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Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra (born November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut), better known as Meg Ryan, is an American actress and producer best known for her starring roles in Romantic Comedy films such as Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally..., and You've Got Mail.

For a time she was married to Dennis Quaid, and with him she has one son who is also an actor: Jack Quaid. She also has an adopted daughter, Daisy.

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  • Star-Derailing Role: Hanging Up is often regarded as this, but the movie that really seems to have pushed Ryan's career off the rails is Jane Campion's 2003 In the Cut, a dark and harrowing erotic thriller in which Ryan played a dowdy professor of English who gets involved with a NY cop played by Mark Ruffalo, notable for an extended and highly explicit sex scene and invoked a generally downbeat tone. The critic David Thomson notes that although the film isn't a masterpiece, it was a brave and imaginative one for Ryan to do, and her subsequent low profile can't be explained by the quality of her acting in it, being more like the movie industry punishing her for wanting to do something completely different from romantic comedies.note 
  • Unkempt Beauty: Ryan's characters typically sported her own artfully tussled, short, blond hair.
  • Bound and Gagged: In the movie Serious Moonlight, she plays a wife desperate to convince her husband, played by Timothy Hutton, to stay with her. However, as he is determined to leave her and live with his mistress, she knocks him out and keeps him tightly bound and gagged with duct tape for the remainder of the movie.
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