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Ali MacGraw
Born Alice MacGraw
April 1, 1938 (1938-04-01) (age 71)
Pound Ridge, New York
Occupation Actor, author, animal activist
Spouse(s) Robin Hoen (1961-1962)
Robert Evans (1969–1972)
Steve McQueen (1973–1978)

Alice "Ali" MacGraw (born April 1, 1938)[1] is an American actress.


Early life

MacGraw was born in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York, the daughter of commercial artists.[2] MacGraw has described her father as "violent."[3] MacGraw's maternal grandfather, Maurice Klein, was a Jewish immigrant from Budapest, Hungary.[4] She has one brother, Dick, an artist.


An alumna of Rosemary Hall (now Choate Rosemary Hall) and Wellesley College, she began working in 1960 as a photographic assistant at Harper's Bazaar, as an assistant to the legendary fashion maven, Diana Vreeland, at Vogue, as a fashion model, and as a photographer's stylist. She has also worked as an interior decorator. MacGraw also appeared in several television commercials including the one for the Polaroid Swinger camera.

She gained notice in Goodbye, Columbus, but real stardom came in 1970 with Love Story, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Following this, MacGraw was featured on the cover of Time magazine. In 1971, she also appeared on Richard Blackwell's worst-dressed list.[5]

In 1972, after appearing in only four films, she had her footprints and autograph engraved at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. In 1972, she co-starred in the action adventure film The Getaway with Steve McQueen, whom she married in 1973. Taking a break from acting, she re-emerged in the 1978 film Convoy, Players (1979), Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), and then the 1983 television miniseries China Rose and The Winds of War. In 1984, MacGraw joined the hit ABC prime-time soap opera Dynasty as "Lady Ashley Mitchell". She appeared in 14 episodes of the show before her character became one of the few casualties of the infamous "Muldavian wedding massacre" cliffhanger in 1985.

MacGraw wrote an autobiography, Moving Pictures (which she now states was "not well written"), which described her struggles with alcohol and male dependence. She was treated for the former at the Betty Ford Center. In 1991, People magazine chose her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Since 1994, she has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after "fleeing Malibu".[6] Having become a Hatha Yoga devotee in her fifties, she made a Yoga video with the American Yoga Master Erich Schiffmann, Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind and Body, which was a bestseller upon release and was still popular more than a decade later. The video's impact was such that in June 2007 Vanity Fair magazine credited her for being one of the people responsible for the practice's recent popularity in the United States. In keeping with her interests, she narrated a documentary, The Fire of Yoga, in 2003.

She made her Broadway theatre debut in New York City in 2006 as a dysfunctional matriarch in the drama Festen (The Celebration). She was also included in a Seventeen magazine issue for inspiring hairstyles.

In 2008, GQ magazine listed her in their Sexiest 25 Women in Film Ever for her 1972 role with Steve McQueen in The Getaway.[7][8]

In 2009, she appeared as the lead actor in Macy's TV commercials about its clothing line.

Animal welfare

In July 2006, MacGraw filmed a public service announcement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), urging residents to take their pets with them in the event of wildfires.[9] In 2008, she wrote the foreword to the book Pawprints of Katrina[10] by author Cathy Scott about Best Friends Animal Society and the largest pet rescue in U.S. history.[11] An animal rights advocate throughout her life, she was given the Humane Education Award by Animal Protection of New Mexico for speaking out about animal issues.[12]

Personal life

MacGraw has stated that she had an illegal abortion when she was in her early 20s.[13] From 1961 to 1962, she was married to banker Robin Hoen. On October 24, 1969, MacGraw married film producer Robert Evans, becoming the third of his seven wives. Their son, Josh Evans, was born on January 16, 1971. The couple divorced in 1972 after she became involved with Steve McQueen on the set of The Getaway. Despite being divorced from him, she and Evans are on good terms and have since made several public appearances together. MacGraw married McQueen on July 13, 1973. McQueen filed for divorce in 1978 after he became involved with another woman. MacGraw has not since remarried. Her daughter-in-law is actress Charis Michelsen.

She divides her time living in her homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California.


Year Film Role Notes
1968 A Lovely Way to Die Melody
1969 Goodbye, Columbus Brenda Patimkin Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1970 Love Story Jennifer Cavalleri David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1972 The Getaway Carol McCoy
1978 Convoy Melissa
1979 Players Nicole Boucher
1980 Just Tell Me What You Want Bones Burton
1983 The Winds of War Natalie Jastrow TV mini-series
China Rose Rose (TV)
1985 Dynasty Lady Ashley Mitchell (14 episodes)
1986 Murder Elite Diane Baker
1992 Survive the Savage Sea Claire Carpenter TV movie
1993 Gunsmoke: The Long Ride Uncle Jane Merkel (TV)
1994 Natural Causes Fran Jakes
1997 Glam Lynn Travers
1999 Get Bruce Herself
2002 The Trail of the Painted Ponies Narrator
2005 Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah Herself
2007 Do You Sleep in the Nude? Herself


  1. ^ Ali MacGraw at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Ali MacGraw Biography (1939-)". 1939-04-01. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  3. ^ New York magazine, April 3, 2006, pp. 69–70
  4. ^ Bykofsky, Stuart D. (1983-02-04). "ALI MACGRAW: A STAR BY CHANCE". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2008-04-19.  
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Ali MacGraw, Defining Beauty]
  7. ^ "GQ magazine names the sexiest 25 women in film ever". Boxwish. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  8. ^ "25 Sexiest Women". Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  9. ^ "PETA Offers Southern California Residents Urgent Information for Safeguarding Animals During Evacuations". People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  10. ^ "PAWPRINTS OF KATRINA tells stories of animal recues in the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina". 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  11. ^ "Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned". Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  12. ^ "Animal Protection of New Mexico, Inc. - 2001 Accomplishments". Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  13. ^ By Ali MacGraw (1985-08-05). "When Abortion Was Illegal - Personal Tragedy, Coping and Overcoming Illness".,,20091435,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  

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