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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Meg Ryan

Famous For:
When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, City of Angels
Networth:
$45 Million
Currently Known For:
Ithaca
Famous Years:
1988-Present
Meg Ryan



  Famous For:
When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, City of Angels

  Networth:
$45 Million


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If you were around in the 1990s, you know just how big of a star Meg Ryan was. Ryan was the “it girl” for pretty much the entire decade, starring in some of the highest grossing films. Many of these were based around romance, whether they be comedy or drama to really become America’s sweetheart. The 2000s haven’t seen roles come quite as frequently for the 57 year old, but her body of work speaks for itself, and Ryan is still in the movie business.

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Ryan came from a background of educators, with her mother dabbling in acting on her own. Ryan was born on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, where she spent her youth. Ryan had some training as an actress in her younger years, but really focused on the career when she got to college, starting at the University of Connecticut, before transferring to the big city where she went to New York University.

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However, Ryan was not there for very long. Ryan had started to land the occasional gig of appearing in commercials, and some minor roles on screen. Ryan made her on-screen debut in 1981 in the film “Rich and Famous” and the next year landed several television roles. This included joining the soap opera “As the World Turns”, as well as a recurring role on the series “One of the Boys”.

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There were a couple more recurring TV roles during the 1980s, though it was her movie career that started to take hold. Horror films such as “Amityville 3-D” and blockbusters like “Top Gun” soon followed, leading into starring roles. At the end of the decade, Ryan starred opposite Billy Crystal in the romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally”. The film was a massive hit at the box office and with critics, and it was the perfect setup for Ryan to become one of the biggest stars of the 90s.

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The decade started up with Ryan teaming with actor Tom Hanks for “Joe Versus the Volcano”. Two additional (and more successful) pairings would follow in the decade, with “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail”. The latter two joined “When Harry Met Sally” with Golden Globe nominations for Ryan. There were a lot of other starring roles for Ryan during the decade, as well, which included notable ones such as “City of Angels”, “The Doors” and “Courage Under Fire” just to name a few.

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More notable roles followed in the 2000s starting with the comedy film “Hanging Up”. The first half of the decade also included “In the Cut” and “Kate & Leopold”, and ended with films like “The Deal” and “The Women”. If you felt as if you haven’t seen much of Ryan in the past decade, though, that’s because there really haven’t been that many roles during that time.

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In 2009 she starred in the movie “Serious Moonlight”, and then six years later had a television movie. Her last feature film came in 2016 with “Ithaca”, which was the first movie that Ryan directed. However, the film didn’t do too well, barely reaching over 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. On television, Ryan has been on a handful of episodes of the internet series “Web Therapy”, as well as having a guest spot on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

Some point to Ryan’s interview with BBC reporter Michael Parkinson as one of the reasons why Ryan’s career hasn’t had as many roles. The interview was an awkward one that drew some criticism toward the actress. Ryan said of the interview that “I don’t even know the man. That guy was like some disapproving father. It’s crazy. I don’t what what he is to (Britains), but he’s a nut. I felt like he was berating me for being naked in a movie….I was so offended by him.” Parkinson rebutted by saying that Ryan was “rude” and a “twerp.”

There’s always been pressure on Ryan, especially after getting that “America’s sweetheart” label. “Nora (Ephron) brought (the term) back and applied it to me, which, in a way, is very nice,” Ryan said. “But then, like any name or any label, it can limit you. I don’t know if I made deliberate choices that said I don’t want to be thought of as America’s sweetheart. When I was working a lot, I made very reactive choices. I did a comedy and then I wanted to do a drama. I did a drama and then I was like, ‘Well, maybe I’ll do…’ It was very intuitive, but I’m glad that I did a big movie and a small movie, a comedy and a drama.”

Ryan’s popularity might not be as high as it was in the 1990s, but she’s still in a good place right now. She’s worth nearly $50 million and is now in a relationship with legendary singer John Mellencamp. The two also got recently engaged, which would be Ryan’s second marriage after actor Dennis Quaid, to whom she was married from 1991 to 2001. According to Mellencamp, Ryan still has the comedy chops. “(She’s) a very funny woman,” he said. “Funniest woman I ever met.”

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