Meg Ryan: Career, relationship, children, awards, net worth

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America is one of the countries of that world that is blessed with so much talent in movie acting; these actors try to change their world through acting. One of the finest American actors and actresses contributing to changing the world is Meg Ryan.

What do you know about the American actor Meg Ryan? In this article, you are going to learn about who Meg Ryan is, her career trajectory, her relationship, children, awards she has won, and the money she has made over the course of her career in movie acting.

Who is Meg Ryan?

Meg Ryan
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Meg Ryan was born on November 19, 1961.

She is an American actress and producer.

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Meg Ryan began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982.

Subsequently, she began to appear in supporting roles in films during the mid 1980s like box office hit Top Gun, achieving recognition in independent films such as Promised Land (1987) before her performance in the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally… (1989) brought her widespread attention and her first Golden Globe nomination.

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Ryan subsequently established herself, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most successful actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly in romantic comedy films such as Sleepless in Seattle (1993), French Kiss (1995), You’ve Got Mail (1998), and Kate & Leopold (2001).

Her other films include The Doors (1991), Anastasia (1997), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Courage Under Fire (1996), Addicted to Love (1997), City of Angels (1998), Proof of Life (2000), and The Women (2008).

In 2015, she made her directorial debut with Ithaca, a film in which she also acted.

Meg Ryan personal life

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Ryan was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Susan Jordan (née Duggan), a former actress and English teacher, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher.

Her father has Polish ancestry.

She was raised Catholic and attended St. Pius X Elementary School in Fairfield.

Meg Ryan has two sisters, Dana and Annie, and a brother, musician Andrew Hyra, a member of the band Billy Pilgrim.

Her parents divorced in 1976 when she was 15 years old.

Ryan graduated from Bethel High School in 1979.

She studied journalism as an undergraduate, first at the University of Connecticut and then at New York University.

During college, she acted in television commercials and the soap opera As the World Turns to earn extra money.

Her success as an actress led her to leave college a semester before she planned to graduate.

When she joined the Screen Actors Guild, she used the surname “Ryan”, her grandmother’s maiden name.

Meg Ryan career

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After her film debut in George Cukor’s Rich and Famous, Ryan played Betsy Stewart in the daytime drama As the World Turns, from 1982 to 1984, and her character was featured in a popular romantic story arc.

She also appeared in some television commercials during the early 1980s for Burger King and Aim toothpaste, among others.

Meg Ryan relationship

On February 14, 1991, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, also and actor, got married.

Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid had a son, Jack Quaid, a year after their marriage.

Meg and Quaid had lived together for quite a long time, unfortunately, their journey ended when they announced that they were separating from each other in 2000. Their divorced was then finalized in 2001, and that ended their love affair.

Meg Ryan children

Meg Ryan
Meg and children | Image source: Jack Henry Photostream, Pinterest

Meg Ryan has only one biological child as of now, Jack Quaid, whom she gave birth to while sharing a home woth former husband, Dennis Quaid.

Meg Ryan has another child, a 14-month-old girl from China whom she adopted in 2014 and named her Daisy True Ryan.

So Meg has two children, one biological, and the other adopted.

Meg Ryan awards

For her efforts and contributions to the Hollywood, Meg Ryan has received multiple awards and nominations throughout her career including three Golden Globe award nominations for Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her performance in such romantic comedies as When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998).

Some of her honours include:

  • 1989: Honored as the Female Discovery of the Year with Pauline Collins by the Golden Apple Awards.
  • 1994: Recognized as the Woman of the Year during the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
  • 1995: Honored with the Crystal Award during the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.
  • 1999: Honored with Anjelica Huston, Susan Sarandon & Amy Pascal during the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards with the Icon Award presented to her by Elle magazine.
  • 1999: Recognized as the Actress of the Year by the ShoWest Convention.
  • 2006: Nominated – EDA Special Mention Award for Actress Most In Need of a New Agent by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.
  • 2008: Received the Francois Truffaut Award during the Giffoni Film Festival.
  • 2015: Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Savannah Film Festival.
  • 2018: Received the Leopard Club Award during the Locarno International Film Festival.

Meg Ryan net worth

For her efforts, Meg Ryan has made a lot of money over the years.

As of 2021, Meg Ryan’s net worth is approximately $85 million.


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