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IN THE CUT

MEG RYAN (Frannie Avery), who is renowned for her ineffable charm in a career that has spanned a wide variety of both dramatic and comedic roles, delivers her grittiest, most exposed role to date with IN THE CUT. Most recently, she starred with Hugh Jackman in the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold, and she'll next be seen in Against the Ropes as a female boxing promoter opposite Omar Epps.

Her recent roles include Proof of Life opposite Russell Crowe; Diane Keaton's comedy Hanging Up; Nora Ephron's romance You've Got Mail with Tom Hanks, which garnered her a Golden Globe nomination; and Anthony Drazan's searing independent film version of Hurlyburly, featuring Sean Penn, Chazz Palminteri, Garry Shandling, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright Penn.

Ryan's comedic appeal was widely recognized in her Golden Globe nominated performance as Sally Allbright in When Harry Met Sally, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron. She went on to star in Nora Ephron's hit romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle opposite Tom Hanks, which earned Ryan another Golden Globe nomination.

Acclaim also has come to Ryan for several distinctive dramas, including her role as the first military woman nominated for a Medal of Honor in Courage Under Fire, co-starring Denzel Washington and directed by Ed Zwick; and her portrayal of a woman with a drinking problem in Luis Mandoki's When a Man Loves a Woman with Andy Garcia. For her performance opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Sundance Institute's Promised Land, she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Ryan has starred opposite Nicolas Cage in City of Angels, with Matthew Broderick in Addicted to Love and alongside Kevin Kline in French Kiss. Her additional film credits include I.Q., Anastasia, Innerspace, D.O.A., The Presidio, Joe Versus the Volcano, The Doors, Prelude to a Kiss, Flesh and Bone and Restoration.

A native of Fairfield, Conn., Ryan embarked on her acting career after studying journalism at New York University. She made her motion picture debut as Candice Bergen's daughter in Rich and Famous, and attracted the attention of moviegoers and critics in her 1986 performance as a fighter pilot's wife in Top Gun.

Ryan resides in Los Angeles.

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