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April 1, 2024

30 Vintage Photos of a Very Young Ali MacGraw in the 1960s

Ali MacGraw was born on April 1, 1939, in Pound Ridge, New York, to Frances (née Klein) and Richard MacGraw. She studied at the Rosemary Hall in Greenwich, Connecticut, and later at the prestigious Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. With a creative family background, she too wanted to pursue a career in arts. Her childhood wasn’t an easy one, as her parents were not affluent and had their own personal issues, which affected her childhood.

In 1960, at the age of 22, MacGraw began working as photography assistant with the editor of Harper’s Bazaar Diana Vreeland, and as a fashion stylist for Melvin Sokolsky at Vogue. Her natural beauty was noticed and soon she was asked to model for commercials. She appeared in television commercials such as Polaroid Swinger Camera. Her clean look, which needed little make-up, brought in a new fresh-face trend of looking more natural than made-up.

From modeling she turned to performing and began her acting career in 1968 with a small role in the movie A Lovely Way to Die. She was noticed in her next movie Goodbye, Columbus (1969), and earned critical acclaim. She was awarded the 1970 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer-Female.

During the filming of Goodbye Columbus, she became close to Paramount executive Robert Evans and the two got married in 1969. He also helped her in guiding her career.

In 1970, her role as a music student Jennifer Cavalleri opposite Ryan O’Neal in the major hit film Love Story brought her immense fame. She was nominated for the Academy Award and received her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Drama Category.

Here, below is a selection of 30 glamorous portraits of a young and beautiful Ali MacGraw in the 1960s:


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