Nine years later, they met again on the set of "Cleopatra." They fell madly (and publicly) in love and were denounced by the Vatican.
Nicknamed "The Battling Burtons," the explosive couple married, divorced, remarried, re-divorced and married others, all while making 11 films together.
me,” says Ali Mac Graw as we sip tea in the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge.
The enduring icon of the brief, shining era named for that worldview (“The Return to Romance” was *Time’*s cover in January 1971, with a painting of Mac Graw wearing a ribboned choker at her throat) lives far away from Hollywood now, devoting herself to community service in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ” the maître d’ exclaims as she strides in, barefaced, long-legged, stunning in jeans and a white kurta) and the hotel “are ”It was here, in March 1969, that the unreconstructed East Coast girl woke up in “a suite larger than any apartment I’d ever lived in,” startled at her instant transformation from photographer’s stylist to co-star of It was in this lobby, a few months later, that she waited to discuss another project with Paramount’s head of production, Robert Evans.
"I was stupid and new enough in the business to think it was always like that." Added O' Neal, 73: "It's the best time I ever had on a movie.
But in 2011, she was buried holding his last love letter, written to her three days before his death.“The William Morris Agency had been everywhere with that script, and no studio, no independent, would buy it,” recalls Arthur Hiller, who eventually directed the film.People thought it “mawkish,” says Evans, but he was besotted with Mac Graw.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Actors Ali Mac Graw, left, and Ryan O' Neal drive up in an antique MG convertible on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Monday Feb.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) There's more good news for fans of the movie: The duo will be sticking together for at least a few more months, as they've rekindled that on-screen romance as new characters in a touring production of the play "Love Letters." That show chronicles the ups and downs of a love spanning 50 years. It's a very well-written story, and I think they will be moved." Actors Ryan O' Neal, left, and Ali Mac Graw walk on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Monday Feb.