Biography of Mer RyanMeg Ryan, a Hollywood actress formerly known for her luminous performances in films like "When Harry Met Sally", "Sleepless in Seattle", "French Kiss", and "City of Angels". The media proclaimed that she had crafted the image of "America’s sweetheart", a dubious accolade that Ryan brushed off like an irksome fly.
Childhood and YouthBorn Margaret Mary Emily Anne in the autumn of 1961 to Harry Hyra and Susan Hyra Jordan, she was brought up alongside her two sisters, Dana and Annie, and her brother Andrew - who later became a renowned musician and a member of the band Billy Pilgrim - in the traditions of Catholicism.
My parents divorced when I was 16. We all diverged at that point, each embarking on individual paths: my mother decided to leave my father and venture into the show business, my father resolved to preserve his lifestyle and keep in touch with us, his children. Meanwhile, we were gearing up for a different life. Essentially, we were never again together as a family, as if something that bound us together had perished.As a young woman striving to comprehend her place in the world, I found solace in books on Indian philosophy, particularly "Siddhartha," which, by her own admission, transformed everything for her. In 1979, she enrolled in the School of Journalism at the University of Connecticut, before transferring to the same program at New York University.
...For example, to write a story about the weather, I would venture to Washington Square Park and ask vagrants about their coping strategies when it rained. Their narratives were immensely interesting, and I enjoyed encountering different facets of reality.Nevertheless, acting steadily captivated Meg Ryan more and more. When she landed the role of Debbie, daughter of the lead character played by Candice Bergen in the TV series "Rich and Famous", she decided it was time to make a choice – to remain at the university and become a journalist, or to immerse herself fully into the enchanting world of cinema. It wasn’t until she successfully portrayed Betsy Montgomery in the soap opera "As the World Turns" that thoughts of a journalistic career were finally put to rest.
Film CareerRyan diligently attended auditions, initially settling for minor roles in films like "Amityville" (Lisa), "Armed and Dangerous" (Maggie), and "Innerspace" (Lydia). Eventually, producers started noticing her, and soon she was cast as Carole Bradshaw in Tony Scott’s action film "Top Gun" (1986), featuring Tom Cruise in the lead role.
The profession of an actor is often misunderstood. Its essence is not to draw attention to oneself: «Look at me, see who I am, gaze upon me!» On the contrary, it’s «Look at yourself, see who you are.This approach towards her profession subsequently helped her become one of the most renowned actresses of the 90s, creating unforgettable cinematic characters: Sally Albright in the comedic drama "When Harry Met Sally", Annie Reed in the heartfelt melodrama "Sleepless in Seattle", and Catherine Boyd in the comedy "I.Q".