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Ali MacGraw: Life Story And Glamorous Photos From Her Career

Ali MacGraw is a former actress and fashion model, and everyone who lived through the ’70s knows her name, style, and persona despite her short-lived career. People’s magazine named her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world, and GQ also listed her in their “25 Sexiest Women in Film Ever” edition.

MacGraw did not intend to become an actress. After completing her graduation, she married her college sweetheart, Robin Hoen, but the marriage lasted only a year and a half. MacGraw worked as a photographic assistant to fashion maven Diana Vreeland at Harper’s Bazaar magazine for six years before entering into the acting and modeling world. She started her career as a fashion model for Chanel No. 5, she was noticed by an agent who suggested her an acting career, and she began appearing in TV commercials.

Acting Career

Ali MacGraw made her screen debut with a small role in the movie ‘A Lovely Way to Die Hard’ in 1968. Her career breakthrough came after her appearance in ‘Goodbye, Columbus,’ and she won a Golden Globe award as the “most promising newcomer-female.” She rose to fame with the role of Jenny in ‘Love Story (1970)’ and won another Golden Globe Award. MacGraw took a long break of 6 years and returned to acting in 1978. In 1983, she appeared in the mini-series ‘The Winds of War’, based on the novel by Herman Wouk.

Ali MacGraw’s marriages

MacGraw married her college sweetheart, Robin Hoen, before entering into acting and modeling career. The marriage only lasted only a year and a half. In 1969, she married film producer Robert Evans, and this marriage lasted for three years and ended after she became involved in a public affair with Steve McQueen. McQueen and MacGraw married in 1973, and she took a long break from her acting career. The couple divorced in 1978. MacGraw also dated Warren Beatty, Rick Danko, Bill Hudson, Ronald Meyer, Rod Stryker, Fran Tarkenton, Peter Weller, and Henry Wolf.

Life after the big screen and now

In the 1990s, after ending her acting career, MacGraw began to practice yoga, and she released a home video, Yoga Mind, and Body, that was a best-seller. In June 2007, Vanity Fair magazine credited MacGraw with being one of the people responsible for the popularity of Yoga in the US. She also wrote an autobiography, ‘Moving Pictures,’ and released a clothing line, ali4ibu. And now, MacGraw serves as the keynote speaker for the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Muse Luncheon, and she has also become an animal rights activist. Today MacGraw has no intention of going back to making movies or acting on stage.

Here below are some glamorous photographs from her career.

#1 Ali MacGraw with Dyan Cannon and Natalie Wood, 1970.

#3 Ali MacGraw with Ryan O’Neal during a scene from movie, Love Story, 1969.

#4 Ali MacGraw with Steve McQueen on the set of ‘The Getaway’, 1972.

#5 Ali McGraw with Phyllis George and Marlo Thomas, 1979.

#7 Ali MacGraw lies in a scene from the film ‘Just Tell Me What You Want’, 1980.

#10 Ali MacGraw in a orange patent leather jacket, polo shirt and navy wool box-pleated skirt, Glamour, 1967.

#11 Ali MacGraw in a bright red blazer and pleated navy skirt, Glamour, 1967.

#13 Ali MacGraw standing in a field modeling a blue belted shirtdress, 1968.

#15 Ali MacGraw in a white zippered jersey suit, 1968.

#16 Ali MacGraw reclining on a sailboat modelling a striped shirt and long shorts, 1967.

#17 Ali MacGraw in a black satin mini shirtdress, Vogue 1969.

#18 Ali McGraw poses for a portrait on March 27, 1969.

#19 Ali MacGraw with Ryan O’Neal during the making of ‘Love Story’, 1969.

#20 Ali MacGraw in a daisy-splashed cotton bikini, 1968.

#21 Ali MacGraw with Bob Evan during the making of ‘Paint Your Wagon’, 1969.

#22 Ali MacGraw during the premiere of “Hello Dolly”, 1969.

#24 Ali Mac Graw with her dog in Central Park, New York, 1970.

#25 Ali MacGraw wrapped in a blanket walking on the street, 1970.

#27 Ali MacGraw wearing a chinoiserie ensemble, 1970.

#31 Ali MacGraw at the Sherry Netherlands Hotel, 1971.

#32 Ali MacGraw with a guest at 43rd Annual Academy Awards, 1971.

#33 Ali MacGraw with her Husband Robert Evans at Airport, 1971

#34 Ali MacGraw with James Caan at the Premiere of “The Godfather” in New York, 1972.

#35 Ali MacGraw at Ma Maison Restaurant in Los Angeles, 1978.

#37 Ali MacGraw with Dean Paul Martin on the set of ‘Players’, 1979.

#38 Ali MacGraw with Dean Paul Martin on the set of ‘Players’, 1979.

#41 Ali MacGrow with David Dukes one the set of ‘The Winds of War: Miniseries’, 1981.

#45 Ali MacGrow during the making of ‘The Wids of Wars’, 1983.

#47 Ali Macgraw with Linda Evans and John Forsthe, 1984.

#50 Ali MacGraw with Ryan O’Neal during The 74th Annual Academy Awards, 2002.

#52 Ali MacGraw sepaks onstage during the Animals Asia: Kindness in Action at NeueHouse Hollywood, 2020.

#53 Ali MacGraw with Cheryl Tiegs on a sailboat during a fashion photoshoot, 1967.

Ali MacGraw with Cheryl Tiegs on a sailboat during a fashion photoshoot, 1967.

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#54 Ali MacGraw with James Caan at the Premiere of “The Godfather” in New York, 1972.

Ali MacGraw with James Caan at the Premiere of "The Godfather" in New York, 1972.

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