Meg Ryan is an American actress and producer. Ryan began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982. Subsequently, she began to appear in supporting roles in films during the mid 1980s like box office hit Top Gun, achieving recognition in independent films such as Promised Land before her performance in the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... brought her widespread attention and her first Golden Globe nomination. Ryan subsequently established herself, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most successful actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s in romantic comedy films such as Sleepless in Seattle, French Kiss, You've Got Mail, Kate & Leopold, her other films include The Doors, When a Man Loves a Woman, Courage Under Fire, Addicted to Love, City of Angels, Proof of Life, The Women. In 2015, she made her directorial debut with Ithaca, a film in which she acted. Ryan was born and raised in Fairfield, the daughter of Susan Jordan, a former actress and English teacher, Harry Hyra, a math teacher.
She is of German and Polish descent. She attended St. Pius X Elementary School in Fairfield, she has two sisters and Annie, a brother, musician Andrew Hyra, a member of the band Billy Pilgrim. Her parents divorced in 1976. Ryan graduated from Bethel High School in 1979, she studied journalism as an undergraduate, first at the University of Connecticut and at New York University. During college, she acted in television commercials and the soap opera As the World Turns to earn extra money. Due to her success as an actress, she dropped out of college a semester before she planned to graduate; when she joined the Screen Actors Guild, she used her grandmother's maiden name. After her film debut in George Cukor's Rich and Famous, Ryan played Betsy Stewart in the daytime drama As the World Turns, from 1982 to 1984, her character was featured in a popular romantic story arc, she appeared in some television commercials during the early 1980s for Burger King and Aim toothpaste, among others. Several television films and smaller film roles followed, including appearances in Charles in Charge and Dangerous, Amityville 3-D and Promised Land.
In 1986, she played Carole Bradshaw, the wife of Naval Flight Officer Nick "Goose" Bradshaw in Top Gun. Ryan appeared in the film Innerspace with her future husband Dennis Quaid, in the remake of D. O. A. and in Flesh and Bone. Her first leading role was the romantic comedy film When Harry Met Sally... which paired her with comedic leading man Billy Crystal and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her portrayal of Sally Albright includes an oft-recounted scene in which her character, lunching with Crystal in Katz's Delicatessen in Manhattan, theatrically demonstrates for him how easy it is for a woman to fake an orgasm. Ryan next starred in The Doors, moderately successful, Prelude to a Kiss, which flopped; the year 1993 saw the release of the hugely successful romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which paired Ryan for a second time with Tom Hanks. They had been paired as romantic leads in the film Joe Versus the Volcano—a commercial disappointment which developed a cult following. Hanks and Ryan would be paired for a third time in the film You've Got Mail.
She was offered the role of the protagonist Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs, but rejected it due to its gruesome and violent themes. In 1994, Ryan took a role that differed from the romantic-comedy ingenue character for which she had become famous. In Luis Mandoki's When a Man Loves a Woman, a romantic social drama film starring Andy Garcia, she played an alcoholic high-school guidance counselor; the film and her performance were both well received by critics. One critic called the film "a first-class production, accentuated by fine performances and an unflinching script", another praised Ryan for her "roller-coaster role"; the film was a notable success in its domestic run, grossing $50 million in the United States alone, garnered the actress her first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. The same year, Ryan returned to type, starring alongside Tim Robbins in Fred Schepisi's romantic comedy I. Q; the film centers on a mechanic and a Princeton doctoral candidate who fall in love, with the aid of the graduate student's uncle, Albert Einstein.
Ryan won Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award, People Magazine dubbed her one of "the 50 most beautiful people in the world". In 1995, critic Richard Corliss called her "the current soul of romantic comedy"; that same year, she appeared opposite Kevin Kline in Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss, a romantic comedy that catered to her "America's Sweetheart" image, Ryan was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. In 1996, Ryan starred in the film Courage under Fire alongside Matt Damon; the following year, she voiced the lead role in the animated film Anastasia, which garnered good reviews and enjoyed box office success. She appeared opposite Matthew Broderick in Addicted to Love playing a female lead at least superficially different from her usual direction, as one of a pair of jilted lovers bent
Hello Pig is the sixth studio album by the Levellers, released in 2000 on China Records. The album was the first by the band to feature Matt Savage. "Happy Birthday Revolution" "Invisible" "The Weed That Killed Elvis" "Edge of the World" "Do It Again Tomorrow" "Walk Lightly" "Voices on the Wind" "Sold England" "Modern Day Tragedy" "Dreams" "61 Minutes of Pleading" "Red Sun Burns" "Gold and Silver"The song "61 Minutes of Pleading" is based on the death of Loraine Whiting, who bled to death over the course of an hour while on the phone to a 999 police call handler after being shot by her husband, who had shot himself dead and lay next to her. Emergency services personnel outside the property considered it too dangerous to enter, following a recent similar incident in which a gunman had forced his injured hostage to claim he was dead in order to lure emergency crews in, before shooting dead two ambulance crew members and a police officer. Levellers Mark Chadwick - guitars, vocals Charlie Heather - drums/percussion Jeremy Cunningham - bass guitar, artwork Simon Friend - guitars, mandolin Jonathan Sevink - fiddle Matt Savage - keyboard
"Here Comes the Hotstepper" is a song co-written and recorded by Jamaican dancehall artist Ini Kamoze. It was released as the lead single from his 1995 album Here Comes the Hotstepper as well as the soundtrack to the film Prêt-à-Porter, it is best known for its "na na na na na..." chorus sampled from the Cannibal & the Headhunters cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances". The song was Kamoze's only song to reach the top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking atop the chart on December 17, 1994, remaining there for two weeks, it became a number-one hit in Denmark and New Zealand and a top-ten hit in twelve other countries. John Gibbons made a remix of the song in 2018. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" contains several samples, including vocals from "The Champ" by The Mohawks, "Hot Pants" by Bobby Byrd, "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick; the song's instrumental samples the drums and bass from "Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner and guitar notes from "Hung Up on My Baby" by Isaac Hayes. The song uses the "na na na na na..." chorus from the Cannibal & the Headhunters cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances," and the verse vocal melody is reminiscent of The Beatles' "Come Together".
CD single "Here Comes the Hotstepper" "Here Comes the Hotstepper" CD maxi – Europe "Here Comes the Hotstepper" – 4:13 "Here Comes the Hotstepper" – 4:15 "Here Comes the Hotstepper" – 4:13 "Here Comes the Hotstepper" – 4:36 "Here Comes the Hotstepper" – 4:37 "Here Comes the Hotstepper" – 4:09 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics