anthony Edwards ended at this time.
1988 meant a further acting reunion with Dennis in D.O.A. and also in this year the Presidio (Starring Sean Connery) and the Promised Land were
also both released.
In 1989 when Harry Met Sally was released which included Meg's most famous scene to date this being the now famous faked orgasm scene.
Into the 90's and the release of Joe Versus The Volcano in 1990 gave Meg her first film role alongside the very talented Tom Hanks.
The combination of Hanks and Ryan was to prove such a success that once again, like Quaid and Ryan, they were to be teamed up again in a future
14th February 1991 (Valentines Day) Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan get married.
Also in this year the movie The Doors is released.
A son, Jack Henry, is born to Dennis and Meg on April 24th 1992.
Meg once again co-stars with Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle in 1993.
1994 meant a hectic year for Meg with When A Man Loves a Woman, I.Q is released and the charming French
kiss is made.
1995 sees no let up in a busy schedule with French Kiss and restoration being released. Courage Under Fire and
Anastasia are both in production stage.
1996 Courage Under Fire is released (also starring Denzel Washington). Restoration wins 2 Oscars.
In 1997 the very funny romantic comedy Addicted to love is released. Anastasia is also released (a vocal only role
1998 City of Angels is released and Hurly Burly Production ends.
1999 Heralds the release of You've Got Mail, Meg again teaming up with Tom Hanks in yet another romantic comedy.
2000 Meg starts the new Millennium with Hanging Up co starring Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow - a great performance by Meg but I feel it is to be a
box office flop compared to some of her other movies.
With a string of major movie successes behind her it is seems somewhat unfortunate and unjustified that ,to date, Meg has still not picked up a major
29 June 2000. A very sad day in the life of Meg Ryan as she and Dennis Quaid announce they are to separate after 9 years of Marriage. A week later
comes the announcement that they are to divorce with Dennis having filed divorce papers at Los Angeles Superior Court on July 11th. Meg filed her
own divorce papers on 14th August.
The report comes after UK newspapers tell of Meg's nights out with Russell Crowe who is filming Proof Of Life with her at that time. However there
were also newspaper reports that their marriage had been in trouble for many months prior to this.
Meg and Dennis are then reported to have tried a reconciliation but then newspapers later report that Meg herself has filed her own divorce papers.
For many months Meg's alleged relationship with Russell Crowe is then featured in the international press.
December 2000 Proof Of Life released in the US - UK screening planned for Feb 2001
In January 2001 the Ryan / Crowe relationship is reported to be over with a new years eve wedding never
Feb 2001 at this time it is reported Meg can earn around US$15 million per movie.
March 2nd 2001 Proof Of Life released in the UK.
The remainder of 2001 sees the international media chasing Meg all over the world accusing her of having a
relationship with just about every man she is pictured with.
In June Meg films a documentary about the falling number of Asian elephants. This was recorded in Thailand.
Following the U.S terrorist attacks on September 11th Meg plays a big part in helping to raise funds for the
Meg celebrated her 40th birthday on Monday November 19th 2001.
Meg's main movie project in 2001 was the recording of the Romantic comedy Kate and Leopold.
Kate and Leopold is screened first in the USA in December 2001 (UK release date 5th April 2002).
Meg enters 2002 with her next
movie planned being "Against The Ropes" the true life story of a female boxing manager followed by "In The
Cut" an erotic thriller.
2002 turned out to be a strange year for Meg when the international media turned on her saying her career was "in the toilet" and stating that she was
dating every man she was pictured with.
Again in 2002 Meg was said to have hot dates with Craig Bierko and ending the year romatically linked with John Cusack.
It was also the year when Dennis Quaid opened up to the media about his marriage to Meg whilst Meg stayed on the whole tight-lipped as usual.
Former lover Russell Crowe remained firmly in the news and never it seemed for good reasons.
Meg must be entered 2003 probably hoping for better reviews from the international media both in respect of her acting and personal life.
The Release of Against the Ropes was delayed it was said due to the fact the publisher was afraid that publicity would be lost due to the war in Iraq.
Also in 2003 Meg was a judge at the Cannes Film Festival.
In The Cut was released with reviewers concentrating more on Meg's naked scenes than the movie itself. The movie received mixed reviews from
mediocre to excellent.
Any hopes of favourable publicity from the press that Meg may have had at the start of 2003 were dashed by the end of it. The media preferring to
concentrate on Meg's nude scenes saying they were a desperate attempt to get away from her being solely associated with romantic comedies. They
also picked on her performing her exercises in strange places such as in the street or on an aircraft. Numerous reports came in daily papers that Meg
was getting more and more stroppy , demanding and bad tempered. She was criticized heavily for 2 rather lacklustre interview performances in the
UK, one on Michael Parkinson's show the other on GMTV, whilst promoting In The Cut. Finally she was booed at the UK premiere of In The Cut, in
Leicester Square, by waiting fans when she barely acknowledged them.
2004 and 2005 were the years when Meg Ryan took time out to spend time with son Jack. Apart from the release
of Against The Ropes in 2004 (which received mediocre reviews on the whole) little was heard from Meg. Finally
she reappeared in September 2005 in a Psychologies magazine interview looking radiant. Meg explained that she
had wanted to spend more time with Jack. Perhaps she has also decided that she should do what she does best
as she has just finished filming In The Land Of Women, a romantic comedy.
It looks like Megs "holiday" from the limelight may be the start of a new beginning in her life and career.
2006 was a similarly quiet year for Meg although with In The Land Of Women scheduled for US Box Office release
on 20th April 2007 her return the the limelight looks imminent.
However Meg's fans have never deserted her. With more than 1300 loyal fans in the mailing list for this site as at
December 2006 her popularity with the fans remains as strong as ever.
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