Happy Birthday Meg

Yes, today is Meg Ryan’s birthday. As you no doubt already know, I’m a huge fan of hers. I “discovered” Meg as a teenager—the way Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. Her mellifluous voice, sparkling eyes and unforgettable dimples very quickly became THE reason to watch a film. And that was before she pixied up her hair to a sizzling 10/10 on The Tinkerbell Scale.For a decade, between When Harry Met Sally… and You’ve Got Mail, Ryan reigned supreme. There really was no touching her for humour, genuine warmth, depth, great hair and dazzling kisses. Acting is all about connecting with an audience, and in that regard, Meg almost always delivered.My only regret of her career is that she never got to work with my other muse, the incandescent Michelle Pfeiffer. Not only was Pfeiffer the enveloping face of her generation, along with Ryan she harkened back to the golden age of cinema, when roles were tailored to suit the personas of the stars who were playing them.Could Pfeiffer’s talent for the withering one-liner compete with Ryan’s homespun put downs? I don’t know, but I think it would have been a match made in heaven.They could have done a comedy, they could have done drama, they could have done romance. In the end, they did it all but not together.

Happy Birthday Meg


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17 responses to “Happy Birthday Meg

  1. Lovely birthday tribute to Meg. It would be lovely if your muses teamed up one day. Were they ever rumoured to be on a joint project.. ? Is there any film you would cast them both in?

    • Thanks for joinng the party Gill. Interesting questions you pose. I don’t remember Meg and Michelle ever being seriously rumoured as co-stars. Both were linked to Thelma and Louise at various times and Ryan was reported to have signed to co-star in Pfeiffer pfilm I am Sam, the part was finally filled by her friend Laura Dern. It’s sad that Hollywood hasn’t celebrated female friendship more. I could see M&M in films like Practical Magic, Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes… In the romance genre there’s Working Girl, My Best Friend’s Wedding and going further back a young Meg Ryan would have wowed with Pfeiffer and Robert Redford in Legal Eagles. Oh and I’d have loved to seen Meg in Amanda Peet’s role as office vamp Celia in One Fine Day.

  2. So have you a double bill of meg films to watch tonight..?

  3. Great post 🙂 One of the things I love about this site is whenever you are sometimes posting pictures, we get to see the other equally beautiful hairdos of Pfeiffer and Ryan 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

  4. Ah, Meg Ryan. I too fondly remember her and that any movie with her in it was just going to be perfect. We always watched every movie of hers. No questions asked.

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