The Real Reason Meg Ryan Hardly Acts Anymore — And What She Chooses To Do Instead!

From being dubbed “America’s Sweetheart” to being labeled an adulteress, then a woman scorned and ultimately, a washed-up actress, the tale of Meg Ryan’s career is a true Hollywood tragedy. By the ’90s, adorable Ryan made our hearts full as a rom-com queen, but that wouldn’t last into the new millennium. A stroke of bad luck would hit that would make Ryan’s career spiral into oblivion. So what exactly happened to her?

Meg Ryan Was A Soap Star Who Was Flying High

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At the start of her career, Meg Ryan acted in the daytime soap As the World Turns. Ryan’s character, Betsy Stewart Andropoulos, had a popular romantic story arc that would last from 1982 to 1984.

But not long after, Ryan’s career started turning up when she took the role of Carole Bradshaw in the 1986 classic, Top Gun. Though she had few scenes as the adorable wife of Goose, played by Anthony Edwards, Ryan’s potential as an actress shined. Her charm from the big screen made her an up and coming actress to keep an eye on, and many of us did.