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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 mortal woman.

"Golden Globe nomination"

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.

"Academy Award… Annie Hall"

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 Allen.

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 Again, Sam.

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 (1999).

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 draw"

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 Couple.

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 Blue Heaven.

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 life.

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.

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Hanging Up

Meet the Mozells: patriarch Lou (Walter Matthau) and daughters Georgia (Diane Keaton), vying for a spot on the Power List as editor in chief of her self-titled women’s magazine; Eve (Meg Ryan), the daddy’s girl-turned-responsible middle sister; and Maddy (Lisa Kudrow), a semi-successful soap actress.

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