Meg Ryan reminisces about THAT fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally while honoring Billy Crystal at the Kennedy Center Honors
- The 62-year-old actress was on hand to help her honor When Harry Met Sally co-star Billy Crystal during the 2023 Kennedy Center Honors.
- One of the most iconic moments of the 1989 film was when Crystal's Harry and Ryan's Sally were dining at Katz's Delicatesen in Manhattan.
- Ryan said: 'The scene came very naturally to me and I really owe that to Billy. I've never seen anyone make it easier to recreate an organism.'
More than 34 years after her iconic fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, Meg Ryan shed new light on it during the Kennedy Center Honors.
The 62-year-old actress was on hand to honor her 75-year-old co-star during Sunday night's ceremony, which airs Dec. 27 on CBS.
One of the most iconic moments of the 1989 film was when Crystal's Harry and Ryan's Sally were dining at Katz's Delicatesen in Manhattan.
When Harry claims he knows when a woman is faking an orgasm, Sally, to prove him wrong, fakes a loud orgasm at the table, with director Rob Reiner's mother Estelle saying after the performance, “I'll have some she has'.
During the ceremony on Sunday, Ryan rrevealed, 'The scene seemed very natural to me and I really owe that to Billy. I've never seen anyone make it easier to recreate an organism.'
Meg shares: More than 34 years after her iconic fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, Meg Ryan shed new light on it at the Kennedy Center Honors
Ryan added, “Acting with Billy was effortless. The characters just came to life. And just meet him. Don't know. How can you not love Billy Crystal?'
She continued: 'Harry is of course a very broad character, harmful, callous and terrified of commitment.'
“But if you take out all of Harry's flaws, while you're underneath them, it's pure Billy. And what he brings to all his characters is heart,” she added.
“Harry is his heart because Billy listens to him and as his wife Janice of more than 50 years knows, falling in love with Billy is pretty easy,” Ryan said.
When Harry Met Sally director Rob Reiner was also present, he revealed that Crystal wrote his mother's famous line herself.
“Billy wrote what I think is the funniest line in all of film history. I take what she eats. Said by my mother,” Reiner said.
Whoopi Goldberg was also present at the ceremony and brought Crystal to tears when he mentioned the late great Robin Williams.
Other honorees at the ceremony included opera and theater soprano Renée Fleming; British singer-songwriter and member of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb; rapper, singer and actress Queen Latifah; and singer Dionne Warwick.
The Kennedy Center Honors – held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Georgetown – is an annual award given for lifetime achievement in the arts.
Crystal is best known for films such as When Harry Met Sally…, City Slickers and Analyze This.
He is also a nine-time host of the Academy Awards and has won six Emmy Awards.
Crystal received the 2007 Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.