Meg Ryan’s comedic appeal was widely recognized in her first Golden Globe-nominated performance as Sally Albright in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989), directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron. She went on to star in Ephron’s hit romantic comedy Sleepless In Seattle (1993) opposite Tom Hanks, garnering a second Golden Globe nomination. Her last collaboration with Ephron and Hanks was the 1998 romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail, which once again gained Ryan international recognition as she was awarded her third Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film.
Acclaim has also come to Ryan for her distinctive dramatic portraits, including her role opposite Denzel Washington as the first military woman nominated for a Medal of Honor in Courage Under Fire (1996), directed by Ed Zwick, and her moving portrayal of a wonderful woman with a drinking problem in Luis Mandoki’s When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), opposite Andy Garcia. For her performance opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Sundance Institute’s Promised Land (1987), she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Ryan exhibits her versatility and natural charm in every role she plays. Ryan’s recent film credits include Cheryl Hines’ Serious Moonlight (2009) penned by the late Adrienne Shelley; the remake of George Cukor’s 1930 film The Women (2008); Jonathan Kasdan’s In The Land of Women (2007) and Steven Schachter’s The Deal (2008).
Her additional film credits include: City of Angels (1998); Addicted to Love (1997); French Kiss (1995); Against the Ropes (2004); In the Cut (2003); Kate & Leopold (2001); Proof of Life (2000); Hanging Up (2000); Hurlyburly (1998); I.Q. (1994); Anastasia (1997); Innerspace (1987); My Mom’s New Boyfriend (1996); D.O.A. (1988); The Presidio (1988); Joe Versus the Volcano (1990); The Doors (1991); Prelude to A Kiss (1992); Flesh And Bone (1993); and Restoration (1995).
A Fairfield, Connecticut native, Ryan embarked on her acting career after studying journalism at New York University. She made her motion picture debut as Candice Bergen’s daughter in Rich and Famous (1981), and attracted the attention of moviegoers and critics in her 1986 performance as a fighter pilot’s wife in Top Gun.
In 2011, Ryan traveled to Cambodia with journalist Nick Kristof as part of the groundbreaking PBS documentary series, Half the Sky.
Ryan made her directorial film debut with Ithaca (2015), written by Erik Jendersen and based on the novel by William Saroyan. Ithaca was released September 2016.