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Happy Birthday To Pound Ridge's Ali McGraw

Ali McGraw, shown in 1972, turns 77 on Friday.
Ali McGraw, shown in 1972, turns 77 on Friday. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

BEDFORD, N.Y.-- Happy birthday to Pound Ridge's Ali MacGraw.

MacGraw, a native of Pound Ridge, turns 77 on Friday.

Actress, model, author and animal rights activist Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw was born April 1, 1939, to commercial artists Frances (Klein) and Richard MacGraw.

She attended Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., and Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass.

MacGraw first gained attention with her role in "Goodbye, Columbus" in 1969, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

She reached international fame in 1970's "Love Story," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

In 1972, MacGraw was voted the top female box office star in the world and was honored with a hands and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after having been in just three films.

MacGraw went on to star in the crime film "The Getaway" (1972) and married co-star Steve McQueen.

She later appeared in the action film "Convoy" (1978), and the 1983 television miniseries "The Winds of War."

In 1991, she published her autobiography, "Moving Pictures."

In 1984, MacGraw joined hit ABC prime-time soap opera "Dynasty" as Lady Ashley Mitchell. She appeared in 14 episodes of the show before her character was killed off in the infamous "Moldavian wedding massacre" cliffhanger episode in 1985.

MacGraw made her Broadway theater debut in New York City in 2006 as a dysfunctional matriarch in the drama "Festen."

In 2016, MacGraw reunited with "Love Story" co-star Ryan O'Neal in a staging of A.R. Gurney's play "Love Letters."

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