HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORED RYAN O’NEAL IN VIRTUAL DOUBLE STAR CEREMONY IN CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ICONIC FILM “LOVE STORY” AND VALENTINE’S DAY
WHO: Honorees: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Rana Ghadban
WHAT: Dedication of the 2,692nd and 2,693rd Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures
WHERE: The stars will be in place in their permanent location at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard
WHEN: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:30 AM
The event will be live-streamed exclusively on all of the Chamber’s social media platforms including www.walkoffame.com, www.instagram.com/hwdwalkoffame/ and https://www.youtube.com/user/HwdWalkofFame
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce was proud to honor O’Neal with the 2,693rd in the first virtual double-star ceremony in history. The double ceremony, which saw both stars dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures, took place on February 12 at 11:30 AM in honor of Valentine’s Day. The event live streamed exclusively on the Walk of Fame social media and at www.walkoffame.com.
O’Neal and MacGraw both received Oscar® nominations for their starring roles in the timeless, unmatched tale from the heart, LOVE STORY. Based on Erich Segal’s best-selling novel, LOVE STORY was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and became a cultural phenomenon, earning over $100 million at the domestic box office. The film spent 15 weeks at #1 in the U.S., continuing to expand to more theaters because of its popularity and ultimately becoming the top-grossing movie of the year.
In 2002, the AFI named it as #9 on its list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.
A timeless classic about the highs and lows of young love, the film remains as impactful as ever, 50 years after its original release. Newly restored for its anniversary, LOVE STORY will be available in a limited-edition Blu-ray™ on February 9th with collectible packaging, commentary by director Arthur Hiller, a look at the film’s impact, and more.
Born Patrick Ryan O’Neal in Los Angeles, Ryan trained to become a professional boxer, competing in two Golden Gloves championships in 1956 and 1957. He had an impressive amateur fighting record – 18 wins to four losses, with 13 knockouts. In the late 1950s, Ryan and his family moved to Germany for his father’s job writing broadcasts for Radio Free Europe. O’Neal continued his schooling at the Munich American High School until he landed his first job in the entertainment industry as a stuntman on the American television series Tales of the Vikings.
Ryan’s first major television role was on the daytime soap opera Peyton Place and his big break came when he was chosen from more than 300 hopefuls for the role of Oliver Barrett opposite Ali MacGraw in Love Story in 1970.
After Love Story, Ryan turned to comedy and starred opposite fellow Walk of Famer Barbara Streisand in the smash hit What’s Up Doc (1971). He then starred in The Thief Who Came To Dinner (1973). Ryan next played a drifter working con games with his daughter (played by real life daughter, Tatum) in the critically acclaimed hit Paper Moon (1973) for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor, and which won Tatum an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. Ryan then went on to star in Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 historical drama Barry Lyndon. After that he starred in Oliver’s Story, a sequel to Love Story. His other films include: The Driver, The Main Event and Irreconcilable Differences.
In 1979, Ryan met and fell in love with actress Farrah Fawcett. Ryan and Farrah co-starred in the made-for-TV miniseries Small Sacrifices (1989), based on the true story of Diane Downs. Ryan returned to episodic television, again co-starring with Farrah in 1991 in the sitcom Good Sports. Ryan’s other credits include Chances Are (1989) with Robert Downey Jr., Faithful with Cher (1996), and the comedic Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003). With more than 60 credits to his name, O’Neal has continued to be a Hollywood fixture, with appearances on popular series including Desperate Housewives, 90210, and Bones.
In 2015 – 45 years after their onscreen Love Story – Ryan reunited with Ali onstage for the national tour of Love Letters, which earned the pair rave reviews for their performances.
Ryan is on the board of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation which raises funds for those faced with mounting expenses during cancer treatment. He is also a huge supporter and contributor to Diamond Willow Ministries, which formed in 2002 for the purpose of building and strengthening the people of the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation.