What Happened to Meg Ryan?
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So, what happened? How does one of the biggest box-office stars of the 90's drop off the radar like this? Was it age discrimination? Was it a poor choice of roles? Was it the death of the kind of huge romantic comedies she starred in? My gosh, this woman grossed over $1 Billion from 1993 to 1998.
Ryan did take a three year hiatus after the bomb in 2004 of Against the Ropes, but she came back in some bigger failures and now she is part of an ensemble cast for the movie, The Women, where she joined Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, and Candice Bergen in a remake of the 1939 classic. Was Ryan included in this ensemble because of lingering doubt that she can still carry a movie as the lead, or is this what's left of her career going forward?
What Happened? Let's Explore!
Age discrimination - Look at the picture of Meg Ryan today at 46. There is a photo of her today down below. Is she still as sexy as she was in the 90's? Some say that the facial surgery she had made her look different and that she now looks older and not as sweet as she once did. Do women face age discrimination more than men. Tom Hanks looks older than he did but he still commands big bucks for some very good movies. Ryan does not..
Poor choice of roles - Ryan's last big winner was the 1998 film You've Got Mail (Deluxe Edition)and then she started taking on different kinds of roles. Is this what did her in? Following up You've Got Mail in 1998 with the sci-fi romantic comedy Kate and Leopold in 2001, she completely changed gears with Proof of Life. She appeared nude on In the Cut (R-Rated Edition) and simulated oral sex with Mark Ruffalo, and the aforementioned Against the Ropes in which she played a female boxing promoter was just terrible.
Actors do take risks as they get bigger but these were not all horrible films. Maybe they just did not strike a chord with the viewing public. Maybe they went up against other films that hit big and people just did not want to spend their money on these.
The death of the respectable romantic comedy - There have not been many of the romantic comedies like the ones Meg Ryan did with Tom Hanks, such as Sleepless in Seattle (10th Anniversary Edition) and You've Got Mail, but the lack of these kinds of movies would not normally keep a huge star from going on, so it really can't be this one that has unhinged her career.
Poor personal choices - Some people think that Meg Ryan's alleged affair with Russell Crowe while she was still married to Dennis Quaid led people to see her in a new light and one that they did not like. Many people right here in the comments section claim that they quit liking her when news of her affair were made public. The only problem with this argument is that the affair was not one sided. Russell Crowe was a part of it too, and like Tom Hanks, he still makes big movies and commands big money. Of course, some say that the double standard applies here as well as it does with age discrimination.
So, what do I think? I really can't say. I think she picked some bad films and the 3 year hiatus took her out of sight and when a celebrity leaves the limelight, it can be hard for them to return.
If you still love Meg Ryan as much as I do, you might want to check out the Amazon portal below to see some of her best and maybe some of her worst films. Enjoy!
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Ryan was married to Dennis Quaid for 10 years but allegedly had an affair with Russell Crowe and soon after broke with Quaid. Many people claim that her affair and her plastic surgery, that many say was not successful, are the two reasons she has fallen out of the spotlight. You can see a recent photograph of Meg Ryan and see if you agree with those that say she has lost her girl next door looks that helped her become the darling of the movies during the 1990's.
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