By Anna Hecht
Updated Nov 19, 2015 @ 10:15 am
Transformation - Meg Ryan
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Meg Ryan is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's most beloved sweethearts. Best known for her signature short, choppy blonde locks, cute grin, and kind demeanor, the uber-talented actress most definitely deserves some praise on her special day. Today, we raise a toast to Ryan on her 54th birthday.

Emerging on the acting scene in the '80s, Ryan didn't waste any time getting her name out there. Right away, the birthday girl landed some pretty iconic roles, including Top Gun (1986), Promised Land (1987), and the big one that instantly comes to mind at the mention of Ryan's name: When Harry Met Sally (1989). One word: heartwarming.

Since her early days as a budding actress, Ryan has gone on to star opposite big-name stars, such as Tom Hanks, in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and then again in You've Got Mail (1993). In more recent years, the actress has taken on parts in several independent films, including In the Land of Women (2007) for which Ryan's performance received positive reviews and Serious Moonlight (2009) alongside Kristen Bell and Justin Long.

And so, in honor of the actress's career and reputation as an American icon, we are taking a look back through Ryan's beauty transformation over the years. Happy birthday today to queen of the rom com, Meg Ryan!