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Meg Ryan Just Loves Walter Matthau

December 2, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Meg Ryan is hung up on her ``Hanging Up″ co-star, Walter Matthau.

``I just love him,″ she said in the latest Redbook magazine. ``That face _ that face is so hard to wrap your brain around. It’s so soft, and you’d never think his face was soft.″

The father-daughter tale is based on a novel by Delia Ephron, and has Ms. Ryan and Matthau teamed up for the second time, after the movie ``I.Q.″

``I asked him about his wife once, because they’ve been together for so long now,″ Ms. Ryan said. ``And he said, `Megsie, when the universe was created, Carol and I were in the same ball of steam.‴

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