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Ali MacGraw Biography

Birth Name:
Elizabeth Alice MacGraw
Birth Place:
Pound Ridge, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • After graduating college, moved to New York and worked as a fashion assistant to Harper's Bazaar and Vogue's editor
  • Was once sent a gift-boxed, imitation-pearl-encrusted live iguana from artist Salvador Dali after meeting at a cocktail party
  • Moved from fashion magazines to commercials to modeling before making her breakthrough acting performance in Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
  • Moved from Los Angeles to Santa Fe when her Malibu house burned down in 1993
  • Is an animal activist and is a yoga practitioner


  • 1971Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1970BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated
  • 1970Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner
  • 1970Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated