Moving Pictures: An Autobiography

Ali MacGraw, Author Bantam Books $20 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-07270-9
In this candid, courageous autobiography, MacGraw discusses her artistic, emotionally cold parents, her schooling at Wellesley College and her stint as Diana Vreeland's ``girl'' at Harper's Bazaar . The focus, however, is on her struggle with addiction--alcoholism and ``male dependency''--that grew as her acting career and personal life sputtered. A sudden star in her first major role, in Goodbye, Columbus in 1969, and the following year with the even more popular Love Story , she felt immediately that she was ``in way over my head,'' mainly because of her fear of the camera (``I was scarcely trained at all as an actress''). Alcohol compounded problems and she continued to run after unavailable or hard-drinking or cold men. (Third husband Steve McQueen forbade MacGraw from working, yet convinced her to sign a prenuptual agreement that left her penniless after their divorce). In 1986, the actress spent a month at the Betty Ford clinic. Although she receives few film or TV job offers today, MacGraw is sober and ``growing up at last.'' Photos not seen by PW. Literary Guild alternate; first serial to Cosmopolitan. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1991
Release date: 04/01/1991
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-553-29551-1
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