Meg Ryan is an American actress and producer, born on November 19, 1961, in Fairfield, Connecticut. After starting her career in acting during the early '80s with minor roles, she gained prominence during the late '80s and '90s as a romantic-comedy lead actress.

In this article, we will delve into Meg Ryan's biography from her early life to present day.

Early Life and Education

Meg Ryan was born as Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra to Susan Jordan, a former teacher, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She has two siblings - Andrew Hyra and Dana Hyra.

She graduated from Bethel High School in 1979 and later attended New York University (NYU) for an undergraduate degree in Journalism but dropped out to pursue acting career full-time.

Career Beginnings

Ryan started her acting career in 1981 by appearing in One Life to Live, a television soap opera. Later she appeared in popular television shows like As the World Turns (1982–84) and Charles in Charge (1984-85).

Her big screen debut came with Rich and Famous (1981), but it was When Harry Met Sally... (1989) that put Ryan on the map as one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses. She went on to appear in several other successful romantic comedies including Sleepless In Seattle (1993), You've Got Mail (1998), and Kate & Leopold(2001).

Personal Life

Ryan had several high profile relationships throughout her life including actor Anthony Edwards and musician John Mellencamp. She married actor Dennis Quaid in 1991 after they fell in love while filming D.O.A but eventually got divorced a decade later.

She has two adopted children - Jack Henry Quaid and Daisy True Ryan.

Recent Years

During recent years Ryan appeared in a few films, such as Ithaca (2015) and Serious Moonlight (2009), but focused more on producing. She served as an executive producer on several television shows including Showtime's Web Therapy and Epix's Graves.


Meg Ryan is undoubtedly one of the most beloved actresses from Hollywood's romantic comedy genre. Her career has spanned over three decades, with countless acclaimed titles under her belt.

While she may not be as present in the big screen as she once was, Meg Ryan still remains an icon of American cinema to this day.