Meg Ryan Biography
Meg Ryans mother had appeared on a TV commercial before working as assistant casting director in New York. As such, she supported her daughters acting lessons and career. When Meg Ryan attended New York University, she appeared in her first TV ad promoting Tickle Deodorant and a few more commercials to earn extra money. Her success in commercials gave way to her dropping out of college a few months before graduation.
In 1981, Meg Ryan received her big break in her first film, Rich and Famous. The following year, she played Betsy Steward in the daytime soap As the World Turns and continued to be a regular cast until 1984. However, it was her role in Amityville 3-D and Top Gun (opposite Tom Cruise) that truly gave her a career a jumpstart.
After appearing in a critically acclaimed independent film, The Promise Land, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award Nomination, she began her journey to a series of romantic-comedy movies in the films, D.O.A and Presdio.
Her biggest hit was when she was paired with comedic actor Billy Crystal in the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally. Meg Ryan won a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Sally Albright. Although Meg Ryan turned down leading roles in major blockbuster films like Ghost, Pretty Woman and Silence of the Lambs, she did had three successful movies with Tom Hanks Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and Youve Got Mail.
Due to her success in the romantic-comedy genre, Meg Ryan made a few attempts to break away from this stereotype. In her role as an alcoholic in the drama, When a Man Loves a Woman, and a Gulf War captain in Courage Under Fire, she proved that she is able to portray roles in just any genre available. Another top-grossing film under Ryans credits is City of Angels", which became a huge financial success worldwide.
In February 14, 1991, Meg Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid, after featuring in two films with him. They have son together, Jack Henry, who was born on April 24, 1992. However, on July 16, 2001, the couple divorced. In January 2006, Ryan adopted a daughter from China and named her Daisy True.