Love Story (Paramount, 1970)
Erich Segal wrote the best-selling novel and the 1970 film Love Story. Love Story starred Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw and is considered one
of the most romantic
films of all time. Love Story was the film debut of Tommy Lee Jones in the minor role of Hank Simpson.
Wealthy Oliver (O’Neal) falls in love with working-class Jenny (MacGraw). They marry despite Oliver’s father’s wishes. Unable to conceive, they discover Jenny is dying. Love Story was responsible for the iconic line: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Love Story won a 1970 Academy Award for Best Music Original Score and became the highest grossing film of 1970 in both the U.S. and Canada, grossing over $106 million. Today, it still remains in the Top 40 for domestic grosses of all time.
A sequel, Oliver’s Story came in 1978 and starred both O’Neal, MacGraw and Candice Bergen.