Not every superstar’s career begins in a big way. In the case of Ali MacGraw, there was very little indication that she would become an important personality in life. A late bloomer, Macgraw started out at the age of 22 as a stylist for American fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue and as the assistant of renowned American columnist Diana Vreeland, who was an editor at Harper’s Bazaar magazine at that time. However, these relatively modest jobs would help her switch to acting, which eventually launched her into the spotlight she had so much desired. Although Ali’s time in the glare of publicity was surprisingly short, she left behind an indelible mark in the industry. Keep scrolling to read the eventful life of the former actress and model.
Ali MacGraw’s Bio
The former actress was born to artists parents – Richard MacGraw and Frances MacGraw MacGraw in Pound Ridge, New York, on the first day of April 1938. She is an American belonging to the mixed racial background – her mother is Jewish and her father is of Irish-American ancestry. Ali has one brother called Dick MacGraw, who is an artist as well.
The former model had an unpleasant childhood. Her parents loved her so much but their own problems impacted her life so much that she almost gave up on her dreams. Ali was raised in a small home by her violent father who battled with hard drug addiction all through her childhood. Her mother got married to her father at the age of 40 and later became a school teacher. As regards her education, MacGraw spent her high school years at Rosemary Hall in Greenwich, Connecticut, after which she graduated from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
The Pound Ridge, New York-born star launched her acting career by appearing in television commercials. She also appeared in several movies including A Lovely Way to Die (1968), Goodbye, Columbus, Love Story, The Getaway (1972), and television series such as The Winds of War (her debut, 1983), China Rose Rose, Dynasty Lady, Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride (1993), Split Estate (2009), among others. Her role in Goodbye, Columbus earned her the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer while her superlative performance in the 1970 film Love Story won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Ali MacGraw was also honored with a hands and footprints ceremony in 1972 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for her roles in the industry. She made her last appearance in the TV industry in 2009 and the last movie she appeared in was Get Bruce, which was released in 1999, eight years after she published her autobiography titled: “Moving Pictures”.
Ever since she became a screen idol, she has grown from being an exceptional actress to a woman who does so many many things for a living. Following her shift from the limelight, she decided to dedicate her time to writing, designing, and activism. She also banks as a spokesperson and has a clothing line called ali4ibu. From her different endeavors, MacGraw has garnered an impressive net worth of $6 million.
Her Ex-Husbands and Incredible Love Story
Ali MacGraw is no stranger to marriage and divorce. She made her first attempt at marriage in the early 1960s when she walked down the aisle with her college lover, Robin Hoen. After a year and six months, the two decided to go their separate ways for good.
MacGraw entered her second marriage in the year 1971, tying the knot with American iconic producer Robert Evans, with whom she had her only son – Josh Evans. Robert and the former model broke up two years later after the former found out that his then-wife was having an affair with Beech Grove, Indiana-born actor Steve McQueen. Being notable stars, there was no way that a high-profile affair between Ali and McQueen could be kept secret for a long time. So, not long after, the public eventually found out about it and the actress decided to officially divorce her husband. The couple finalized their divorce in 1972 and the following year, she officially got married to Steve.
However, like her previous relationships, the former actress’ marriage to the actor crashed after five tumultuous years together, leading to their divorce in 1978.
If you are wondering what the former actress is up to now, we can state that MacGraw is doing great like in the past. She has not slowed down a single bit, as she is still involved in a whole lot of things. She is into activism and philanthropy. When Ali MacGraw is not busy, she spends her time practicing Yoga.
Ali also promotes her clothing line and enjoys a cordial relationship with her only son Josh, who has carved out a niche for himself in the movie industry. He is a well-versed producer, director, an actor, and a father of one. Josh shares a son named Jackson (born December 2010) with his wife, singer Roxy Saint.
MacGraw once shared in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she has learned a lot of lessons from her life as a superstar, mother, and an ex-wife to three men.