In a statement, actress Ali MacGraw recalled working with Ryan O’Neal, who died on Friday, on the cult melodrama “Love Story.” “Ryan was a great actor, a charming and funny man. I know that I owe a large part of my professional success to working with him,” she wrote.
Ryan O’Neal, an actor known for his role in the film “Love Story”, died on Friday. He was 82 years old.
“Love Story” was a huge box office success and received seven Oscar nominations. The film shot by Arthur Hiller is described by film historians as the most famous melodrama since “Gone with the Wind” and “Casablanca”. The film tells the love story of a Harvard student from a wealthy family, played by O’Neal Oliver, who marries a poor student, Jennifer, despite his parents’ opposition. However, doctors soon diagnose the girl with leukemia, which turns out to be fatal.
“A great actor, a charming and funny man”
Ali MacGraw played the role of Jennifer. In a statement released after O’Neal’s death, she recalled collaborating on “Love Story.” Its content was published by CNN.
“Working with Ryan was one of my best acting experiences. Since then, we have been friends,” wrote the actress.
She added that O’Neal was “a great actor, a charming and funny man.” “I know that I owe a large part of my professional success to working with him. It was devastating for me when I heard about his long-term illness. I was not surprised that he passed away,” she admitted.
“Fortunately, he had his son Patrick and a small group of his closest friends by his side. My thoughts are with his children and all the people who loved him,” MacGraw wrote.
“I will miss Ryan and all the good times we had together. I pray that he finally finds peace,” she concluded.
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