Ali MacGraw on find­ing in­ner peace af­ter heart­break and early show­biz fame.

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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-fa­mous-for-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!”

THE LAT­EST ABOUT YOUR “Be­ing present and lis­ten­ing is so im­por­tant,” says Ali. On the set of 1973’s Papil­lon with Steve McQueen With Ryan O’Neal in the 1970 ro­man­tic drama Love Story Ali in 1969, the year she won a Golden Globe for Most Promis­ing...

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