In real life, Tom Hanks has been happily married to actress Rita Wilson for 30 years. But for a while, Hanks and Meg Ryan were Hollywood’s hottest couple, even though their romance was confined to the screen. Audiences and critics loved their chemistry in two of the defining romantic comedies of the 1990s, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. They were so good together, their rapport so natural, that they drew comparisons to one of the movie world’s all-time legendary couples: Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Hanks wouldn’t go that far, but he appreciates the compliment and told us he and Ryan definitely had something special between them. (Click on the media bar to hear Tom Hanks)
Those two Hanks-Ryan movies are celebrating significant anniversaries this year: Sleepless in Seattle was released 25 years ago this week, and You’ve Got Mail celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year.