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'Love Story' stars Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal reunite at Harvard

The romantic drama was nominated for Best Picture at the 1971 Academy Awards.

By Annie Martin
'Love Story' stars Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal reunite at Harvard
Ryan O'Neal (R) and son Patrick at the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings game on April 18, 2012. The actor reunited with "Love Story" co-star Ali MacGraw at Harvard this week. File Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/UPI | License Photo

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Love Story stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal reunited Monday, more than 45 years after the romantic drama opened in theaters.

The 76-year-old actress and 74-year-old actor, who played Jenny Cavalleri and Oliver Barrett IV, visited Harvard University -- the place where their characters first met -- arriving in an MG convertible reminiscent of their car in the movie.

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MacGraw and O'Neal visited the campus to reflect on the film and promote their play Love Letters. The A.R. Gurney play, directed by Gregory Mosher, launched a national tour in 2015, and will run Feb. 2 to 7 in Boston.

"Ryan and I clicked immediately," MacGraw told the audience. "I just think we have a chemistry and a caring for each other."

Love Story opened in 1970 and follows the doomed romance between the working-class Jenny and upper-class Oliver. MacGraw previously told People it feels "great" to reunite with O'Neal decades later, saying their "chemistry has not changed."

"We still feel the same about each other," the actress said. "Ryan is so funny, so good and he is such a star, that I am terrified and excited to be reunited with him on stage."

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"Working together again is a dream come true," O'Neal added. "Ali is an original. She is giving and sensitive to others, and we have never had an argument or cross word all of these years."

Love Letters, which debuted off-Broadway in 1989, will continue to tour into June. MacGraw is also known for playing Natalie Jastrow on The Winds of War and Lady Ashley on Dynasty, while O'Neal portrayed Max Keenan on Bones.

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