Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal who proved that “love means never having to say you’re sorry” swapped stories at the university that served as the setting for their iconic film, Love Story.
According to Page Six, one revelation shared was just how little MacGraw was paid — $20,000 — for playing Jenny.
The actress shared this while reminiscing with O’Neal about the movie at Harvard University on Monday.
MacGraw said she didn’t complain because the pay was a “lot of money” for her in those days. O’Neal joked that his salary didn’t even cover his alimony payments to Leigh Taylor-Young, whom he divorced in 1973.
— Hollywood News Now (@hollywoodnewz) February 2, 2016
The film chronicles the love story of a rich boy and a girl from the other side of the tracks, from their collegiate days at Harvard University to her tragic death to cancer at the age of 25. The film made grown men weep.
MacGraw and O’Neal visited Harvard some 45 years after the film was released and spoke with students about their memories of their time on campus filming the classic movie.
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) February 1, 2016
MacGraw said being at Harvard brought back fond memories that few of her subsequent experiences in film ever matched.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful adventure that was followed by some pretty dramatic stuff in my private life,” she noted,
MacGraw, who dealt with addiction for years, walked away from acting in the years after her breakout role in Love Story, which was a huge box office success that received seven Academy Award nominations.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) January 31, 2016
O’Neal shared that cancer has played a big part in his life – as it had for his character in the movie. He recently battled leukaemia, but the disease is now in remission.
He also alluded to the death of his long-time companion, actress Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer in 2009.