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03 December 2020 08:41

Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw reunited 50 years after their iconic 1970 romance “Love Story” premiered in theaters.

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Get a daily dose of showbiz gossip straight to your inbox with our free email newsletter Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Love means never having to say you're sorry... and we make no apology for showing you the stars of Love Story 50 years on. A little more grey and a little less fresh-faced, Ali MacGraw, 81, and Ryan O'Neal, 79, were reunited to celebrate the golden anniversary of one of Hollywood's greatest-ever weepies. And Ryan, who has been married twice, said: "It's been a fast 50. The chemistry has managed to sustain itself for 50 years." Love Story was a surprise box office hit in 1970, making almost £100 million and landing seven Oscar nominations.

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(Image: Alamy Stock Photo) The story, which follows the romance between rich Ivy League student Oliver and working class Jen, made overnight stars of its leads. They admit to being haunted by Theme From Love Story, the mournful soundtrack, which won composer Francis Lai an Oscar. Ryan, who dated Farrah Fawcett, and Barbra Streisand, said: "Every time I went to a restaurant anywhere in the world, the band would start with Love Story. (Image: Town and Country) Ali, who was married three times, cringes at Jen's "Love means never having to say you're sorry" line. She tells Town & Country magazine: "It doesn't mean anything.

I've learned we can make terrible mistakes with people we love." She would have made it: "Try not to do it again and try to clean up the hurt." *Town & Country's December/January issue is out now. Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw reunited 50 years after their iconic 1970 romance "Love Story" premiered in theaters. In Town & Country's December/January issue, the actor, 79, and actress, 81, reminisce about their time bringing the film to life. "It's been a fast 50," O'Neal joked to the outlet. "I don't have those relationships with my wives!" "Love Story," directed by Erich Segal, details how a boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall head over heels before tragedy strikes the couple. Segal, who also wrote the book "Love Story" was based on, attended Wellesley College with MacGraw. 'LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE' STAR ALISON ARNGRIM SHARES MEMORIES OF CO-STARS STEVE TRACY, MICHAEL LANDON "I cried and I thought I was crazy," said MacGraw about reading the story for the first time. According to the outlet, it took a casting search of 1,000 contenders before O'Neal was chosen to co-star alongside MacGraw. O'Neal said that during his first screen test, the pair kissed so hard that he was certain the role was his. However, a friend later told him that MacGraw had kissed everybody like that. Still, O'Neal knew there was something special between the two. "The chemistry has managed to sustain itself for 50 years," he pointed out. STEVE MCQUEEN BECAME A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN, FOUND COMFORT IN BILLY GRAHAM BEFORE SUCCUMBING TO CANCER: BOOK O'Neal admitted he wasn't prepared for MacGraw's performance. "It all caught fire for me there," he said about being in character. "She put her arms around my head, my hair. I just couldn't stop crying. I loved her. I knew this would soon be over." Despite the bleak ending, "Love Story" achieved seven Oscar nominations and took in more than $130 million worldwide, rescuing Paramount Pictures from financial disaster, the outlet shared. "By the next day, there were lines around the block over the country, and then the world," said MacGraw on audiences flocking to see the romantic drama. "It was just stupefying," she added. "Totally insane." SOPHIA LOREN, 86, REVEALS THE REASON SHE CAME OUT OF RETIREMENT "Every time I went to a restaurant anywhere in the world, the band would start with 'Love Story,'" said O'Neal. "I guess you get used to it after a while. I don't know if I ever did." "Love Story" is still screened annually at Harvard for freshmen. MacGraw shared that students still scream out her famous line: "Love means never having to say you're sorry!" "It doesn't mean anything!" she told the outlet about the phrase. "I've learned that we can make terrible mistakes with the people we love." But 50 years later, there are still lessons to be learned. BO DEREK REFLECTS ON GIVING BACK TO AMERICAN VETERANS: 'THERE'S JUST SO MUCH WE DON'T DO FOR OUR HEROES' "Try not to do it again - and try to clean up the hurt," said MacGraw. "It's the truth."