The Hermitage Artist Retreat presents its Muse Luncheon on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota. The keynote speaker will be acclaimed actor, author, and activist Ali MacGraw, who will share moments of her journey from Hollywood and the fashion industry, to her current passion as a social activist.
“The Muse Luncheon is about inspiration,” said Bruce Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage, “and Ali MacGraw has been on an inspiring journey her whole life, much of which has been out of the glare of the Hollywood spotlight. I can’t wait for our community to meet who Ali is now, and to find their own inspiration in her story.”
Ali MacGraw acting career began when producer Stanley R. Jaffe and director Larry Peerce offered her the leading role of Brenda Patamkin opposite Dick Benjamin in the screen version of Philip Roth's short novel, Goodbye Columbus. Her next film was Love Story, and it proved to be her major break. An original screenplay (and later a bestselling novel) by Erich Segal, the film earned MacGraw international fame, an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe award, and many additional honors worldwide. MacGraw’s third film, The Getaway, completed her trio of blockbuster films. After The Getaway, MacGraw took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood to raise her son Joshua, the son of Robert Evans. She returned to the screen to co-star in Sam Peckinpah's Convoy, with Kris Kristofferson. Her other film credits include Players and Just Tell Me What You Want, and TV’s The Winds of War and Dynasty. MacGraw currently lives in New Mexico. She travels extensively, appearing in documentaries and working on behalf of numerous social, animal and environmental causes.
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