POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Pound Ridge’s Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw!
MacGraw, who was born in Pound Ridge, turns 76 on Wednesday.
MacGraw, an actress, was born April 1, 1939. She 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. She went on to star in the hit films "The Getaway" (1972) and "Convoy" (1978), and the 1983 television miniseries "The Winds of War." In 1991, she published her autobiography, "Moving Pictures."
In July 2006, MacGraw filmed a public service announcement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), urging residents to take their pets with them in the event of wildfires. In 2008, she wrote the foreword to the book "Pawprints of Katrina" about Best Friends Animal Society and the largest pet rescue in U.S. history. She received the Humane Education Award by Animal Protection of New Mexico for speaking out about animal issues.