She was once one of the top actresses in the world, and a generation-defining beauty to boot. Now, aged 61, she’s made her first public appearance in 6 months, and fans have had some horrible things to say about her “unrecognizable” new look.
Meg Ryan, the America’s sweetheart who was dubbed the “girl next door,” gained fame during the 80’s and 90’s. Landing roles in movies which are considered iconic even today, such as Sleepless in Seattle, she quickly rose to stardom and became a fan favorite actress.
Today, Ryan, who is 61, tends to stay out of the spotlight. In fact, she hasn’t been spotted anywhere for six months, until recently when she made a public appearance to lend support to friend Michael J. Fox at a screening of his forthcoming production, STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie.
The two friends posed together and were all smiles. It was obvious they had a lovely time together, but what many noticed is that Ryan looked somewhat ‘unrecognizable.’
Fans argued that the You’ve Got Mail star has undergone surgical procedures to appear younger, although she spoke of plastic surgeries before and said she hadn’t had any.
Some of the opinions shared online regarding Ryan’s looks were far from flattering.
“This is Meg Ryan,” one Twitter user commented. “Hopefully women will learn from this. Plastic Surgery is for Frankenstein.
“Meg Ryan spent thousands to make herself unrecognizable and hideous,” another added.
“Wtf has Meg Ryan done to her face?!” a third wrote.
One person wrote: “Yikes…just say no to Botox and fillers ladies. Don’t take it from me, take it from Madonna and Meg Ryan.”
In the past, Ryan has made it clear that she’s not affected by the mean comments about her. “I don’t pay a lot of attention, frankly,” she told Porter Magazine in 2015. “There’s a lot of hatred in the world today. It’s so easy to judge. Imagine being a hater, how stupid.”
The screening of Michael J. Fox’s forthcoming production was held at the Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, New York. Ryan appeared to be at good spirits as she got to meet and pose with Billy Murray and Elvis Costello, among the rest.
STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie features the Back to the Future star’s life with Parkinson’s disease.
He disclosed his condition with the public in 1998 and semi-retired from acting two years later as his health worsened. It took young Michael a lot of time to accept the reality, but he finally decided to make the best out of his life despite the struggles the disease forced him to face.
“Parkinson’s sucks, but it’s a great life, so thank you for it,” the actor said. “Pity is a benign form of abuse. I can feel sorry for myself, but I don’t have time for that. There is stuff to be learned from this, so let’s do that and move on,” he continued.
“You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s. I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it. … I’m not gonna be 80. I’m not gonna be 80.”
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