‘Love Story’ star Ali MacGraw has spoken out after the death of her director and dear friend, Arthur Hiller, who passed away on August 17 at the age of 92. Click through to read her heartbreaking statement.
“Arthur Hiller was an integral part of one of the most important experiences of my life. He was a remarkable, gifted, generous human being and I will miss him terribly. My heart and love go out to his family,” Ali’s statement reads.
Arthur passed away in Los Angeles on August 17 of natural causes, according to a statement released by the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Arthur, 92, served as academy president from 1993 to 1997. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “I was a member of the Board during his presidency and fortunate enough to witness firsthand his dedication to the Academy and his lifelong passion for visual storytelling.”
Arthur was an incredible director and writer, responsible for some of the finest films of a generation. This includes the 1970 film Love Story, one of the most significant romantic dramas — maybe the ultimate. Ali MacGraw starred as Jenny, a lovestruck student who falls for her polar opposite in Oliver (Ryan O’Neal). Let’s just say you’ll need to break out the tissues for this one.
Arthur was nominated for Best Director at the 1971 Oscars for Love Story; at the 2002 Oscars, Arthur was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In two decades, Arthur made over two dozen films, a mix of comedies and dramas, and didn’t stop creating until he was well into his 80s. He’ll be sorely missed.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Ali, as well as Arthur’s other loved ones during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.