The Real Reason We Don’t See Meg Ryan In Movies Anymore

Back in the ’80s and ’90s, Meg Ryan was everywhere. This actress was America’s sweetheart. We fell in love with her in rom-com after rom-com. It seemed like this woman could do no wrong. Then a series of events unfolded from which Meg Ryan just couldn’t recover.

This is a tale of infidelity, bad choices, public ridicule, and the importance of resilience. The story of Meg Ryan’s career (or now lack thereof) is one we can all learn from. Keep reading to discover what really happened to this once-beloved icon.

She Started Her Career As A Soap Star

meg ryan as small role in top gun
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

From 1982 to 1984, Meg Ryan had a reoccurring role on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Ryan played Betsy Stewart Andropoulos.

It wasn’t long before Ryan started turning her attention to even larger projects. In 1986, she played Carole Bradshaw in Top Gun. It wasn’t a huge role, but Meg Ryan’s talent shone through. Producers quickly pegged her as an actress to keep their eyes on. Her ability to stand out in such a successful film made everybody take notice.