Whatever Arthur asked of me, I did to the best of my ability. What about that shot required such months-long planning?
(It also, Evans says, made Hiller "a millionare many, many times over," certainly a nice perk.) Most starlets endure trials-by-fire in Hollywood, but with as a vehicle, Mac Graw had a gilded ascent, protected and championed by Evans and Hiller, to whom Mac Graw remained close until his death.Below, she shares her recollections of the film's director, its producer and stars, and how it changed all of their lives forever.?“Many, many, many people saw ‘Love Story’ at a specific time in their lives,” Mac Graw said.“It certainly was a big moment the year it came out, and I think they’re reviewing, whether they know it or not, their own choices over the decades.” Asked whether they had a favorite moment from the show that seemed to resonate most deeply, Mac Graw and O’Neal, unsurprisingly, settled on the same one.Even over the crackly connection of a transcontinental conference call, the warmth and admiration Ali Mac Graw and Ryan O’Neal feel for each other comes across with perfect clarity. Theirs is one of the longest-standing Hollywood friendships, extending from their memorable appearance together in the 1970 hit “Love Story,” through difficult relationships and personal battles splashed across the tabloids, through appearances together at Oscar ceremonies and public events and finally to their current project: Another turn as co-stars in a hit love story, Buffalo-born playwright A. Gurney’s perennial favorite “Love Letters.” Mac Graw and O’Neal have been touring the show, which opens Wednesday in the 710 Main Theatre, for the last six months.
And despite the fact that they came to the project with almost zero stage experience, they’ve been relishing every minute of the tour.
“Ryan has a speech about why he likes to write, which kills me every time,” Mac Graw said.
“It’s so beautifully written and so beautifully delivered.” “And then she gets the laugh at the end of my speech,” O’Neal shot back, with the sort of snark only old friends can tolerate.
“I don’t find one single moment of it artificial or forced,” Mac Graw said.
“You’re sitting next to each other, never looking at each other at all, at least not that much, and listening.
“I don’t think we want to talk about that, not in my case,” he said.