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The daughter of a casting agent, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Ann Hyra on Nov. 19, 1961, in Fairfield, Conn. While majoring in journalism at NYU, Ryan did some acting on the side; in 1981, she won the role of Candice Bergen's daughter in Rich and Famous and then did a stint on the daytime soap "As the World Turns."

With that on her resume, Ryan headed for Hollywood, landing small TV and film roles; it was her scene-stealing bit as Anthony Edwards' wife in Top Gun (1986) that assured her stardom. When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle (one of three pairings with Tom Hanks) cemented her romantic comedy appeal and show up on many a filmgoer's "personal favorites" list.

Despite her success in lighter fare (which also includes You've Got Mail and Kate & Leopold), Ryan has played against type in The Doors, When a Man Loves a Woman, Courage Under Fire and In the Cut.

Meg Ryan in In the Cut

In the Cut

2003 UR

After getting entwined in an affair with the police detective who's investigating the murder of a young woman in her New York City neighborhood, insular schoolteacher Frannie Avery begins to suspect that her lover was involved in the crime.

  • Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally When Harry Met Sally
  • Meg Ryan in Top Gun Top Gun
  • Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle Sleepless in Seattle
  • Meg Ryan in City of Angels City of Angels
  • Meg Ryan in Proof of Life Proof of Life
  • Meg Ryan in The Presidio The Presidio
  • Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail You've Got Mail
  • Meg Ryan in When a Man Loves a Woman When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Meg Ryan in Courage Under Fire Courage Under Fire
  • Meg Ryan in Innerspace Innerspace
  • Meg Ryan in Joe Versus the Volcano Joe Versus the Volcano
  • Meg Ryan in My Mom's New Boyfriend My Mom's New Boyfriend
  • Meg Ryan in Amityville 3 Amityville 3
  • Meg Ryan in French Kiss French Kiss
  • Meg Ryan in Hurlyburly Hurlyburly
  • Meg Ryan in Serious Moonlight Serious Moonlight
  • Meg Ryan in Rich and Famous Rich and Famous
  • Meg Ryan in The Doors The Doors
  • Meg Ryan in Prelude to a Kiss Prelude to a Kiss
  • Meg Ryan in I.Q. I.Q.
  • Meg Ryan in Hanging Up Hanging Up
  • Meg Ryan in Kate & Leopold Kate & Leopold
  • Meg Ryan in In the Land of Women In the Land of Women
  • Meg Ryan in The Deal The Deal
  • Meg Ryan in The Women The Women
  • Meg Ryan in Film Noir Collection: D.O.A. Film Noir Collection: D.O.A.
  • Meg Ryan in Armed and Dangerous Armed and Dangerous
  • Meg Ryan in Promised Land Promised Land
  • Meg Ryan in Flesh and Bone Flesh and Bone
  • Meg Ryan in Anastasia Anastasia
  • Meg Ryan in Against the Ropes Against the Ropes
  • Meg Ryan in Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary
  • Meg Ryan in Half the Sky Half the Sky