There was this extremely popular book called Love Story, written by Eric Segal. “Love Story became the top-selling work of fiction for all of 1970 in the United States and was translated into more than 20 languages. The novel stayed for 41 weeks in The New York Times Best Seller list, reaching the top spot.”
It was made into a 1970 American film, a romantic drama, written by Segal. “It was produced by Howard G. Minsky and directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, alongside John Marley, Ray Milland, and Tommy Lee Jones in his film debut in a minor role.” Segal had met Harvard students Jones and future US Vice-President Al Gore while Segal was there on sabbatical in 1968.
The “emotional family baggage of the romantic hero… was inspired by a young Al Gore.” But it was… “Jones who inspired the half of the character that was a sensitive stud, a macho athlete with the heart of a poet.”
I’ve never either read the book or seen the movie, which won an Oscar for Francis Lai in the Best Music, Original Score category, and garnered nominations for Minsky (Best Picture), McGraw, Ryan, Markey, Hiller, and Segal (adapted screenplay).
In part, it was the notion that, as Jenny (McGraw) Hsaid in the movie ads, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Even at a young age, I never believed THAT. In fact, the notion I found ridiculous.
Now I do believe, as the Temptations sang, Can’t Nothing Be Love But Love.
To that end, I’d LOVE to see each of your entries for ABC Wednesday. Sometime between the starting time and next week, I will be sure to lovingly visit each and every one.