Young tragic love was personified in the 1970 mega-hit “Love Story,” and the two gorgeous stars – Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal – will be back together Friday as they each receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Only now the idea of young love is a bit in the rearview mirror. MacGraw is 81 and O’Neal 79.
Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring “Love Story” stars MacGraw and O’Neal will be unveiled in a virtual ceremony Friday, three days after the release of a newly restored version of the 1970 romantic drama on Blu-ray.
The 11:30 a.m. ceremony will be streamed on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s social media platforms, including www.walkoffame.com, and its Instagram and YouTube pages.
The stars will be located at 7057 Hollywood Blvd., near Sycamore Avenue and the star of O’Neal’s longtime companion Farrah Fawcett, following the Walk of Fame custom of placing stars of artists who are related to each other or worked together next to each other.
The stars will be the 2,692nd and 2,693rd since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars and the first since the star honoring “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson was unveiled during the walk’s first virtual ceremony Aug. 14, one day before his 50th birthday.
The most-recent in-person ceremony was on March 3 for NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg.
Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones, who made his film debut in “Love Story,” and MacGraw’s son Josh Evans will join her in speaking. O’Neal will be joined in speaking by his son Patrick O’Neal, a host and reporter for the Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket regional sports networks, and David Boreanaz, who played his son-in-law on the 2005-17 Fox crime procedural “Bones.”
Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos is also scheduled to speak.
MacGraw received a best actress Oscar nomination and O’Neal a best actor Oscar nomination for their portrayals of a working-class Radcliffe College music student and a Harvard College hockey player from an upper-class family who meet, fall in love, marry then deal with her cancer diagnosis.
In her first film after “Love Story” — and third of her career — MacGraw co-starred with Steve McQueen in the 1972 action thriller “The Getaway.” MacGraw married McQueen in 1973, the year following her divorce from legendary producer and studio executive Robert Evans.
MacGraw took a five-year hiatus from acting following the birth of her son in 1971, returning to co-star with Kris Kristofferson in the 1978 action-comedy “Convoy.” She later appeared in “Players”; “Just Tell Me What You Want”; “Murder Elite”; “Natural Causes”; and “Glam.”
MacGraw’s television credits include the 1983 miniseries, “The Winds of War,” and 14 episodes of the ABC prime-time soap opera “Dynasty” in 1985.
“Love Story” helped make O’Neal one of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s. He co-starred with Barbra Streisand in the 1972 screwball comedy “What’s Up Doc?”; with his daughter Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon,” which was released in 1973; the 1975 period drama “Barry Lyndon”; the 1977 World War II drama “A Bridge Too Far”; the 1978 “Love Story” sequel “Oliver’s Story”; and re-teaming with Streisand for the 1979 boxing comedy “The Main Event.”
O’Neal’s 1980s film credits included the 1982 gay-themed buddy comedy “Partners”; the 1984 comedy-drama “Irreconcilable Differences”; the 1985 sports gambling drama “Fever Pitch”; and the 1987 crime mystery comedy-drama “Tough Guys Don’t Dance.”
O’Neal later turned to television, co-starring with Fawcett in the 1989 two-part ABC made-for-television movie “Small Sacrifices” and the short-lived 1991 CBS comedy “Good Sports.” He was also part of the cast of the 2003 NBC comedy-drama “Miss Match” and had a recurring role on “Bones.”