He was a rich Harvard boy, she was a poor Radcliffe girl, and together, they made one of the most romantic films of all time. We are, of course, talking about the 1970 classic film Love Story featuring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal in their star-making roles.
Filmed on the Harvard campus, the film was a box office smash and received seven nominations, including ones for both MacGraw and O'Neal. Though the film, based on Erich Segal's beloved novel, was very much a film of the time—and a piece of fashion history—the story has remained appealing to generations even 45 years later.
This is why people are quite excited that MacGraw, 76, and O'Neal, 74, are reuniting in a national tour of the traveling play Love Letters, which is kicking off with a one-week run in Boston, starting today. The play is about old friends who stay connected through letters even though they are married to other people. The two stars even drove around in a vintage MG convertible, similar to the one O'Neal's character drove in the film, on the Harvard campus before speaking at a discussion panel on their careers.
"Love Letters" includes performances in Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas, and Baltimore, in addition to Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center, Shubert Theatre. "It feels so great to be reunited," MacGraw told People in July. "Our chemistry has not changed. We still feel the same about each other." Good to see some things never change.