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Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw (born April 1, 1939) is an American actress. She first gained attention for her role in Goodbye, Columbus in 1969, for which she won a Golden Globe Award, followed by Love Story in 1970, for which she received an Academy Award nomination and won a second Golden Globe. She married actor Steve McQueen in 1973, after appearing with him in the 1972 film The Getaway. After that, MacGraw did not make another film for six years and later retired altogether from show business.
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MacGraw was born in Pound Ridge, New York, the daughter of commercial artists Frances (née Klein) and Richard MacGraw.
Her mother was of Hungarian Jewish background and her father was of Scottish descent. She has one brother, Dick, an artist. MacGraw has described her father as "violent".
Film and television
MacGraw is an alumna of Rosemary Hall (now Choate Rosemary Hall, class of 1955) in Wallingford, Connecticut and Wellesley College (class of 1960), Wellesley, Massachusetts. She began working in 1960 as a photographic assistant at Harper's Bazaar magazine, as an assistant to the legendary fashion maven, Diana Vreeland, where she stayed for six years. MacGraw also 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 several 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 with one of the highest grossing films in U.S history, Love Story. MacGraw was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for that performance. Following Love Story, MacGraw was featured on the cover of Time magazine. In 1971, she also appeared on fashion writer Richard Blackwell's worst-dressed list.
In 1972, after appearing in only four films, MacGraw had her footprints and autograph embedded in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. That same year, she co-starred in the action adventure film The Getaway with Steve McQueen. Having taken a break from acting during this time, MacGraw re-emerged in the films Convoy (1978), Players (1979), Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), and then the 1983 television miniseries China Rose and The Winds of War. In 1984, MacGraw joined the hit ABC prime-time soap opera Dynasty as Lady Ashley Mitchell, which, she admitted in a 2011 interview, she did for the money. She appeared in 14 episodes of the show before her character was eliminated in the infamous "Moldavian wedding massacre" cliffhanger episode in 1985. In 1991, People magazine chose her as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the World.
Having become a Hatha Yoga devotee in her 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 was still popular more than a decade later. The video's impact was such that in June 2007 Vanity Fair magazine credited MacGraw for being one of the people responsible for the practice's recent popularity in the United States. In keeping with her interests, MacGraw narrated a documentary, The Fire of Yoga, in 2003.
MacGraw made her Broadway theatre debut in New York City in 2006 as
a dysfunctional matriarch in the drama Festen (The Celebration). She
was included in a Seventeen magazine issue for inspiring hairstyles.
In 2008, GQ magazine listed her in their "Sexiest 25 Women in Film
Ever" edition for her 1972 role in The Getaway.
MacGraw acknowledged having had an abortion when she was in her early 20s and the procedure was illegal.
MacGraw's first marriage was to banker Robin Hoen from 1961 to 1962. She married her second husband, film producer Robert Evans, in 1969. Their only child, son Josh Evans, was born on January 16, 1971. The couple divorced in 1972 after MacGraw began an affair with actor Steve McQueen while filming The Getaway. She and McQueen were married in 1973. They divorced in 1978.
MacGraw's autobiography, Moving Pictures (which she now describes as "not well written"), revealed her struggles with alcohol and sex addiction. She was treated for the former at the Betty Ford Center.
Since 1994, she has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after "fleeing Malibu" when a house she was renting caught fire and burned down.
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