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Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Ann Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut on November 19, 1961.  "Peggy," as she was called, had an academically and socially rewarding high school career in Bethel, Connecticut, where she reigned as homecoming queen.  She began acting professionally while enrolled as a journalism major at NYU as a way of earning extra money.  Around that time she changed her name to Meg Ryan, and in 1981 made her movie debut in Rich and Famous as Candice Bergen's daughter.  Meg then moved to LA, where she was cast as Betsy Montgomery in the daytime TV soap As the World Turns, a role which lasted from 1982-1984.  

 

Things really began to happen for Meg Ryan after her small but memorable role as a fighter pilot's wife in the extremely successful 1986 movie Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise.  The following year she co-starred with Dennis Quaid in Steven Spielberg's Innerspace, and then again in the 1987 film D.O.A.  The two were married on Valentine's Day, 1991.  Meg Ryan became a household name with the 1989 release of When Harry Met Sally, co-starring Billy Crystal.  Success followed success with Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993), both co-starring Tom Hanks; 1994's I.Q. with Tim Robbins; and French Kiss with Kevin Kline (1995).  Ryan and Hanks appeared together again in the hugely successful You've Got Mail in 1998.  

 

Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid divorced in 2001 after ten years of marriage.  They have a son, Jack Henry, born in 1992.  Ryan's success on film did not diminish with the disappointments in her personal life.  After the success of Proof of Life (2000) and Kate and Leopold (2001), she portrayed North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen, in Against the Ropes, co-starring Omar Epps.

 

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