Meg Ryan Stuns In Rare Red Carpet Appearance Before Her Milestone Birthday

Actress Meg Ryan earned the title of "America's Sweetheart" during the late 1980s. Ryan depicted several lovable characters during this time, like Kathleen Kelly in the popular film "You've Got Mail," Sally Albright in "When Harry Met Sally," and Annie Reed in "Sleepless In Seattle," to name a select few (via IMDb). She dazzled on screen with her perfect blonde fringe and quirky personality, and won over the hearts of viewers around the country with each adorable nose scrunch. And of course, who can forget that deli scene from "When Harry Met Sally" where Ryan proved she had the gumption needed to become a true Hollywood star (via YouTube).

As any fan of Ryan's would notice, her acting career began to taper off around the early to mid-2000s. Following a highly-publicized affair with fellow actor Russell Crowe in 2003, Ryan's acting career subsequently took a downturn and she decided to step out of the spotlight (via CheatSheet). She appeared in several films and television shows between 2004 and 2018, but Ryan has largely lived a much quieter, and significantly less public, life since the Crowe ordeal.

Ahead of her milestone birthday, however, Ryan stunned in a rare red carpet appearance and proved that she's still got it after all these years.

Meg Ryan stunned on the red carpet for the Academy Museum Gala ahead of this milestone birthday

Meg Ryan attended the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Gala in Los Angeles on September 25, 2021, and absolutely stunned fans and photographers alike with her gorgeous red carpet look (via Daily Mail). Ryan, who will be celebrating a milestone birthday on November 19 — the big 60! — looked beautiful in a floor-length black gown featuring a lavender flower print. The dress showed off her toned arms and featured a tasteful slit down the side so Ryan could showcase her equally impressive heels.

Ryan paired her printed gown with black platform open-toed heels and completed the look with tasteful gold jewelry. She wore her signature beachy blonde hair down and slightly tousled, and her neutral eye makeup was complimented by a bold mauve lip color. The star appeared comfortable and confident, stopping to smile and pose for pictures along the red carpet before making her way inside for the event. Clearly, her time outside of the spotlight is doing wonders for her happiness!