What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died?
Well, that Ali MacGraw was in her early thirties when she portrayed her, for one thing...
When Love Story came out in 1970, it was huge. HUGE. Both the hardcover and the paperback were number one on the Times bestseller list at the same time. It brought the phrase "Love means never having to say you're sorry" and all its permutations into the lexicon. It inspired Roger Ebert to coin the term Ali MacGraw Disease: "A movie illness in which only symptom is that the sufferer grows more beautiful as death approaches." And it's singlehandedly responsible for making "Jennifer" the most popular girl's name of the '70s.
Here's a clip from the film of Ryan & Ali romping in Harvard Yard. What with the huge snowfall we're getting today, I felt it appropriate.