It’s one of the most romantic films of all time, and the stars of ‘Love Story’ — Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal — went back to where it all began. On Feb. 1, Ali and Ryan reunited at Harvard, 45 years after ‘Love Story’ was filmed at the Ivy League school.
Love means never having to say you’re sorry and it also means you can go home again. Ali MacGraw, 76, and Ryan O’Neal, 74, the actors that made Love Story a romantic staple, met for one more date at Harvard — four-decades after shooting their cinematic classic.
Ali and Ryan kicked off their reunion in style! The two rode up to Harvard on Feb. 1 in a classic antique convertible, similar to one they drove in the movie, reports TODAY. Ali and Ryan were in Boston to kick off the tour of the play, Love Letters. However, they could not resist the chance to revisit the university, and they even held a Q&A session with roughly 70 people and journalist Alicia Anstead.
“[Love Story] was a wonderful, wonderful adventure that was followed by some pretty dramatic stuff in my private life,” Ali said to Yahoo News, before mentioning she had struggles with addiction. As for shooting the film, “Ryan and I clicked immediately,” Ali added. “We just had a chemistry.”
They sure did – even though they were both married to other people at the time! That’s the power of acting. This reunion was just as epic as the one held at the 2016 SAG Awards. Another set of silver screen lovers, Leonardo DiCaprio, 41, and Kate Winslet, 40, met up in a sweet Titanic reunion! Aww – Rose and Jack, together again!
Love Story is especially cherished by the Harvard student body. The group, Crimson Key Society, hosts a screening of the movie each year as a rite of passage for incoming freshmen. Plus, at the event on Feb. 1, some students even wore black “Camp Tuckahoe” t-shirts, a reference to the summer camp in the movie. You can fall head over heels for Love Story by streaming it from Amazon.
The movie was also was a smash hit at the box office. It made $106 million during its original theatrical release, according to TODAY. When that total is adjusted for inflation, that’s the equivalent to making $650 million in 2016 dollars. Love Story was even nominated for seven Oscars, winning one for Francis Lai’s original score.
“It feels so great to be reunited [with Ryan,]” Ali told PEOPLE magazine when doing press for the play. In Love Letters, Ryan and Ali play friends who maintain contact through notes, cards and letters for more than 50 years. “Our chemistry has not changed. We sill feel the same about each other.” How sweet!
Are you a big fan of Love Story, HollywoodLifers? Are you thrilled to see Ali and Ryan together again?