Inside the life of Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan wasn’t on the big screens for long but the little time she spent turned her into an American favorite.

The blond bombshell disappeared from the big screen after 2018 and she appeared on the red carpet recently.


Meg Ryan was born in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was raised by her father Harry Hyra and mother Susan Jordan.

Meg Ryan was 15 when her parents went separate ways and her relationship with her mother never got better afterward.

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She studied journalism at the University of Connecticut and then at New York University.

Ryan dropped out of college and decided to pursue a career in acting and it didn’t take long before she started getting roles.

In 1991 Ryan got married to Dennis Quaid.

“It was like a thunderbolt,” Dennis said. “Both of us felt, ‘This is it. We’re going to be together.”

After starring in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, Ryan rose to stardom.

She appeared again in another romantic comedy success – Sleepless in Seattle, where she was praised for her performance.

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Nora Ephron told Vanity Fair in 1995, “I think her ‘cuteness’ sometimes blinds people to how genuinely gifted she is as a comic actress.”

“Meg is not perky, I always got the distinct impression that this woman is not to be messed around with.”

Ryan’s marriage to Dennis was always thought to be a fairytale, the exemplary Hollywood marriage, but from the inside, it was far from perfect.

Meg Ryan told InStyle Magazine in 2008, “It was a great story. But what wasn’t in the story was the reality of my marriage for nine years. Dennis was not faithful to me for a long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that once I was divorced.”

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Meg went on to date costar, Russel Crowe and she opened up that he wasn’t the cause of their divorce.

Ryan explained, “I think he took a big hit, but Russell didn’t break up the marriage. He was there at the end, but it wasn’t his fault. The public and the press tuned in a way after. The reasons we broke up have nothing to do with another person.”

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Meg and Dennis Quaid parted ways, but they still had a bond together, a life they brought to the world, their son.

In 2006, Ryan decided to expand her family as she was a single mother, and went on to adopt a daughter, Daisy.

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Ryan today has left the big screens and focused more on her family.

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