Meg Ryan used her blonde hair, blue eyes and effervescent personality to greatest effect in romcoms of the 80s and 90s, thus earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart.” Fame and fortune are often hard to handle, especially when it comes too early like Meg earned from a series of hits early in her career.

How rich is Meg Ryan?

She started with a role in the movie, Rich and Famous, and rose to fame playing Betsy Stewart in daytime drama, As the World Turns, from 1982 to 1984. Soon afterward, several TV and film roles followed, including Armed and Dangerous, Amityville 3-D, Promise Land, Top Gun, Innerspace and The Presidio.The 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally…, where she played the titular character of Sally Albright opposite Billy Crystal (Harry Burns) propelled her career to new heights.

Meg Ryan looking beautiful in a beautiful white dress

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Maintaining the stardom, she later starred in box office hits like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, When a Man Loves a Woman, I.Q., French Kiss and more. Meg had turned to acting in the first place to earn some money to pay for her night classes at New York University, where she was studying journalism. The actress gained unprecedented success, which turned out to be a complicated beast for her. She has candidly spoken that the pressures of being in the public eye, which prompted her to take a break from the show business. Earlier this year, talking about the matter in an onstage Q&A with Gwyneth Paltrow in Goop Health event, she said,

“You know, I never wanted to be an actress. The whole idea of being a famous person, the whole thing, I felt like a witness to. I didn’t feel exactly in it. And I think that was a really good thing. Because I felt like a student of it in a way, that I was watching it [unfold] in an anthropological way.”

Her most recent gig was 2016 movie Ithaca, which she directed and starred in. She has opted to stay out of the mainstream fame since the last decade. But, it’s not that the offers for her have dried up. Meg, who was once considered “box office gold,” moved to New York away from the spotlight.

Meg Ryan with John Mellencamp

She lives a quiet life with her adopted daughter, Daisy and rocker boyfriend, John Mellencamp. She and John, who got together in 2011, are having on and off relationship since then. She is also the mother of Jack Quaid (Hunger Games actor), born with her ex-husband, Dennis Quaid, whom she met on the set of D.O.A and was married from 1991 to 2001. From her acting career with a number of super-successful films, she has accumulated a net worth of approximately $45 million, as of 2018.


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