Who is Ali MacGraw?
Ali is an American Academy Award-nominated actress, perhaps best known to the world as Brenda Patimkin in the film “Goodbye, Columbus” (1969) and as Carol McCoy in the film “The Getaway” (1972), among many other roles that she had during her career.
Where is Ali MacGraw Today?
Ali has been living far away from Hollywood since the mid- ’90s. She bought a house in Tesuque, New Mexico, and has lived there ever since. She practices Yoga and has several pets. She’s apparently found happiness away from the glitz and glamour, and has worked with PETA as an animal rights activist.
Ali MacGraw Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Ali MacGraw was born on 1 April 1939, in Pound Ridge, New York State, USA, to a mixed heritage family. Her mother, Frances Klein, was a commercial artist of Jewish descent, while her father, Richard MacGraw, was of Scottish and Irish descent and was a businessman. She had a younger brother, Dick, who tragically died of complications from measles when he was just six years old.
MacGraw grew up in a privileged family, and attended the private boarding school Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, where she was an excellent student and avid athlete. She then attended the women’s liberal arts Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, where she majored in art history.
Ali MacGraw began her career in the fashion industry as a stylist and photographic assistant with Harper’s Bazaar magazine in the early 1960s. While working there, she was discovered by famed fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky, who offered her a modeling job. MacGraw quickly became a popular model, appearing in numerous magazine spreads and advertisements. Moreover, Ali was a photographic assistant to fashion maven Diana Vreeland.
In 1965, MacGraw was named one of the top ten models in the world by Vogue magazine.
Model/actress Ali MacGraw, 1967. (Photo by Jean-Jacques Bugat) 🤩
MacGraw’s notable modeling accomplishments include being the face of Yardley cosmetics, and appearing on the cover of numerous fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Glamour. Her contract with Vogue was exclusive in the later ’60s. Her modeling career not only helped her gain exposure in the entertainment industry but also allowed her to hone her fashion sense and aesthetic, which would later influence her personal style and activism work.
To speak further of her work before acting, Ali was an interior decorator.
Transition to Acting
After gaining success as a model, Ali MacGraw transitioned to acting in the late 1960s. She made her film debut in 1968 with a small role in the mystery crime-drama film “A Lovely Way to Die”, starring Kirk Douglas, Sylva Koscina, and Eli Wallach.
Ali gained worldwide recognition for her role as Jennifer Cavalleri in the 1970 romantic drama film “Love Story” co-starring Ryan O’Neal. Based on the best-selling novel by Erich Segal, the film follows the tragic love story of a wealthy Harvard student and a working-class Radcliffe student, and was a commercial and critical success, earning MacGraw a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Following the success of “Love Story”, MacGraw starred in a number of other notable films, including the 1972 action film “The Getaway” co-starring Steve McQueen, and the 1978 drama film “Convoy,” co-starring Kris Kristofferson. She also appeared in the 1980 comedy-drama film “Just Tell Me What You Want”, directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starring Alan King.
MacGraw’s later film roles were less prominent, but she continued to act in film and on television throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Her notable TV roles include a guest appearance in the popular sitcom “The Love Boat” in 1984, and a recurring role in the long-running soap opera “Dynasty” in 1985.
In 1990, MacGraw appeared in the drama film “Women and Men: Stories of Seduction,” co-starring Beau Bridges, Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, which is an anthology of three short stories about relationships and seduction.
In 1991, she starred in the television movie “Survive the Savage Sea” based on the true story of a family’s struggle to survive after their sailboat was wrecked in the Pacific Ocean. MacGraw’s performance earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In 1994, MacGraw had a supporting role in the drama film “Natural Causes”, co-starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Katherine Helmond. The film follows a terminally ill man who seeks to end his life on his own terms.
Ali made her last on-screen appearance in 1997, as Lynn Travers in the drama film “Glam”, written and directed by Josh Evans and starring William McNamara, Frank Whaley, and Natasha Gregson Wagner.
According to authoritative sources, Ali MacGraw’s net worth is estimated at $6 million, as of early 2023.
Personal Life, Marriages, Relationships, Children
Ali MacGraw has been married three times. Her first marriage was to Robin Hoen in 1960, which ended in divorce in 1962.
She then enjoyed a string of romantic relationships ,and had one abortion in the process, which was illegal back then. Ali married producer Robert Evans in 1969, but the marriage also ended in divorce, in 1972. Before divorcing, she gave birth to their son, Josh Evans, who is now a successful actor, producer, and screenwriter.
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MacGraw’s third marriage was to actor Steve McQueen, whom she had met while filming “The Getaway” in 1972. They were married in 1973 and divorced in 1978.
After her third divorce, Ali never remarried but was in several high-profile relationships, including with Bill Hudson, Warren Beatty, Mickey Raphael, Peter Weller, and Henry Wolf, among several other celebrities.
She has openly spoken about her alcohol and sex addiction in her autobiography “Moving Pictures”. She spent time at the Betty Ford Center, where she was treated for sex addiction.
Appearance and Body Measurement
Ali MacGraw has black hair and brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.77m), weighs approximately 145lbs (65kgs), with vital statistics of 34-25-35, and bra size 38B.