Meg Ryan appears on stage at the Tony Awards: she looks different, right?

Meg Ryan, 54, introduced She Loves Me at the Tony Awards, because it’s based on her 1998 movie You’ve Got Mail. Meg seems to have had even more work done to her face, which is… unfortunate. I don’t know what else to say because it’s really hard not to notice and she’s the one who has to live with it. It looks like she did a few things and at some point it spiraled out of control. Maybe it’s just been a while since we’ve seen Meg on a red carpet or in motion. Update: Meg is wearing sheer sleeves, which make her arms look crepey when it’s just the dress.

Here she is in May and it’s hard to tell but she looks less plastic here.

Jane Krakowski is 47 years old. I mention that because during last night’s Tony performance, for her musical She Loves Me, she did a split and then got pulled across the floor that way like it was no big deal. I’m not a very flexible person so my jaw was hanging open for that one. You can see that at about 1:50 into the video below. Jane was in this deep v-neck Michael Kors gown with a fishtail. She matched the backdrop and still stood out. This is a beautiful dress.


Laura Benanti, Jane’s co-star, was in purple Oscar de la Renta with floral embroidery. I like that she went with a long sleeve full length gown with a skirt that’s just slightly see-through. There’s something regal about this.


Megan Hilty was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for Noises Off. She was in a Matthew Christopher ball gown with a tiered skirt and a sweetheart neckline. This looks like a gown Sofia Vergara would wear.

Pascale Armand was also nominated in the Featured Actress in a Play category, for Eclipsed. She was in a yellow Delpozo gown with an asymmetric, origami-look folded hem and a slight slit 3/4 down the skirt. I’m trying to figure out if the slit makes sense. The place where the slit meets is lined up perfectly with the fold down the middle. This dress is quite flattering and there’s something intriguing about it, but I can’t decide if I like it or not.


Here’s Meg introducing She Loves Me.

Photos credit: WENN and Getty

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  1. QQ says:

    Oh man!… how do you get carried away like that seriously…. just painful looking

    • TG says:

      The sheer cover on her décolletage and arms is just…not doing her any favors either.

    • Snazzy says:

      Poor woman. I don’t even recognise her anymore. Maybe she just keeps trying to fix it but it keeps getting worse?

      • boredblond says:

        Yeah, she’s erasing the unique Meg from her face, like Ms Hawn erased the Goldie…on a happier note, I adore Jane Krakowski–always thought she was robbed at Emmy time.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She looked more like her old self in May. She was starting to look good again, and then she ruined it. I think she has a problem.

    • Birdy says:

      i know! she looks like shes in pain!

  2. tracking says:

    I wonder what Meg Ryan sees when she looks in the mirror. It’s interesting–the women I know most like her, petite and adorable–are the ones who have aged the best imo. I just don’t know what she has done to herself and why.

    • smcollins says:

      @tracking I have a theory about this. It’s my understanding that Meg’s mother walked out on her family when Meg was a teenager. Imagine what that does to a girl. If you’ve ever seen a photo of her mother Meg is the spitting image of her (especially as she’s gotten older). I think when she looks in the mirror she sees the mother that abandoned her and she’s trying to erase it. I know I’m getting deeply psychological, but that’s why I think she’s done this to herself. Or it could just be the clichéd fear of aging and massive insecurity in an industry that values youth & beauty over all else.

    • NYer says:

      Does she notice that the only thing above her mouth that moves is her eyelids?

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Glad you say that about petite women aging well, because I’m one of those and what I’ve seen is that larger, “handsome” women with good bone structure seem to age well. Cuteness wears off. Poor Meg Ryan, though the wounds seem self-inflicted.

    • mayamae says:

      I believe Meg is 5’8″. But she does give the impression she’s petite.

  3. Jenns says:

    It’s hard to tell what Meg’s face looks like, because there is no close-up (which was probably intentional).

    Enough has been made about her plastic surgery, but can we talk about the hair? Because it looks like a hot mess. She needs a new style.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Her hair is the only good thing I can say about her.

      • PHD Gossip says:

        If u look at the May photo of Mef it’s pretty obvious she is wearing a wig that moved out of place in the front. Oy vey.

    • Sabrine says:

      It’s her deal, not mine or anyone else’s. She looks okay. I don’t know why women who have work done get jumped on and criticized by other women. If she likes it and is happy with the results, then that’s all that matters. The obsession with the state of other womens’ skin is ridiculous.

    • mary simon says:

      She needs the crazy hair in her face as a distraction from the face, and to hide under.

  4. Esmom says:

    Oh, Meg. And at first I though her arm skin was sagging terribly until I realized those were her sleeves. What a terrible, unflattering gown. She does look cute in the bottom photo, even sans makeup.

    I love Jane’s, Laura’s and Pascale’s looks.

  5. Chelsey says:

    Oh. Oh wow.

  6. Algernon says:

    Too bad. Last time I saw photos of Meg Ryan I remember thinking that her plastic surgery was finally settling and she was looking more like herself. Now she looks like melted plastic again.

    • Carol says:

      Yeah, in the May pic, Meg kind of looked like her old pre-surgery self again. Maybe in the Tony pic, her face looks like its melting because of bad lighting? She’s got a great figure though.

      As far as the dresses, everyone looks so colorful – except Megan Hilty who never seems to get it right. I love it! Its like Popsicle colors. I especially like Pascale’s dress.

  7. lucy2 says:

    Jane is freaking amazing, and I love her dress. I’d love to see her and Laura onstage together. There are so many talented people on Broadway right now, but I’ll probably miss all of them! I did see Patti Lupone in Noises Off years ago, it was really great.

    I feel bad for Meg, whatever caused her to do that work to begin with, I think she’ll constantly be trying to upkeep or repair now.

  8. Almondjoy says:

    She used to have such a great face 😔

    Jane Krakowski rubs me the wrong way all the time… There’s just something about her. Probably because I think she was playing her real self on 30 Rock.

    Laura Benati’s dress is a dream… I love it so much!

    Megan Hilty reminds me of why I never wear sweetheart necklines. Boobs everywhere! I wouldn’t feel comfortable. She looks nice though.

    I’ve never seen Pascale Armand before but she is glowing and also slaying me with the natural hair.

    • Esmom says:

      Ha, I have always felt the same way about Jane K. She seems like she might be exhausting to be around.

    • Bridget says:

      She played exhausting characters on both 30 Rock and Ally McBeal, but now that I think about it, I don’t think we know much at all about what she’s really like. Which I actually think is a good thing and speaks well of her. Though I’ll give her this credit: Jane is a total pro. She’s worked on TV and on Broadway for decades, and that kind of consistency wouldn’t happen if she was actually like Jenna Maroney. But then again, I’m just guessing as much as you guys are 🙂

    • Holly hobby says:

      Go watch the Broadway edition of carpool karaoke. Jane is great. Yeah she plays obnoxious characters but I think as a person she is ok.

  9. QueenE says:

    Meg looks like the muppet version of herself

  10. Lucky says:

    Ah Meg, you can’t win either way. I miss seeing her in romcoms.

  11. krtmom says:

    Looks like Meg Ryan has cheek implants! Terrible looking!

  12. Zip says:

    What does Meg Ryan (or any oth the other plastic surgery victims) see in the mirror when they look at themselves? Does she even still get acting jobs? Her face is a freak show. So sad, she was such a cute woman.

    • mary simon says:

      I also wonder what plastic surgery victims think about their reflections in the mirror. Maybe once there’s a botched surgery, they get on the trail of “maybe this next surgery will fix this nightmare.” But it never does fix anything and only makes things worse. Then they are off and running for the rest of their lives, hot on the trail of trying to fix their faces. Meg tries to play it that she got fed up with Hollywood and that she didn’t want to play the game anymore. I think the truth is that Hollywood lost interest in her after her face was botched, just like Melanie Griffith. I can understand light tweeking, which still has it’s dangers, but no one should ever mess with lip implants – no one ever looks good after lip implants.
      I know I couldn’t look at either of those frankenfaces on the widescreen for any length of time.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think Hollywood lost interest in her when she got too “old” to play the cute love interest. She was a bit of a one-note actress anyway — all peppy and sweet and kind of ditzy — which translated well into rom-coms, but when she tried to break out and be more serious, it generally did not go well. The plastic surgery is her attempt to maintain the cuteness she was known for — which, to me, is really sad. Some of the “cutest” women I know are in their 60s and 70s, and it has nothing to do with their looks — it’s the fact that they smile and laugh all the time, have a real zest for life, and just approach things with the same excitement they probably had when they were 18.

  13. meme says:

    why is Meg even there? I don’t recall her being on Broadway.

    all these dresses are fug.

  14. nicegirl says:

    Jane is amazing. AMAZING

  15. Pants says:

    All of Meg’s face work looked like it had finally been settling and it seems she’s went and poked around at it again. She should just leave her face alone already.

  16. Jayna says:

    Meg never had cheekbones. Now she’s altered her face with too much filler and having these apple cheeks that aren’t flattering, and it makes her eyes appear smaller. Then her lip implant never quite worked. It changed the shape of her once small mouth to a wide mouth, I think she would have been better off taking it out and just having mild lip injections Maybe it wouldn’t look as weird. Who knows? She would probably overdo the injections also.

    • ladysussex says:

      It looks like her mouth just doesn’t work the right way anymore, maybe due to all the fillers? I think there has also been surgery which caused nerve damage. Her face just doesn’t move naturally.

  17. LannisterForever says:

    I love Megan Hilty, I think she’s super talented and gorgeous and she was great in Smash. Her dress is stunning.

    • Taxi says:

      Hilty is talented but rarely dresses appropriately for her body type. It takes more than a boob display to be fashionable, especially with a short, full figure.

  18. Leni says:

    (Just for the sake of accuracy – She Loves Me is not based on You’ve Got Mail. They are both adapted from the same source material, the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright MIklós László. If anything, You’ve Got Mail would based on She Loves me, which premiered in 1963.)

  19. Amy says:

    She Loves Me is NOT based on You Got Mail!! She Loves Me was originally performed in the 1960s. You Got Mail, She Loves Me and The Shop Around the Corner are all loosely based on the same play, Parfumerie.

    • belakali says:

      Thanks! Was just coming here to say that! 🙂

    • djork says:

      The Judy Garland / Van Johnson movie In The Good Ol’ Summertime was an MGM musical adaptation of The Shop Around The Corner as well.

  20. Nancy says:

    If Harry could have seen in the future he would have never wanted to meet Sally. Billy Crystal kept it real and looks his age, but fine. She looks like an alien clone of who was once America’s sweetheart. Vanity will get you every time.

    • GingerNYC says:

      @ Nancy, have you seen Billy Crystal lately? Because I think you might be suprised at how much work he’s had done. I saw him on the street last summer and I hate to say it but he looked like a corpse. Really bloated and pale; it was actually scary! He seriously looked like he just got out of his final appointment with the undertaker. Not good.

    • mary simon says:

      Billy Crystal faired no better than Meg. He looks horrible!

      • Julie Smith says:

        I agree. A few years back he was in a forgettable comedy w/ Bette Midler, and his appearance literally caused the audience to gasp. Looked like a facelift, chemical peel and fillers all happened at once. So sad.

      • Nancy says:

        Maybe but the guy is almost 70 years old.

  21. Rocío says:

    Why, Meg, why?!!!

  22. kibbles says:

    Meg Ryan’s plastic surgery gone wrong is just tragic. She was SO beautiful, my goodness. Just the pretty girl next door you’d think would age gracefully, then she had to destroy her face. Jane Krakowski is only seven years younger and looks absolutely amazing and sexy. Krakowski is an example of a woman who doesn’t starve, doesn’t cut up her face, and is healthy both in body and spirit.

  23. Winterberry says:

    I love Jane Krakowski.

  24. shannon says:

    She jacked her face years ago. She’s just going to continue to look worse and worse. I do wonder if any of these people look at before and afters and are filled with regret. The alternative (aging naturally) has to be better than this.

    • mary simon says:

      Plastic surgery and fillers start to fall apart after just a couple of months (injectables) and years (cut and sew), and both deteriorate sooner than later. Once you altar your face, you have to do maintenance, and there is always the risk the maintenance can go wrong.

    • Caz says:

      This is the Kardashians’ reality in a few years’ time. Hopefully by then they won’t be given any airtime or publicity.

      Jane is very endearing in Broadway Carpool Karaoke. They all are. It’s worth checking out.

  25. Jayna says:

    Jane looks fantastic. She is great example of someone looking amazing in their mid 40s. She is 47 1/2 years old. And that just stuns me, because I always think of her around 39, 40.

  26. Scal says:

    Her face has looked like that for years now.

  27. Manjit says:

    Looking at Meg Ryan now just makes me so very sad. I always used to rent her films from Blockbuster to watch on a Sunday afternoon, she was so pretty and really charming on film. She messed with her face before filming “Proof of Life” and it’s just got progressively worse. Such a shame.

  28. Pandy says:

    That orange dress on pascale is amazing. She looks great.

  29. Susan says:

    Poor Meg Ryan. I can’t help but associate that level of ‘work’ with serious insecurities and underlying issues.

    I’m at the age where I could/should/would have work done, but sheesh, when wealthy famous people who see the best of the best plastic surgeons look like this…wtf would my rural Virginia plastic surgeon’s work look like??

  30. Penelope says:

    Why is everyone pretending her face hasn’t been jacked up for over a decade?? She knows. Leave the poor woman alone. I’d be suicidal if I were her reading/hearing this shit today. And someone PLEASE send her the name of Jane Fonda’s surgeon STAT. I mean look at lily tomlin a year ago and now.

    • lucky says:

      Thanks Penelope! What you’re seeing when you look at Meg Ryan is basically a woman just like every other woman you meet except she used to be a huge movie star but just wants to enjoy life and maybe isn’t the savviest with the whole celebrity styling thing. I think the plastic surgery is a moot point by now. It’s been at least ten years since she started looking different.
      A friend of mine knows Meg and says she’s beautiful in real life, and I believe it. Looking at her outfit, I think it would be perfect for a private party, but it doesn’t work well in that setting under those lights.
      There’s something really loveable about not getting the red carpet game right. The thing is, you could have put Meg in Laura Benati’s Oscar de La Renta, thrown some matte powder on her face and lowered her blonde to a honey or raised it to platinum and it would have worked. I hope she pulls herself together a little and shows up to her next event flipping the bird to the press, and pulls out a stack of Benjamins from her belt, 50 cent style. …so many other things I need to be doing than commenting on CB!

    • sophie says:

      Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin both look great.

  31. dawnchild says:

    That perma-smile reminds me of the Joker’s in Batman.
    When faces start to look that way, it’s like all the internal insecurities are now visible to the world. Sad…I hope Meg achieves some peace with herself. She has plenty to be proud of, I’m sure.

  32. Sarah says:

    Love Laura & Jane’s dresses. Was hoping you’d cover them. 🙂

  33. Penelope says:

    Meg probably would have aged just fine if she’d not gone crazy with plastic surgery. Now she looks ghastly.

  34. iheartgossip says:

    We need to start a Hollywood Trend. Where women & some men, accept their appearance and know they are beautiful. This carving up of all the H’wood/Bev Hills women is becoming scary

  35. Char says:

    I dunno – I look nothing like I did at 25 (or 35) and have not gained/lost weigh or gone under the knife. Getting old sucks – be thankful nobody looks as bad as Steve Tyler/Axl Rose/Barry Manilow.

  36. jinglebellsmell says:

    The dress is absolutely adorable SANS the sheer garbage around the arms and chest. It’s a very “Meg” piece.

    Her face has looked like that for YEARS now…so, so sad that she chose this instead of just aging. My husband, who was watching the Tony’s with me last night, said, “WHO is that? It’s NOT Meg Ryan!” (he hasn’t been keeping up with her botox addiction as I have over the years).

  37. lucky says:

    She has a great body. She should have warn a pant suit or a onesie. I hope she stays confident.

  38. cherrypie says:

    So what is happening with Megan’s left eye there?

  39. Stuffapea says:

    Perhaps what is intriguing about Pascale Armand’s dress is that it’s the same color as Kraft macaroni and cheese.

  40. what's inside says:

    Meg is a wonderful actress and has given me years of entertainment. I am sorry that she is being criticized for getting older and wanting to maintain her looks. Everything changes and I think we all need to be kinder.

    • jsilly4e says:

      What’s Inside. I agree. I wrote something similar but it’s waiting to be approved for some reason.

  41. kanyekardashian says:

    It isn’t lovely how so many of you who identify as feminists in other posts feel absolutely entitled to shred another woman apart for her looks, including the author of this post. What Meg Ryan chooses to do to her face and body is her business. I pick apart celebrities for their questionable behavior and bad lifestyle choices, but I’m proud to say I have never once commented on a female celebrity’s looks. Shame a lot of you can’t say that.

  42. Therese says:

    I don’t think Meg has had more work done. I think it is the same horrible surgery done before, and the good photo shown is from a good chance shot. I don’t care for the tone of shaming someone for expressing an opinion. I am not being mean by commenting on Meg’s current looks. I am so very saddened, and horrified. She was such a pretty woman, and could have gone gracefully into middle and old age. Her face is a horror to me, and I can’t watch her on film, because it is so distracting. I feel so sorry for her, and I wish someone could repair the harm. The doctors on Botched seem to work so many miracles, I wonder if they could help Meg. I bet they could tone it down a little. I felt that the other commenters were not being mean, but expressing the same upset and horror over what was once such a beautiful face. A gift from God that was botched.