Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra (born November 19, 1961) known professionally as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and film producer. After early roles in films such as Top Gun (1986) and Promised Land (1987), she achieved international recognition for her lead performance in When Harry Met Sally... (1989), which earned her her first Golden Globe nomination.
She subsequently established herself as one of the most successful actresses of the 1990s, particularly in romantic comedy films, including Joe Versus The Volcano (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), French Kiss (1995), You've Got Mail (1998) and Kate & Leopold (2001). Her other films include The Doors (1991), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Courage Under Fire (1996), City of Angels (1998) and Proof of Life (2000).
Ryan was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Susan Jordan (née Duggan), a former actress and English teacher, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. Ryan's parents were both raised in Fairfield. She has Polish, Irish, and German ancestry. "Hyra" is a Polish surname, and "Ryan" is her maternal grandmother's maiden name. She was raised a Roman Catholic and attended St. Pius X Elementary School in Fairfield. Ryan has two sisters, Dana and Annie, and a brother, the musician Andrew Hyra, a member of the former band Billy Pilgrim. Her parents divorced in 1976, when she was 15 years old...
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