17 Fun Meg Ryan Facts: Meg Ryan Trivia
1. Meg Ryan was born in 1961, in Connecticut.
2. Her real name is Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra.
3. She stands at 5' 8" (1.73 m).
4. She was married once. She was married to actor Dennis Quaid.
5. Meg Ryan met Dennis Quaid during the making of the action/adventure/sci-fi comedy Innerspace (1987). At the time Quaid was using drugs and he quit because Meg wouldn’t be with him unless he was clean. They got married in 1991.
6. They got divorced in 2001. The rumor was that Meg Ryan left him for actor Russell Crowe, who she worked with on the drama/thriller Proof of Life (2000).
7. She has a son with Quaid named Jack Henry, born in 1992.
8. She has taken a variety of roles in movies of different genres. However her trademark genre is romantic comedy.
9. One of Meg Ryan’s most loved and critically acclaimed movies is also a romantic comedy: When Harry Met Sally (1989). The movie was directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron. Ephron’s screenplay was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. She was also nominated for Golden Globe. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal were also nominated for Golden Globes.
10. The movie’s most memorable scene is where Meg Ryan’s Sally explains to Billy Crystal’s Harry how a woman could fake an orgasm and the man wouldn’t have a clue. When Billy Crystal claims he can tell the difference, she successfully performs a very realistic “fake orgasm”- in the middle of the restaurant they are eating.
11. Nora Ephron is a screenwriter Ryan collaborates with often. Nora also wrote You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and Hanging Up.
12. She has co-starred with Tom Hanks in 3 romantic comedies: Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
13. She also starred with ex-husband Dennis Quaid three times: The movies are Innerspace, D.O.A , and Flesh and Bone.
14. She co-starred with Timothy Hutton twice, in French Kiss and Serious Moonlight. In French Kiss, Timothy was the supporting actor who left Meg Ryan for a French woman. She followed him to Paris and met Kevin Kline on the way.
In Serious Moonlight, Timothy Hutton is the leading actor. He decided to leave Meg Ryan after 13 years of marriage, for another woman. Only Meg Ryan doesn’t let him leave and imprisons him at the house. Both are romantic comedies with fun elements of crime.
15. Her male co-stars include Dennis Quaid, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Bill Pullman, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Adam Brody, Billy Crystal, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas and Justin Long, Hugh Jackman, Omar Epps, Nicolas Cage, Matthew Broderick, Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Val Kilmer, Kiefer Sutherland, John Candy.
16. She has been appearing on the screen since 1981. She was nominated for Best Actress Golden Globe three times, all 3 with romantic comedy roles: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
17. She turned down two roles in romantic films that later went on to become box office hits: She turned down the female lead in Ghost which went to Demi Moore and the lead in Pretty Woman which went to Julia Roberts.
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