The actors are speaking by phone, on a conference line, with O’Neal patched in from his Malibu, California, home, and Mac Graw speaking from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she’s lived for decades.
There is much banter and laughing in between questions, with Mac Graw breaking up over O’Neal’s jokes, while he provides a continuous, self-deprecating commentary as a backdrop to her more serious responses. And I have to use restraint,” he said, with some emotion. ”The characters they play in “Love Letters,” Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, would be described as preppies, if that word was in currency today.
Whether that's to learn or to procreate, I don't know.
When the curtain opens Tuesday night at the Fisher Theatre and Ali Mac Graw and Ryan O’Neal emerge, there will be more going on in the minds of theater-goers than just the lines the two actors speak in the play “Love Letters.”When Mac Graw, 76, and O’Neal, 74, interact, it sets off cascading memories for the onlooker of a certain age, tapping into your pop cultural subconscious. “I don’t think there’s a fake, stretching moment in it, as written.
She has been in four celebrity relationships averaging approximately 3.1 years each. Age: 79 (4/1/1938)Occupation: Entertainment - Actress Most Famous For: "Love Story" "When you have four children together, you're always going to have a connection.
We’ve been told that there’s a terrific young vibrant theater scene there.”“Detroit was the heart of America,” O’Neal said. Interestingly, much like their characters in “Love Letters,” Mac Graw and O’Neal have written each other — with pen and paper — dating back to 1970, and “Love Story.”O’Neal has kept Mac Graw’s letters. “She always said nice things, and she had beautiful handwriting,” O’Neal said. It was fascinating.”Mac Graw credits her second-grade teacher.“We had a very specific moment when we were taught to combine printing with a sort of Victorian cursive that everybody used to have to learn,” she said. Starring Ali Mac Graw and Ryan O’Neal Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. A number of actors had turned down the role including Beau Bridges and Jon Voight before it was offered to O'Neal.His fee was ,000; he had an offer that paid five times as much to appear in a Jerry Lewis film but O'Neal knew that Love Story was the better prospect and selected that instead. O'Neal appeared in a TV movie written by Eric Ambler, Love Hate Love, which received good ratings.As the feisty, doomed Radcliffe music major Jenny in “Love Story,” Mac Graw referred to the upper class Oliver as “Preppie,” a word she delivered with acid delight. That string of movies, starting with “Love Story,” pushed him into the No.Does she ever slip and call him “Preppie” in “Love Letters”? 2 male box office star ranking in 1973, with only Clint Eastwood above him.O'Neal attended University High School in Los Angeles, and trained there to become a Golden Gloves boxer.During the late 1950s, his father had a job writing on a television series called Citizen Soldier, and moved the family to Munich, where O'Neal attended Munich American High School.Those memories go straight back to their sweet-tart cinematic relationship of 46 years ago, when they played the tragic collegiate couple Jenny Cavalleri and Oliver Barrett in the wildly popular 1970 movie “Love Story.” The actors know that they represent more than just the sum of their parts, onstage. Also, there’s a richer feeling in it because we have 50 years to play, not just a few years, in our 20s.”“Love Letters” by A. Gurney tells the story of a couple’s romantic friendship through 50 years of letters they’ve exchanged. Having been on the road for several months with the play, are the actors more comfortable with the material? “It’s hard to be fresh every night, so I think, the same effort is put into it,” Mac Graw said.“We’ve widened it,” O’Neal said.“That’s the perfect word,” Mac Graw noted.“Our body language, and the way we say things seems to have expanded and become more effective,” O’Neal said. Some critics have proclaimed “Love Letters” to be better, less kitschy material in which the two can show off their fabled chemistry.“I’ll tell you something, this is a wonderfully written play,” Mac Graw said.In the background, O’Neal could be heard murmuring something that sounded like, “I tried.”Both actors are interested in Detroit; O’Neal’s former wife Leigh Taylor-Young, who starred in “The Big Bounce,” based on the Elmore Leonard novel, was from Birmingham. O’Neal recalls “driving up and down Woodward Avenue,” and managing Detroit boxer Hedgemon Lewis. Mac Graw was happy that the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection was preserved during the city’s fiscal crisis, and has been following the Flint water crisis from afar.