Meg Ryan was the girl next door in the 90s. Her blond shag haircut made her a style icon of the time and her personality made her a favorite in Hollywood. The actress, born in 1961, rose to fame for her role in the 1981 film Rich and Famous.
With such an impressive film resume, it's hard to imagine why Meg Ryan shied away from Hollywood later in life. So what happened to America's sweetheart? The truth is that Meg Ryan's love life took attention away from her career.
Meg Ryan met Dennis Quaid on the set of Innerspace and they quickly sparked a romance. They got married in 1991 and later welcomed a son and a daughter. Their marriage started to crumble and in 2000, Meg Ryan decided to get a divorce from Dennis Quaid.
Around that same time, she met Russell Crowe on the set of Proof of Life. They started dating and the timeline of their relationship led people to think they were having an affair while she was still with Dennis Quaid, which changed Hollywood's view of the squeaky-clean persona she'd cultivated from a decade of rom-com success.
After Meg Ryan's relationship drama started to overshadow her career, she distanced herself from Hollywood. Her role in the 2003 film In the Cut was met with harsh criticism and last year she said she thinks the feeling with Hollywood was mutual. She felt done when they felt done, probably.
Source: The List