MacGraw in the trailer for the 1972 film The Getaway
|Born||Elizabeth Alice MacGraw
April 1, 1939
Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, model, author, animal rights activist|
|Spouse(s)||Robin Martin Hoen (1961–1962; divorced)
Robert Evans (1969–1972; divorced; 1 child)
Steve McQueen (1973–1978; divorced)
Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw (born April 1, 1939)12 is an American actress. She first gained attention with her role in Goodbye, Columbus in 1969, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She reached international fame in 1970's Love Story, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. In 1972, MacGraw was voted the top female box office star in the world3 and was honored with a hands and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. She went on to star in the hit films The Getaway (1972) and Convoy (1978), and the 1983 television miniseries The Winds of War. In 1991, she published her autobiography, Moving Pictures.
Ali MacGraw was born in Pound Ridge, New York, the daughter of commercial artists Frances (née Klein) and Richard MacGraw.12 She has one brother, Dick, an artist.2 Her father was of Scottish descent and her maternal grandparents were from Hungary. MacGraw's mother was from a Jewish family, but did not disclose this to MacGraw's father.245 MacGraw has described her father as "violent".6
MacGraw began working in 1960 as a photographic assistant at Harper's Bazaar magazine, to fashion maven, Diana Vreeland, where she stayed for six years.2 She worked at Vogue magazine as a fashion model, and as a photographer's stylist. She has also worked as an interior decorator.
MacGraw started her acting career in television commercials, including one for the Polaroid Swinger camera. MacGraw gained critical notice in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus, but real stardom came in 1970 when she starred opposite Ryan O'Neal in Love Story, one of the highest grossing films in U.S. history.7 MacGraw was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for that performance. Following Love Story, MacGraw was celebrated on the cover of Time magazine. In 1971, she was on fashion writer Richard Blackwell's worst-dressed list.8
In 1972, after appearing in just three films, she had her footprints and autograph engraved at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. She then starred opposite Steve McQueen in The Getaway (1972), which was one of the year's top ten films at the box office. Having taken a five-year break from acting, in 1978 MacGraw re-emerged in another box office hit, Convoy (1978), opposite Kris Kristofferson. She then appeared in the films Players (1979) and Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), directed by Sidney Lumet.
In 1983, MacGraw starred in the highly successful television miniseries The Winds of War. In 1984, MacGraw joined hit ABC prime-time soap opera Dynasty as Lady Ashley Mitchell, which, she admitted in a 2011 interview, she did for the money.9 She appeared in 14 episodes of the show before her character was killed off in the infamous "Moldavian wedding massacre" cliffhanger episode in 1985.
Having become a Hatha Yoga devotee in her early fifties, MacGraw produced a yoga video with the American Yoga Master Erich Schiffmann, Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind and Body. This video was a bestseller upon release and still popular more than a decade later. The video's impact was such that in June 2007 Vanity Fair magazine credited MacGraw with being one of the people responsible for the practice's recent popularity in the United States.
MacGraw made her Broadway theatre debut in New York City in 2006 as a dysfunctional matriarch in the drama Festen (The Celebration). In 2008 GQ magazine listed her in their "Sexiest 25 Women in Film Ever" edition.11
In July 2006, MacGraw filmed a public service announcement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), urging residents to take their pets with them in the event of wildfires.12 In 2008, she wrote the foreword to the book Pawprints of Katrina13 by author Cathy Scott and photography by Clay Myers about Best Friends Animal Society and the largest pet rescue in U.S. history.14 An animal rights advocate throughout her life, she received the Humane Education Award by Animal Protection of New Mexico for speaking out about animal issues.15
MacGraw has acknowledged having had an abortion in her early 20s when the procedure was illegal.16 After college she married Harvard beau Robin Hoen, a banker, but they divorced after a year and a half.17
On October 24, 1969, MacGraw married film producer Robert Evans; their son, Josh Evans, is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter. They divorced in 1972 after she became involved with Steve McQueen on the set of The Getaway, whom she then married on August 31, 1973, and divorced in 1978.
MacGraw dated actor Peter Weller,18 her co-star in Just Tell Me What You Want, and had an on and off relationship with musician Bill Hudson in the early 1980s.19 She was also romantically involved with entertainment executive Ron Meyer.18 In the late 1980s and early 1990s she had a relationship with actor and yoga teacher Rod Stryker.
When her former husband, Robert Evans, received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002, she accompanied him. Their grandson Jackson was born in December 2010 to Josh and his wife, singer Roxy Saint.20
|1968||A Lovely Way to Die||Melody|
|1969||Goodbye, Columbus||Brenda Patimkin||Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
|1970||Love Story||Jennifer Cavalleri||David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
|1972||The Getaway||Carol McCoy|
|1980||Just Tell Me What You Want||Bones Burton|
|1983||The Winds of War||Natalie Jastrow||TV mini-series|
|1985||Dynasty||Lady Ashley Mitchell||TV series (14 episodes)|
|1986||Murder Elite||Diane Baker|
|1992||Survive the Savage Sea||Claire Carpenter||TV film|
|1993||Gunsmoke: The Long Ride||Uncle Jane Merkel||(TV)|
|1994||Natural Causes||Fran Jakes|
|2002||The Trail of the Painted Ponies||Narrator|
|2005||Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah||Herself|
|2007||Do You Sleep in the Nude?||Herself|
- Made two appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, once in 1990, then in the farewell season in 2011.
- "Ali MacGraw Biography (1939-)". Film Reference. Advameg. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
- Weller, Sheila (March 2010). "Once in Love with Ali". Vanity Fair. p. 5. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2011. "In the original version of this article, Ali MacGraw’s age last April was originally stated as 71. She turned 70 last April. We regret the error."
- Poll Names Charles Bronson, Ali MacGraw, Sean Connery
- Kleiner, Dick (1969-04-12). "Ingenue Star Ali Mcgraw Is Selective About Parts". Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
- Bykofsky, Stuart D. (1983-02-04). "ALI MACGRAW: A STAR BY CHANCE". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
- New York magazine, April 3, 2006, pp. 69–70
- "DOMESTIC GROSSES". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
- Yahoodead link
- http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/01/15/ali-macgraw-reflects-on-her-career-in-front-of-the-camera/ Ali McGraw Reflects on Her Career in Front of the Camera
- People magazine, "Beautiful Through the Years," May 12, 1997
- "GQ magazine names the sexiest 25 women in film ever". Boxwish. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "PETA Offers Southern California Residents Urgent Information for Safeguarding Animals During Evacuations". People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "PAWPRINTS OF KATRINA tells stories of animal recuse in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina". Wileyptnews.com. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned". Prweb.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "Animal Protection of New Mexico, Inc.". Apnm.org. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- By Ali MacGraw (1985-08-05). "When Abortion Was Illegal - Personal Tragedy, Coping and Overcoming Illness". People. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- Ali MacGraw Hopes War Finally Will Bring Her Peace
- "About Ali MacGraw". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- Internet Movie Database: Josh Evans - Biography
- "Ali MacGraw, Defining Beauty". CBS News. 2007-12-05.
- "Ali MacGraw's Definition of Love (Love Story Reunion Show)". The Oprah Winfrey Show. October 11, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ali MacGraw.|
- Ali MacGraw at the Internet Movie Database
- Artists Direct biography
- People magazine interview, February 14, 1983