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Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra (born November 19, 1961), known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and producer. After playing several minor roles in film and television, Ryan became a movie star in 1989, when she appeared in When Harry Met Sally.... Over the next 15 years she played leading roles in several romantic-comedy films, includingSleepless in Seattle (1993), French Kiss (1995), Addicted to Love (1997), City of Angels (1998), You've Got Mail (1998), and Kate & Leopold (2001), films which together grossed a total of more than $870 million worldwide. In 1995, the Time critic Richard Corliss called her "the current soul of romantic comedy".


Personal lifeEdit

Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid on Valentine's Day 1991, after starring in two films with him (D.O.A. and Innerspace). She agreed to marry him only after he kicked his cocaine addiction. Quaid and Ryan have one child together,Jack Quaid, born April 24, 1992. In 2000, she became involved with Russell Crowe on the set of Proof of Life. She and Quaid separated and their divorce became final on July 16, 2001. In September 2008, Ryan revealed Quaid had been unfaithful to her for a long time while they were married.

In January 2006, Ryan adopted a 14-month-old girl from China named Daisy True.

As of January 2011, she is in a relationship with American rock singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, who announced on December 30, 2010 that he and his wife, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, were divorcing after 18 years of marriage.

[edit]Political involvementEdit

Ryan has supported the U.S. Democratic Party, especially its environmental protection programs and initiatives. In 2003, she supported Wesley Clark's campaign for U.S. president. She supported John Kerry during the 2004 presidential elections.

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1981 Rich and Famous Debby Blake
1983 Amityville 3-D Lisa
1986 Top Gun Carol Bradshaw
1986 Armed and Dangerous Maggie Cavanaugh Employed at Guard Dog Security, she was the firearms instructor on the range.
1987 Promised Land Beverly "Bev" Sykes Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1987 Innerspace Lydia Maxwell
1988 D.O.A. Sydney Fuller A freshman student opposite Dennis Quaid
1988 The Presidio Donna Caldwell
1989 When Harry Met Sally... Sally Albright American Comedy Award Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)

Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

1990 Joe Versus the Volcano DeDe/Angelica Graynamore/Patricia Graynamore
1991 The Doors Pamela Courson
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Rita Boyle
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Annie Reed American Comedy Award Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)

Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo(with Tom Hanks) Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance

1993 Flesh and Bone Kay Davies
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance

Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Motion Picture

1994 I.Q. Catherine Boyd
1995 French Kiss Kate Nominated—American Comedy Award Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
1995 Restoration Katharine
1996 Courage Under Fire CPT Karen Emma Walden
1997 Addicted to Love Maggie
1997 Anastasia Anastasia (voice) Nominated—Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer
1998 City of Angels Dr. Maggie Rice Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Drama/Romance

Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo(with Nicolas Cage) Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress

1998 Hurlyburly Bonnie
1998 You've Got Mail Kathleen Kelly Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Comedy/Romance

Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

2000 Hanging Up Eve Mozell Marks
2000 Proof of Life Alice Bowman Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Suspense
2001 Kate & Leopold Kate McKay
2003 In the Cut Frannie
2004 Against the Ropes Jackie Kallen
2007 In the Land of Women Sarah Hardwicke
2008 The Deal Deidre Heam
2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend Martha Durand
2008 The Women Mary Haines Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress(with Annette BeningEva MendesDebra Messing and Jada Pinkett Smith)
2009 Serious Moonlight Louise "Lou"
2011 New Year's Eve[

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Taxi Driver
2012 Lives of the Saints Pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 As the World Turns Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos
1982 ABC Afterschool Special Denise Episode "Amy and the Angel"
1982 One of the Boys Jane Series cancelled after 13 episodes
1984–85 Charles in Charge Megan Harper 2 episodes
1985 Wildside Cally Oaks 6 episodes
1990–91 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Dr. Blight (voice) Cast member
2007 The Simpsons Dr. Swanson (voice) 1 episode Yokel Chords
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself Season 7
Documentary
Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Century of Cinema Herself Documentary with film personalities.
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself Rosanna Arquette film

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