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Ali MacGraw Remembers Ryan O’Neal, Praises ‘Love Story’ Co-Star’s Generosity For Her Success

Ali MacGraw has issued a statement on the death of her co-star in Love Story, Ryan O’Neal, who died yesterday at 82.

“Working with Ryan, all those years ago, was one of the great experiences of my film career, and we remained friends ever after. He was a skilled actor, charming and funny too. I know that a huge part of my success was due to his generosity as my co-star. It has been devastating to know just how ill Ryan has been for many years now, and I was not surprised to learn that he had passed away yesterday morning. Thankfully, he was surrounded by his son Patrick and a small group of lifelong, close friends. My heart goes out to all four of his children and to the people who loved him most. Ryan and I worked together again several years ago with the road company for “Love Letters”. It was a wonderful experience, and I shall miss him and the fun we shared……and I pray that he will find Peace at last.”

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The romantic drama Love Story was released in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars including for both O’Neal’s and MacGraw’s performances and for Best Picture.

The two play a couple who marry despite being from different backgrounds and who must confront a tragedy.

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