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November 19, 2021

18 Portraits of a Young and Beautiful Meg Ryan in the 1990s

Blond-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut. She graduated from Bethel high school, Bethel in June 1979. Moving to New York, Ryan attended New York University where she majored in journalism. To earn extra money while working on her degree, she went into acting using her new name Meg Ryan.

Ryan began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982. Subsequently, she began to appear in supporting roles in films during the mid 1980s like box office hit Top Gun, achieving recognition in independent films such as Promised Land before her performance in the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... brought her widespread attention and her first Golden Globe nomination.

In the 1990s, Meg Ryan was one of the most recognized rom-com queens. She took on major hit films like French Kiss, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and City Of Angels. On top of her notable acting that led her to countless awards and nominations, the Connecticut native’s iconic shag haircut deserves a trophy of its own. As a matter of fact, Meg Ryan’s beauty evolution includes a slew of funky, lived-in hairstyles that launched full-blown trends.


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