Meg Ryan is perhaps best known for her lead role in the 1989 flick When Harry Met Sally—who could forget Ryan’s spectacular performance in Katz’s Deli scene? While Ryan shot to fame for her string of rom-coms in the 80s and 90s, her ‘shag’ hairstyle also accrued a mass following. We had a peek into the archives, so in honor of Ryan’s FOF birthday on November 19th, we’re taking a look back at some of the less memorable Ryan looks.
This photo, from 1981, was taken in Ryan’s days on CBS’ As the World Turns. Luckily, this hairstyle did not last. The mullet-like cropped hair and lilac eyeshadow certainly do not work for us.
This still of Ryan, from the 1987 flick Promised Land, shows one of the many versions of her signature shag, and it’s certainly an improvement from her TV days.
Most of When Harry Met Sally sees Ryan with the famous shag, but in this still her hair has been swept out into Farrah Fawcett-esque waves. We’re not sure the imitation does much for Ryan, though.
Sleepless in Seattle came out 4 years after the hit When Harry Met Sally, and in that time Ryan’s hair became a bit more tame. The usually unruly mop is straightened and pulled back, and we like that her hair doesn’t cover her eyes!
Ryan starred opposite Nicholas Cage in the 1998 City of Angels. This still from the movie shows her hair shorter and dramatically curled in comparison to a few years earlier.
It’s 2000— the curls have vanished, seemingly replaced by these of-the-moment shades. We wonder if these sunglasses will ever make a comeback!
In the 2001 movie Kate and Leopold, Ryan keeps the layers in her hair but fully straightens it, creating a sleeker bob.
Ryan is almost unrecognizable in this photo—for her role as Frannie Avery in the movie in the 2003 movie In the Cut, she had to dye her hair darker, cut her bangs and keep it stick-straight. This is probably the most drastic style change, and it doesn’t stick around for long!
Fast forward to 2008, and Ryan’s hair is shoulder length, creating a more sophisticated look with soft curls. Her color doesn’t change much, as she keeps it slightly darker at the roots and the light blonde at the ends.
This photo from a few months ago shows Ryan return to the shag, though cut shorter to show off her defined cheekbones. We think it could be slightly longer—and perhaps less of that harsh makeup! Ryan should either go for a dramatic eye or bold lip, but not both.
Tell us which of Ryan’s hairstyles is your favorite!