HANGING UP: THE STARS
HANGING AROUND THE MOZELLS
Meg Ryan recently starred in two films. She received a Golden
Globe nomination for her starring role in Nora Ephron's You've
Got Mail, in which she once again matched romantic wits with Tom
Hanks. Hanks was also her co-star in Nora Ephron's Sleepless in
Seattle, for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1998, Ryan starred with Nicolas Cage in Brad Silberling's
City of Angels, the story of an angel who falls in love with a
Ryan's other roles include her acclaimed performance opposite
Denzel Washington in the Gulf War drama Courage Under Fire,
directed by Ed Zwick. Her comedic appeal was immediately
recognised in her portrayal of the romantically confused Sally
Albright in When Harry Met Sally... Directed by Rob Reiner and
written by Nora Ephron, her performance in the film earned her a
Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
A Fairfield, Connecticut native, 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. With
her production company, Prufrock Pictures, Ryan plans to produce
a wide variety of motion picture projects.
Diane Keaton (co-star and director) made her feature film
directorial debut with the critically praised Unstrung Heroes,
which premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and starred
Andie MacDowell, John Turturro, Michael Richards and Maury
Chaykin. Keaton began directing with the feature-length
documentary Heaven. She received an Emmy nomination for the
television special The Girl with the Crazy Brother and directed
the award-winning Wildflower, starring Patricia Arquette, for
Lifetime channel. Other directing credits include episodes of
Twin Peaks and China Beach, as well as several music videos.
She won an Academy AwardÒ for Best
Actress for her portrayal of the title role in Woody Allen's
contemporary classic Annie Hall and was an Academy AwardÒ nominee for Best Actress for her
performances in Reds and Marvin's Room. Her acting career spans
over 25 movies, including a long creative partnership with Woody
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Keaton moved to New York at 19
and began acting studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She was a
member of the original cast of the landmark rock musical Hair and
then took the lead opposite Woody Allen in his play, Play It
Keaton is also a renowned photographer and has published four
volumes of still photography. She traveled around the country
photographing hotel lobbies for a book titled Reservations and
edited three additional volumes: Still Life, a book of movie
stills from Hollywood's Golden Era, Mr. Salesman and Local News
Lisa Kudrow recently starred with Billy Crystal and Robert
DeNiro in director Harold Ramis' comedy Analyze This and as Lucia
in Don Roos’ critically acclaimed film The Opposite of Sex.
For the role of Lucia, she received the Best Supporting Actress
Award from the New York Film Critics and an Independent Spirit
Award nomination. Previously, she starred with Mira Sorvino in
the hit comedy Romy & Michele's High School Reunion and
co-starred in Albert Brooks' comedy Mother. More recently, she
starred opposite Toni Collette and Parker Posey in Clockwatchers.
"best known for her
Emmy Award-winning role… in Friends"
Best known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Phoebe Buffay on
NBC’s hit comedy series Friends, Kudrow has received a total
of four Emmy nominations (one win), one Golden Globe nomination
and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Kudrow was always passionate about acting but never thought of
it as a career until after college. While growing up, she
performed and reenacted many of her favorite movie scenes for
family and friends. Following Hanging Up, Kudrow co-stars with
John Travolta in Numbers, directed by Nora Ephron.
Walter Matthau has appeared in nearly 70 motion pictures in a
distinguished career in film, theater and television that spans
over 50 years. He has been nominated for two Best Actor Academy
AwardsÒ for The Sunshine Boys and
Kotch and received a Best Supporting Actor Academy AwardÒ for The Fortune Cookie. He has also been
nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, winning for his
performance in The Sunshine Boys.
"a solid box-office
He continues to be a solid box-office draw as evidenced by his
more recent roles in The Odd Couple II, Out to Sea, Grumpy Old
Men and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men.
Matthau began his career studying at the Dramatic Workshop of
The New School in New York City. He then went on to Broadway,
where he made his debut in 1948 in Anne of the Thousand Days. He
made his movie debut in 1955's The Kentuckian. In 1962, his role
on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark brought Matthau his first Tony
Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor. He received his second
Tony Award, this time for Best Actor, in Neil Simon's The Odd
In 1966, Matthau starred with Jack Lemmon for the first time
in Billy Wilder's biting comedy, The Fortune Cookie. Established
as one of Hollywood's elite performers and box-office draws, he
starred in one feature after another, among them A Guide for the
Married Man, a repeat of his Broadway success in the filmed
version of The Odd Couple, and many more.
Producer/co-screenwriter Nora Ephron has received three
Academy AwardÒ nominations for Best
Original Screenplay for Sleepless in Seattle (with David Ward and
Jeff Arch), the classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally...
(which also starred Meg Ryan), and the drama Silkwood (co-written
with Alice Arlen). Her other screenwriting credits include
Heartburn, which she adapted from her own best-selling novel of
infidelity and food; Cookie (co-written with Alice Arlen) and My
In addition to screenwriting, Ephron has is a noted director
of romantic comedy, eg, You've Got Mail. In 1996, Ephron explored
the notion of divine intervention in romance with the angelic
comedy Michael, starring John Travolta, William Hurt and Andie
MacDowell, which she co-wrote and directed. She also co-wrote
(with her sister, Delia Ephron) and directed This Is My Life,
starring Julie Kavner as a single mom turned stand-up comic, and
Mixed Nuts, starring Steve Martin as a suicide hotline employee
on Christmas Eve.
Co-writer and executive producer Delia Ephron and her sister
Nora adapted the screenplay for Hanging Up from Delia Ephron's
1995 novel of the same name. The New York Times Book Review liked
it: "Hanging Up is honest and deeply felt, and Ms. Ephron's
comic timing is flawless." Her second novel, Big City Eyes,
is about a city woman’s attempt to make sense of small-town
Delia Ephron has also written two non-fiction best-sellers:
How To Eat Like A Child and Teenage Romance. She is also
the author of Funny Sauce and Do I Have to Say Hello? and
has written two children's books: My Life (and Nobody Else's) and
The Girl Who Changed the World.