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‘I was stupid’: Love Story star Ali McGraw admits she should have taken money in divorces from famous ex-husbands – by Daniel Bates – Last updated at 7:42 PM on 6th January 2012

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2012 at 5:33 am

She shunned any money from her three ex-husbands because she thought it was the right thing to do.

But now veteran actress Ali MacGraw has revealed she regrets not asking for more because it left her on the brink of financial ruin.

The Love Story star said she feels ‘stupid’ for caving in to her exes including producer Robert Evans and screen icon Steve McQueen.

Her marriages effectively put an end to her own career meaning she had to rely on her husbands to provide for her.

But when all the relationships crumbled it left her nearly broke and for the last 17 years she has been forced to live a quiet and humble life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hopeless romantic: Ali did not want to take money from her ex-husbands

MacGraw, 72, told Town and Country magazine: ‘I had a romantic, ‘Aren’t I a good girl?’ take on divorce, but the truth is that was stupid.

‘When one stops working at the height of one’s career, it’s just stupid not to say, ‘I want to make sure I have a house.’’

MacGraw’s first marriage was to college sweetheart Robin Hoen, a banker, but they divorced after a year and a half.

She became famous after starring in ‘Goodbye Columbus’ in 1969 and ‘Love Story,’ for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.

Her performance also won the heart of Paramount Pictures producer Evans whom she married and had a son with, Joshua.

Two years later she she left him for McQueen after meeting him on the set of the Sam Peckinpah thriller ‘The Getaway’.
Love story: She left her second husband Hollywood producer Robert Evans for bad-boy actor Steve McQueen

Love story: She left her second husband Hollywood producer Robert Evans for bad-boy actor Steve McQueen

According to McQueen biographer Marc Eliot, their marriage was marked by rampant adultery and drug abuse on his side that fuelled his image as a Hollywood bad boy.

He communicated in grunts, beat her up and forced her to serve up meat and potatoes to him at 6pm on the dot, which he would eat on his own in front of the TV.

By 1978 – and after she miscarried his baby – they got divorced as her own life became consumed with alcohol-related problems. The pre-nup McQueen forced her to sign ensured she walked away penniless.

Macgraw took a break from acting and her career never fully recovered, although she did appear in the U.S. TV series Dynasty in the 1980s.

Car wreck: Ali and Steve’s relationship was marked by adultery and drug abuse

In an interview she said: ‘I haven’t made a living lately at all.

‘I’m much more famous than I am rich, but I’m able to scale back my lifestyle. I know a lot of people who were where I was who can’t imagine living any simpler, but I haven’t got a lot of expensive wants.’

Reflecting on her time in the spotlight, she added said: ‘People think it’s fabulous, but the truth of it is that it’s exhausting.

‘There’s so much craziness that comes along with being a movie star that you can get so confused. Unless you’ve spent your whole life waiting to be the centre of attention, it’s pretty terrifying.’

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Become less ethical over the years? Or compensating for age? Money cannot do that. Keeping ethical is another form of PC that is like being a vegetarian instead of eating meat. Try to take those words back Macgraw! Set an example as an older person, because this obsession with money for money itself is causing the downfall of ‘the West’, with statements like that leading the way to perdition.

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