Guess who’ll be celebrating tomorrow? Yes, it’s erstwhile faerie princess Meg Ryan who’s the birthday girl, riding the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius.In the years between When Harry Met Sally… and You’ve Got Mail, Meg proved that she really was Addicted To Love. Her radiant cuteness was the rightful monarch of all it surveyed, although Maggie was not alone. There was another.After delivering one of my favourite ever performances, in 1989 as Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Michelle Pfeiffer became the go-to girl of the nineties, the epitome of cinematic beauty and the keeper of my fool heart.Meg and Michelle. Femme Fatale Vs. Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Together they defined a cinematic trope for a full decade; the ultimate status symbols onto which their male co-stars, and the viewer, could project their own fantasies.We’re in 2017 now. Massive numbers of movies both old and new now coexist in the same ecosystem. Pfeiffer and Ryan need no longer engage in a talent-off. Their films can sit side by side on the same DVD shelf, be streamed by the same service, or even be blogged about by some nostalgic, overly sentimental fan.In all seriousness, Meg Ryan gave much so much cinematic pleasure back in the day. One minute she’d be a pixie-ish, brazen antidote to Michelle; the next, a heap of satin-voiced vulnerability. Every new Meg Ryan movie was an event, a gift from the movie gods, and I owe her a heartfelt thanks for the memories.Just for fun, on the eve of her special day, recast Meg in a Michelle Pfeiffer pfilm and Michelle in a Meg Ryan movie! Any role, any film, any genre.
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