Happy on Her Own

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It wasn’t un­til Ali MacGraw left show­biz that she truly fell in love with her life. The tran­si­tion came as a to­tal sur­prise to the actress, who traded the glitz and glam­our of Hollywood for the dust and dry heat of Santa Fe, N.M., 24 years ago. “When I first came here I knew one per­son,” says Ali, 78, who shot to fame as the star of 1970’s tear­jerker ro­mance Love Story. But she soon found that “Santa Fe served me beau­ti­fully. I love still­ness. I love na­ture.” She doesn’t re­gret her years spent liv­ing in Los An­ge­les, she says, “but here I dis­cov­ered that ev­ery­body seemed to be start­ing a new life. It was mirac­u­lous. Now I feel like a whole per­son, whereas be­fore I was this not-very-good-at-what-I-did-but-got-fa­mous­for-what­ever woman. I know who I am now.” And after three failed mar­riages — to col­lege sweet­heart Robin Hoen, film exec Robert

Evans and ac­tor Steve McQueen — she’s con­tent to stay sin­gle for the rest of her days. Mar­vels Ali, “I can’t think of any­thing more un­pleas­ant [than dat­ing]. I’d rather get an­other dog!”

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