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.
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.