|Meg Ryan's tinseltown mansion is now for sale: $11 million.|
Which brings TPC to Meg Ryan. In the nineties, she couldn't make a mistake, with Time magazine calling her the "soul of romantic comedy." There were three films with Tom Hanks (the cultish JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO, and hits SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, YOU GOT MAIL.) There was WHEN HARRY MET SALLY with Meg as Sally and the iconic phrase, "I'll have what she's having." She also tried to stretch herself by playing an alcoholic in WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN, and a helicopter pilot in the 1996 Gulf War drama, COURAGE UNDER FIRE where she was surrounded by the likes of Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, and Lou Diamond Phillips. (The projectionist and the popcorn lady remember seeing that film in Weymouth, England one night after meandering through villages along the Dorset coast.)
And now Meg Ryan is no longer offered starring parts. Tom Hanks is, despite flop after expensive flop (LARRY CROWNE, CLOUD ATLAS). So why is Hanks starring and Ryan scratching?
Not that it should matter but Hanks married actress Rita Wilson in 1988 and their union endures. Ryan married Randy Quaid, her co-star in D.O.A. and INNERSPACE on Valentine's Day, 1991 but only after he agreed to stop using cocaine. Not a good start. Then, after a very public affair with Russell Crowe while filming PROOF OF LIFE, they had an even more public messy divorce.
|The new, improved Meg Ryan.|
So strike two. Oh, and about IN THE CUT. It was a hard R, semi-pornographic, and involved a great deal of nudity and explicit oral sex with co-star Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo survived, but Ryan, who was still (barely) America's sweetheart, drew gasps from her fans. It was one thing to fake an orgasm comedically in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY but another entirely to do it for real.
Audience recoiled and Meg's reign as a highly-paid movie star was effectively over. Today, Ms. Ryan gets ensemble parts, not starring ones, and not ones with big paychecks.
Let's hope she saved some of her money, TPCers.
The answer to yesterday's trivia question is LILIES OF THE FIELD. Today, in what television soap opera did Meg Ryan get her start in 1982?