Meg Ryan celebrates turning 53.If a lifelong supporter of a football team takes exception to the judgement of a new manager, does this call their loyalty into question? If a member of a political party disagrees with an aspect of the latest manifesto, are they now a floating voter? A dissident is not a subversive. A nonconformist should not be mistaken for a revolutionary. You are fully entitled to your views about a sensitive matter now, even if they stand in contrast to those of many that you might normally stand shoulder to shoulder with.
Meg Ryan's performance in When Harry Met Sally established her as a queen of romantic comedy - a position she consolidated with roles in Sleepless In Seattle, French Kiss and You've Got Mail.
Born in 1961, Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut where she was voted "cutest" pupil by her fellow classmates in high school. Meg's father raised Meg and her three siblings, after her mother walked out from the family home, and the estrangement between mother and daughter has remained ever since.
While studying journalism in New York, Meg began taking on advertising jobs as a means of supporting herself but swiftly moved into acting and in 1985 settled in LA where, a year later, she got her big break in the massively successful Top Gun alongside Tom Cruise.
Other supporting roles followed before she landed her first starring role in Innerspace, alongside Dennis Quaid. Meg fell for her handsome co-star and the couple were wed on Valentine's Day 1991, after the tousle-haired actress helped her fiancé kick his drug problem.