Star: Meg Ryan is in dire financial straits & heartbroken over John Mellencamp

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Meg Ryan made a lot of money back in the 1990s. She wasn’t quite at, like, Julia Roberts-level paychecks, but my guess is that Meg did make enough to live comfortably for the rest of her life. Plus, she doesn’t seem like she spends crazy money on real estate or art or weird projects that go nowhere, you know? She mostly keeps a low profile and I think she lives full-time in New York now. Still, Star Magazine says there’s trouble. They claim Meg is almost broke AND she’s devastated following her breakup with John Mellencamp, who recently went on a very public date with Christie Brinkley. Crusty love is not just dead… it’s dead-broke.

In her 1980s-90s heyday, Meg Ryan was one of the most successful and beloved actresses in the world. Romantic-comedy hits like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally launched the perky blonde to the top of Hollywood’s A-list, and earned her the mantle of America’s Sweetheart. But in a dramatic reversal of fortune, Meg’s current situation appears dismal. Her career has been sinking for more than a decade, and insiders say she’s burned through most of the money that she earned in her glory days.

“Meg hasn’t been sensible with her finances over the years,” explains a source close to the actress. “And now she’s gotten to the point where she’s reaching dire straits.”

Despite her career slump, Meg found happiness with John Mellencamp in 2010—until their relationship took a turn for the worse in 2014 when living in different states and busy touring schedules caused them to split. When John won her back by calling Meg “a beautiful girl” and claiming he “will never, ever, ever be with a funnier girl than her,” the line that likely had Meg running back to him in March 2015 was John saying, “She’s an angel sent to me, and you know, nothing’s over till it’s over.”

But by spring of 2015, the duo sprang back together, but called it quits once more in June. That registered to Meg that they were on another break due to another rough patch—that was until Meg saw photos of John, 63, and supermodel Christie Brinkley, 61, out on a date Sept. 14—leaving Meg heartbroken and alone, with nowhere to turn for support.

“Meg was shocked when she found out John was dating Christie. She broke down and cried, ‘I’m so humiliated! We were talking marriage!’” a source reveals to Star.

And that’s not all, John took Christie out just a few blocks from Meg’s New York City apartment—after she’d spent years trying to convince him to relocate for her. “That was a slap in the face. She loves him so much, and it’s really hurting her to know he would treat her like this,” the insider adds. “Meg is furious and heartbroken.”

[From Star Magazine]

I’m not sure what I believe. Like, it really did feel like Mellencamp’s date with Christie Brinkley came out of nowhere, especially since the last we heard, he was still with Meg. Perhaps the public date was designed to “get back” at Meg for something, or to let Meg know that it was really over. So, I’ll buy that Meg is probably hurt by John’s actions, perhaps even devastated. I’m not sure what to believe about the money stuff though. It’s true that Meg really hasn’t worked much, and her attempt at some kind of comeback on TV fell flat. She’s just directed a movie, Ithaca, so maybe something will happen there. For what it’s worth, an “insider” told Gossip Cop that Meg’s finances are just fine and she “has always been super smart with investing her money and has done extremely well with her real estate transactions.” Of course, the insider also claims that Meg and John were done a year ago, despite all of the evidence that they broke up last year and got back together very quickly, so whatever.

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  1. Armenthrowup says:

    Her plastic surgery seems to have settled a bit and she looks very pretty. Hope the money thing isn’t true, that sucks.

  2. Palar says:

    She could have spent all that money on really really bad surgery….

    • evermore says:

      The sad thing is a lot of these actresses when they hit 37, 38, 40 Agents, Managers start telling them maybe a little tweek here or there will give them more career longevity for roles. Then After they do it and it’s a mess, the Agents,Managers can’t get them work looking like that so they back off.

      I wish Meg the best. She seems like a ok lady. Maybe she should go back to tv…..even nighttime Soaps.

      • Naya says:

        Assuming shes keen on steady acting work (she may not be), then TV is the place to do that. Its not a step down these days, most her peers who still work are now TV. And I bet Mindy Kaling would happily write her into The Mindy Project as some kind of meta wink. Isnt Mindy Lahiri on the look out for a female bff?

    • Snappyfish says:

      I think she looks like a lovely alien. I do love the black lace & the neckline is beautiful

  3. Kate says:

    I could see her having money troubles. Her career really nosedived over a short period of time, and none of her ‘comebacks’ have even made an impression. If she kept living how she was when she was an A-list actress instead of significantly downsizing I expect she’d be having problems right about now. You don’t have to be living a outwardly lavish lifestyle to burn through a ton of money.

    • Junior says:

      I agree with Kate – it was a short, quick decline for Meg after her affair with Russell Crowe. But the sad fact is, “cute” doesn’t age very well, for men or for women. “Cute” works okay up until age 30 or maybe 35 if you really stretch it, and then “brainy” or “stunning” or “interesting” or even “talented” has to take over, as Streep, Dench, Mirren, Blanchett, Viola Davis and other older actresses will testify. For whatever reason, Meg never made the transition.

      • evermore says:

        Exactly!

      • Montrealise says:

        Agree. The only actress I can think of who successfully made the transition from cute to serious is Sally Field.

      • evermore says:

        Goldie Hawn had a pretty good decades run,60′s , 70′s,80.s90.s 00 but she stayed in comedy mostly.
        First Wives Club, etc,

      • Naya says:

        Diane Keaton was queen of quirky cute and she had career longevity. It’s never as simple as just “oh her looks killed her career”. Lots of other factors in play.

      • captain says:

        Have you seen Doors? Meg is incredibly talented, but she can’t be a movie actress with this face.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Yes Junior,

        She was never able to overcome the scandal of having an affair with Crowe while being dubbed “America’s Sweetheart,” after all, that wasn’t very “sweetheart” like, was it? How the heck Julia Roberts has managed to survive all the scandal and negative stories about her while being, barf, please excuse me, barf “America’s Sweetheart,” is beyond me. She must be way more intelligent, cunning and ruthless than Ryan, perhaps that may be why she has managed to still have a career. Either that, or she has some dirt on some really powerful people in Hollywood. But ,I digress…

        The other issue is, that Ryan is a one trick pony. Her acting skills were limited at best, and Rom Coms can only one take one so far. You have to be able to morph yourself and your career into something else in order to survive.

        Finally, as for Mellencamp, even though I kind of like him, he is a three strike and you’re out divorcee. There have always been rumors of his alcoholism, cheating and volatile nature. So, I am not surprised that he may have callously moved on with Brinkley while still giving Ryan hope. Brinkley better watch out, she hasn’t had the best of luck in picking partners either.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I agree with the “You don’t have to be living a outwardly lavish lifestyle to burn through a ton of money” especially in NY. My guess is she’s been renting all this time, not buying a home or condo. That can kill even a large nest egg in a short time. I also wonder what she spent on plastic surgery.

      She looks better than she did for a while, but she still looks highly plastic and abnormal, so I don’t think she’d be able to get any roles requiring regular looks.

      As far as men, she has a penchant for hooking up with “bad boys” and then getting burned. She is cute and quirky – always will be, but there’s no longevity for cute and quirky with men who tend to be attracted to model-type women. I dont’ get why she keeps trying to tame wild guys who have women drooling over them at every turn. I don’t think Mellencamp is necessarily hot these days, but I’m sure there are hundreds, if not thousands of women, who would jump in the sack with him just to say they did. She knew Quaid was a douche. She knew Crowe was a douche. I dont’ know that Mellencamp is a cheater or a douche, but the coupling was odd and he’s never been with anyone of her ilk. It’s hard to feel sorry for her because she pretty does it to herself. I don’t even know that I beleive she’s devestated by this. Maybe hurt and embarrassed, but devestated? I kinda doubt it.

  4. Barrett says:

    She was so well loved by America, but we want her to look like herself. It’s distracting to have someone in a lead role who looks like a plastic surgery “joker”. She got in the way of her own comeback.

    She never saw her true beauty staring back in the mirror, she was blessed.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      BARRETT totally agree. The plastic surgery killed her career. She’s looking OK, but nothing like her previous self, so where does that leave her? Hollywood has no need for an aging former cutie pie who looks strange. She’s like a cautionary tale for starlets.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Completely agree. She did this to herself, and it’s sad. She was so beautiful and now she’s unrecognizable and strange looking. She never got another significant role after her botched surgery.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yes I think her career could have lasted longer if she didn’t mess with her face. She looks ok but she doesn’t look like Meg Ryan. She looks like random ok looking lady you see in the streets. She should follow Sally Field’s lead. Don’t overdo the surgery and grow old gracefully. The lips are distracting.

    • captain says:

      Isn’t there something they can do to fix at least her nose? Or to downsize the lips back to their normal form? I mean they do make sometimes noses smaller, why not hers? It is just so wrong that she has to live with this face that’s not hers.

    • Belle says:

      I agree. Given the roles she was playing, the sort of girl-next-door sweetheart type, she could have transitioned into a more mature version and kept her career alive.

      But she got surgery. And fillers. And duck lips.

      Her naturally cute/pretty look would have (I think) aged well. Laugh lines on a cute face can be quite charming and would have been in-keeping with her girl-next-door image. Now she just looks fake and alien-esque.

      • Stephanie says:

        The Botox and fillers are an easy problem to fix: you just stop doing them and in time, they go away. If she has had work like a facelift or has her eyes done, you just have to wait for that to settle but there’s no going back after that. Same with nose work. Subtle tweaks are one thing but she changed SO MUCH.

    • Maria A. says:

      She would have been fine without the surgery. I wish more women would leave their faces alone.

  5. Luca76 says:

    Well I hope it’s not true. I’ll always have a soft spot for her eventhough it’s a bit painful to look at her now. I remember way back when she was Betsy on As the world Turns and just so pretty and seemed so wholesome and nice. It’s a little tragic the way her career went south.

  6. Nancy says:

    Another tale of woe of a cute girl who morphed herself into the Joan Rivers lane. Christie does seem like a strange pairing with John Mellencamp, but then again she did marry Billy Joel. When Harry met Sally he envisioned them for life until she took to the knife.

  7. bitter truth says:

    Her money troubles are belivable though I don’t her lifestyle. I can picture Angelina having money troubles caused by lifestyle-jetting around the world, nannies, tutors, mansions, hotels, PR agency will suck her dry soon now that she looks as she does

    • Luca76 says:

      And somehow all roads lead back to Angelina??not sure why but they always do.

      • Maya says:

        She is the queen of Hollywood and the haters just can’t stand that.

        People name drop her constantly, last year her two movies earned almost 1 billion at the boxoffice just because her and her career is going from strength to strength.

        Plus she has the equally gorgeous, talented and the King of Hollywood as her adoring husband.

    • Algernon says:

      What an odd comment.

      • belle de jour says:

        Flowers for you. And you can’t imagine how many times I have thought exactly the same while reading some of the comments on this board.

    • ChimChim says:

      Hello, bitter truth? Pay attention. The rest of us are talking about Meg Ryan.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      And AJ has to do with this how/why? And bagging on her looks to boot, which BTW, is ridiculous. Whatever. Haters gonna’ hate.

  8. Josephine says:

    Not saying it’s true, but the paychecks back then, especially for female actors, were not nearly as outlandish as they are now, so it wouldn’t be shocking that the money is running low. I think she could have more work than she does now, though, so I doubt she’s desperate. I think she semi-retired to raise her daughter, and she doesn’t at all strike me as someone who ran through money.

    • Junior says:

      It’s hard to downsize your lifestyle, whether you’re an ordinary human or a movie star. If she kept living at big paycheck level when there were no more big paychecks, that could cause problems.

      • Josephine says:

        But I don’t think she ever had a huge lifestyle, and she doesn’t strike me as someone who needed the huge lifestyle. She’s been private and modest in most everything, even at the height of her fame.

    • Algernon says:

      At her peak in the late 1990′s/early 2000′s, she was getting $10-15 million per movie. Meg was one of the highest paid actresses for several years. She didn’t join the $20 million club, that’s true, but she probably could have if she hadn’t fallen off the face of the earth following the 1-2 combo of a scandalous affair and bad plastic surgery. (Her stumble opened the door for Sandra Bullock, though.)

      And for the record, actor salaries in the 1980′s – 2000′s were *crazy*. Way more people got $20 million per movie, with some actors, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, getting $50 million. That’s all up front, btw, that’s not even getting into whatever bonus deals they had. Mid-range actors got around $10 million per movie. Lower end or up and coming actors got $5 million on average. I’ve talked to character actors, people who you’d recognize but probably won’t know their name, who said they regularly got $1-2 million per movie before the economy tanked. Now all those figures have basically been cut in half, with far fewer people in the $20 million club, and many of the people who do get those kinds of deals find the money spread out over multiple pictures as part of franchise deals. Back end compensation has become so important over the last decade because the up front salaries have gone down, and this is also why we see so many celebs branching out with lifestyle products, liquor brands, and fashion contracts (which in turn squeezed out the supermodels). They have to hustle a lot harder these days because the insane salaries of the 1990s are gone.

      • FingerBinger says:

        A $20 million paycheck didn’t become a regular thing until the mid to late 90s. Jim Carrey was the first actor to get $20 million. Nobody was getting that much before then.

      • zinjojo says:

        Great information, Algernon. I thought this was the case, that the pay days before the early 2000′s were huge and had been cut way back since then.

      • Chinoiserie says:

        Alergon, I agree, stars used to be much bigger draws in the 90s and were paid outrageous amounts too. Now franchises are the main draws and stars do not get nearly as much. Inflation is the only thing that makes current salaries look even close to what stars used to make. There are select few who get paid much for some roles like Depp for Pirates and Downey for Iron Man but even they do not get that much in other roles.

      • Josephine says:

        50 million? Not sure where you are getting those facts. Certainly IMDB has nothing even close to those numbers for Arnold or Bruce. They are making 20-30 now, but not back in the day, and I didn’t see anything even near 50. Bruce hit 20k in 2000.

        And comparing the numbers for Bruce and Arnold’s huge blockbusters were they were *the* named star to Meg’s rom-coms is off the mark in any event.

      • Algernon says:

        @ Fingerbinger

        Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger both had $20 million deals in 1996 (Cable Guy and Eraser, respectively), but inflation plays a role. Arnie got $10 million for Kindergarten Cop in 1990, which is over $20 million in today’s money. He got $15 million for Terminator 2 in 1991, which is almost $30 million today (and none of this is touching on whatever bonus deals those guys had in place). The top action guys in the late 80′s and in the 90′s were getting $10-15 million on the regular, which is $20-30 million range today. Then in 96 it kicked into high gear with $20 million deals, which is just stupid money by today’s standards. The paydays don’t look as big on paper, but they were getting *paid* back then.

      • Algernon says:

        @ Josephine

        All you’ll see on IMDB is the up front salary, assuming it was ever made public, but they also got back-end compensation. There’s a story people tell about Keanu Reeves going into The Matrix in the late 1990′s and wanting a “Schwarzenegger deal”, which meant an eight-figure salary plus double-digit back end compensation, which he got (I think he made like $30-40 million on the first Matrix). The thing none of this touches on are the performance bonuses they got *on top of* everything else, which is where the rumors come from. Back end deals are usually tied to net and/or gross profits, and sometimes to certain benchmarks, like an additional half-percent or even whole percent points if the movie earns more than, say, $200 million, so that the back-end pay out “steps up” as the movie earns more and more (RDJ’s deal is like that). But then there are performance bonuses, like if your movie is the top-grossing movie in China, you get +$1 million in addition to everything else you’re already getting, etc etc. Those guys back then saw their movies becoming big hits in foreign territories, or selling millions of copies on home video, and they weren’t getting paid for it. So the performance bonus was born, and even today that remains a shady topic with little real information getting out into the world. The first performance deal I’ve heard of in a long time is RDJ getting additional bonus money for Captain America: Civil War if it outperforms The Winter Soldier. Actors make money on top of money.

        And Julia Roberts was making around $15 million at the height of her rom-com popularity in the late 1990′s, so it is comparable. Those paychecks were possible with rom-coms back then.

      • Bridget says:

        Okay, so you’re counting in “today” money. Makes way more sense. Though the women made significantly less – when Jim Carrey was making $20 million as the record breaking top salary, Demi Moore was making a record breaking $12 million for Striptease that same year. And she had to show her boobs.

        And I actually agree with the assertion that actors made more money in the 90s. There were more mid-level movies made, and a lot more movies were made and marketed based on someone’s star power.

      • Algernon says:

        @ Bridget

        Yeah, I’m looking at the inflated amounts, which taking that into consideration, those mid-nineties $20 million deals were nearly $50 million today, I think. You *never* see that now, not for one movie. RDJ will get $50 million, but it’s spread over 2-3 movies. It was just insane back then, how much money everyone made. It puts into perspective why they all have secondary careers as lifestyle gurus or master distillers. And the wage gap was and is real.

      • Bridget says:

        I agree, you don’t see that kind of money anymore. And for good reason, as very few stars sell tickets based on their name alone.

        I don’t personally wonder why they all endorse stuff or have secondary careers, because those paychecks may look great on paper but they have to pay taxes and all sorts of percentages to the various folks that make their business run. That $20 million takes home maybe $5 million. A lot of money, but not $20 million dollars.

        As an adult, it really bothers me that not only did Demi Moore make 60% of what Jim Carrey made, but had to take off her clothing and play a stripper to do so. What the hell.

  9. vauvert says:

    I really hope that she is not having money troubles. Given all the movies she made, I would hope she invested wisely and is comfortably off. All the rest…. Who knows. She may be heartbroken over John or not, and just because he went out once with Christie it doesn’t mean he is about to pop the question to her. For all we know it was a ploy to make Meg jealous, or they were simply having a high profile date for pap kicks.
    I think the surgery is not what caused her career decline, but the opposite, she hit the age when she couldn’t be the romantic interest anymore, the roles dried up, she thought tweaking would give her a few more years and down the rabbit hole she went. Too bad because I adored her, and she was so pretty. But didn’t the same happen to a whole bunch of 80-90s actresses? Kim Basinger, Melanie Griffith, Goldie Hawn… Ladies who were really beautiful or funny or talented or a combination of all, and then nothing. Very few women managed to go on past 40 and make the transition.

    • Manjit says:

      Did you see Proof of Life? Apart from her lips her face was completely frozen. She started off over-doing the botox and then went even further with the surgery. Her face had always been so expressive, she just wasn’t the same Meg Ryan everyone had loved watching.

      • Lurker says:

        For some reason I like that movie, and she’s the worst part of it. Everyone else was good and she was phoning it in. And not wearing a bra in any scene.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Also the remake of “The Women” which I did like the move – the remake, but her face was so paralyzed during the crying scene with Annette Benning (who is amazing!) was so bizarre. She’s trying to cry, but her face can’t move, so it’s all this weird warped pain look. And her neck compared to her face was really disturbing. I got past it enough to watch and even enjoy the movie, but I thought then, her career is over – she’s ruined herself. I look at Annette Bening who has aged naturally and she isn’t as beautiful as she used to be, but she is able to play regular female roles easily. I just saw her in a movie about a woman who gave up her daughter (Naomi Watts) for adoption and how it affected both of them. It was fantastic. Annette was fantastic and she looks like any other non-hollywood woman her age.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I do believe Meg is having money problems. Movie star lifestyles are very expensive – mansions, travel, nannies, security. She hasn’t had a big paycheck since 2002. Hollywood turned it’s back on her because she cheated on Dennie Quaid. It’s such a double standard because actors cheat ALL the time and keep on getting the big money. Being an aging actress in Hollywood sucks!

    • evermore says:

      I was listening to someone on a gossipy radio show, who supposedly knew Meg professionally but also knew some aspects about her private life and after All the big successes she had ,she totally thought she was invincible as far as stardom and being a bankable, favorite actress of film goers. She really thought the cheating thing on Dennis Quaid wouldn’t do damage to her.

      She also thought she was going to be Mrs. Russell Crowe according to rumours back in the day and thought it was a done deal, but he dumped her. When he dumped her, she was really shocked, she really thought she could pull anyone she wanted, it shook her confidence, then more movie bombs and not being popular with audiences (also public through the divorce from Dennis) just was foreign territory to her.
      Not being successful and popular is something Meg just didn’t understand. She went into a downward spiral emotionally.

      Also the person said at her height Meg was getting offers for commericial endorsements, cosmetics companies, etc, everything under the sun, she could pick and choose, but she turned a lot of lucrative comemricial offers down which would have brought millions more outside of her film acting.

      • sills says:

        Very interesting stuff, esp. about commercial endorsements. That can be a great way to build up a nest egg on the side. Sounds like she has some regrets today.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Dennis Quaid cheated on her too but not with anybody famous, so I don’t understand why the punishment for her but not him – other than her cheating didn’t fit with her image. I guess it’s okay for the bro’s.

    • Neah23 says:

      Your assuming she has been still living like a movie star and that she had/has no investments.

    • The other paige says:

      She hasn’t had a big paycheck in years it’s true BUT, if she invested even in the most conservative stocks 30 years ago when she was getting big, for that time pay checks, she’s fine.

    • Bridget says:

      The Russel Crowe thing was an embarrassment, but I’d say the bad work she had done to her face did far more damage to her career. Meg did a lot of movies that weren’t pretty great over her career, but her own personal charm went a long way to carry off the movies. When she changed her face it became hard to watch her, and then you were stuck with the crappy movie she made. And then she had the bad luck of having her scandal hit when she was already rounding the bend toward 40 (unlike a Julia Roberts and her multitude of scandals).

      Also, never forget that Dennis Quaid constantly cheated on Meg during her marriage. He’s a pretty nasty piece of work as a person.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        Is that true about DQ? Ugh I hate knowing this bc he seems so lovely and perfect..that’s the movies for you. I feel like a blushy teenager when I see him on screen, sigh. I want his looks/charm/persona to be real, single and about 30 yo living in my city and find me lol

      • Bridget says:

        It’s not exactly a coincidence that he and his current wife have broken up and reconciled several times.

    • Cam says:

      I might be wrong but I’m fairly sure that Meg said she’d dumped Russell and not the other way round. And she definitely suggested that Dennis Quaid had cheated on her during their marriage anyway.

  11. Stacey says:

    Her face, her face. This woman just ruined herself with fillers and way too much Botox. She’s all Botox-shiny and puffy from facial fillers. She looks like a puffer fish. So sad.

  12. evermore says:

    Meg’s cache’ or image was cute, likeable, young woman next door. I wonder if she was having trouble parlaying that into more mature roles after she hit 40′s? So she tried to hold onto young cute, with surgery, but it ruined her look. Now she looks like all the other Botoxed blonde actresses or reality stars. I swear I thought it was Brandi Grandville, Bev.HillsHwives, at first.

    Meg is still attractive, but she just doesn’t look like Meg, the Meg we knew, from the films we all knew. She needs to STOP with ALL of the fillers and let her old face come through. I saw a photo of Renee Z. the other day, and she actually looks like her old self again. A mature Renee Z, but like herself. I think she stopped with the fillers and tox.

    Does anyone know if she got a settlement from Dennis Quaid?

    Meg should do tv, good tv on HBO, AMC, etc,

  13. Jayna says:

    “She broke down and cried, ‘I’m so humiliated! We were talking marriage!’” a source reveals to Star.” LOL

    Meg is so, so private and guarded. Does anybody really think she would share that she is heartbroken and has nowhere to turn? Her circle of confidants is I’m sure very small, someone she is very close with to share very private feelings, who is someone like a sister or a best friend for years, who is not going to spill this to a gossip rag. She’s been around too long to have stuff like this out.

    I call it a bogus, made-up story. No one knows how or why they ended. She has a little girl, Daisy, to focus on and who is a priority.

  14. Jen says:

    How on earth does he snag models? Yes, I know she’s retired, but still!!! He’s got zero class, not good looking (never has been, IMO) and he always looks really surly. I mean, history has proven that Christie’s normal meter is broken or at least severely damaged, but for the love of all that’s holy…

    • Nancy says:

      It’s not like he’s getting a young model. She’s at least 60 and has been married four or five times. He was cute in the Jack and Diane days. Even older people want to be in love, so there you go!

    • Christin says:

      Didn’t a judge basically tell Christie that her relationship judgment was likely a problem, given her history? She’s very pretty, but I have a feeling she is not exactly an ‘angel’, as John described Meg.

      My guess is that everything is light and smiles, then it gets dark quickly, if things don’t go exactly so-so. Good luck with that, JM.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      Reminds me of the Sean Penn stuff we always read about..gross old grumpy man snagging the most beautiful women…like how? Ughh

  15. NUTBALLS says:

    I hope it’s not true. When Harry Met Sally is still my all-time favorite rom-com and a movie I can quote all the way through like Princess Bride. It never fails to lift me out of the doldrums I am in. Their observations about relationships are timeless and true.

    She, Billy, Nora and Rob gave the world a gift that keeps on giving with that film.

  16. K says:

    I don’t really buy the money stuff. Even when she was making crazy money she wasn’t living a crazy lifestyle so I think this star trying to go for the trifecta.

    Does she probably have a lot less then she use to yeah of course but I doubt she is in dire straits, in fact I would venture that most people would kill to be in her position.

    • holly hobby says:

      While she isn’t a flashy person, people seem to forget that plastic surgery costs money and it’s not cheap nor covered by insurance! Since she’s still getting stuffed rammed into her face, then yeah, that’s where all the money went. If you don’t have a revenue stream this all adds up.

  17. Yoohoo says:

    I like John Mellencamp for not dating 19 year old models. I’m impressed he dates women around his age.

    • jojo says:

      I see what you are saying, it is cool they aren’t 22…But it’s not like he’s sacrificing much. these are two highly successful financially independent women, and Brinkley looks better than most women in their thirties and forties. :)

  18. Frosty says:

    I think Meg and Crusty will get back together, if she’ll have him. I like Christie, but she seems a bit like a man trophy collector.

  19. Tiffany says:

    I have always though she got the bum deal in the Crowe affair. While that bloated, one trick pony continues to make flop after flop.

    Nail down a TV show, Meg. You still have the pull to have it film in NY.

    • H says:

      They are so many movie stars on TV now, doing really well-written shows, I think Meg should do that too. I think its sad she got the fall-out in the Crowe affair, as it was rumored Dennis Quaid was an abusive cokehead back in the day who cheated on Meg left, right and center. Double standard alive and well in Hollywood.

    • evermore says:

      Rumors floated that she turned down sex and the city….not sure which character though?
      I’m not sure which character she would have played???

      • Bridget says:

        Very doubtful. Meg was still a huge movie star when SATC started out, there’s no way they would have even bothered to offer her a supporting role. Dana Delaney was the original choice for Carrie Bradshaw, not Meg Ryan.

    • crtb says:

      I think she got a raw deal also. Her husband cheated on her through their entire marriage. Crowe wasn’t a one night stand but a man with whom she was in love with and was willing to end her married for. I think he led her to believe the feelings were mutual and that they had a future together. I think Crow blindsided her. She received much backlash because of her cheating. Isn’t if funny when male actors leave their wives, it has not effect on their careers.

      • Luce says:

        There are plenty of female actors who have been cheaters and haven’t had careers that suffered as a result. Pretty sure Meg’s career downfall was due to larger issues.

  20. MSat says:

    I just won’t heap the mean talk on Meg. Let’s talk about Mellencamp. How is he still getting women? He just comes off like a crusty old curmudgeon who thinks he’s god’s gift. He was always a Springsteen wanna-be to me. And just more evidence that Christie Brinkley has the worst taste in men ever.

    • Dani8 says:

      John is talented in his own right. I’m old and have followed his career and the guy is nothing if not original. Musically he has always done his own thing and is nobody’s second best.

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is also a hotness that comes with age. Youth is not the end all, be all.

      • MSat says:

        I’m old, too – and I always thought he was gross and derivative of The Boss. To each his own, I guess!

      • evermore says:

        Same way Mick Jagger gets ladies.

      • Anne tommy says:

        There was a lot of talk about the grossness of older men in a recent thread on CB. When I suggested that older men were not necessarily gross, the reply was that it was gross because the female partner in a particular relationship was significantly younger (I can’t recall the pairing). But that age difference does not apply here, and there’s still the same vibe. He as an individual may not float your boat and of course that’s fine – he’s not my cuppa tea- but there’s too much ageism. Not getting at you MSat, as you say to each their own.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        First off, he was never a Springsteen copy. He did his own thing and it was alot more folksy than Springstein. Also, back in the Johnny Cougar days, he was hot. He may not be all that now, but many people (women) still see Johnny Cougar and swoon. Also, alot of people are attracted to musicians just because they are musicians. I’ve seen him in concert many times and if nothing else, the man is masculine.

        He is also tough as far as the industry. He took his career by the reigns and took back his real name and got control when the record labels were trying to make him something he wasnt and didn’t want to be. BTW, his music sounds nothing like Bruce’s. Bruce has always had the E-Street Band which is a huge part of his sound (horns!) and heavy back-up singing. Mellencamp’s music is folk-rock pure and simple.

    • Natalie says:

      I wouldn’t say he is “gross” but it does weird me out that he is referring to a grownass woman as “girl” in his quotes.

    • Dani8 says:

      MSat, I’m really responding more to his musical talents. He is legit. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea musically but he is a good song writer and well respected for that. Physically yeah, people can’t help who they are attracted to and I get that. I respect your POV and thanks for responding. Happy to talk to another old. : )

  21. Nancy says:

    I think she tried too hard to be la di da girl which was totally Diane Keaton’s vibe and which she ever so subtly took as her own. Sorry Meg, not even close to the Diane of that era.

  22. Allie May says:

    She does look lovely in these photos in that beautiful black dress. Hope she is doing okay financially, always loved her as an actress.

  23. Best comment, dani8! Its not the end of the world for Meg-her face is growing out, and I agree that John Mellencamp was and is, hot. Remember he also made a personal mistake–changing his name, and then changing it again. Be careful Meg, let your face grow out, be even more careful who you hook up with!

  24. iseepinkelefants says:

    She wasn’t mum’s favorite actress so I have a soft spot for her. Actually this weekend I was in a Meg Ryan movie marathon mood and decided to reminisce. It’s always funny to me how people like her, Travolta, Willis, Moore, Gibson, Roberts were huge and then bam, they’re nothing.

  25. kanyekardashian says:

    Her career didn’t “dry up”. She said herself she was retiring from making movies because she didn’t have the passion for it anymore. I doubt she’s broke, either. I have my apartment modeled after her Martha’s Vineyard house, which is anything but a star house. It’s very simple so I’m sure she knows what she’s doing with money.

  26. iheartgossip says:

    She spent it all on bad surgery and then fix it surgery

  27. Cam says:

    Meg was a beautiful woman but I’m sorry, she does not look good. She’s just a few sessions away from Jocelyn Wilderstein or whatever her name is. Meryl Streep is a beautiful woman to this day. These ladies – like Nicole Kidman and co – reduce themselves to youth and beauty instead of focusing on their talents and that’s where they get. Meg did some great performances such as Courage Under Fire, but her romantic comedy obsession put me off her. I think she sold herself short, as she can act. Incidentally, the Cindy Crawford thread also active right now is another reminder that you can look amazing with wrinkles. Cindy’s not too doing too badly and avoiding the Jocelyn look.

  28. Medina says:

    Poor Meg should be more heartbroken and humiliated that John was banging his interior decorator during a large part of their relationship. You know, the interior decorator who Meg took under wing, schlepped to A-list events (http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/nadege-dubospertus-monique-gibson-kathy-najimy-meg-ryan-and-news-photo/170960160), confided in, and PAID a truck load of $$$ to redesign several spaces. And how do I know this? Because for months, this interior decorator (professional grifter/”designer” to the stars) lived in a swanky Tribeca hotel (where I worked) and told ANYONE who would listen ALL about it (in excruciating, cringe-worthy detail).

  29. MollyO says:

    I remember when she was on top of the world. America’s sweetheart. Everybody loved her. Then ageism kicked in. Hollywood is cruel. I saw Mellencamp recently on Colbert and, well, he hasn’t aged as well as she has. Why isn’t anyone talking about that?

  30. Cirque28 says:

    Cranky Mellencamp and Controlling Brinkley?? It will end in bitterness and rage. I could believe Meg is a kind, loving woman and Elaine Irwin has a very sweet vibe too, but Christie Brinkley seems like she could be hell on wheels. Also, I used to know someone who knew Brinkley on Long Island and they did call her a total control freak.