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Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

by habituallychic

01 . 20 . 10

Love Story author Erich Segal died this past Sunday. He wrote the rich boy falls in love with a poor girl novel while as a professor at Harvard. The movie version is one of the all time great tear jerkers. Just hearing the Henry Mancini score makes me want to cry! Sniff sniff. Although, it might not be the best film ever made, it remains a classic as do the clothing worn by Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal as Jenny Cavalieri and Oliver Barrett IV. (“I love your name and your numeral.”) It’s like watching the Preppy Handbook come to life! Lauren Santo Domingo of Vogue loved Jenny’s camel hair coat from the movie so much she even had a designer copy it! I think I may have to watch Love Story tonight in memoriam. Also, so I can be reminded of their chic outfits and more importantly, that love means never having to say you’re sorry!

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  1. Laura Ingalls Gunn January 20, 2010 | 12:03 am

    It truly is a film classic. I get all choked up just thinking about it. Rest in peace Mr. Segal.

  2. the NEO-traditionalist January 20, 2010 | 12:51 am

    Ohhh I own this. I’ll watch in tonight too. Such a classic. The best camel coat a girl ever did see.
    XX Kate

  3. DONNA OWNER OF "ON A WHIM" January 20, 2010 | 1:54 am

    GREAT post, THANK YOU for the memories……

  4. Lindsey Conrad - Nabors January 20, 2010 | 2:38 am

    This is one of my all time favorite movies myself!!! Such a great “Love Story,” pun intended!!

  5. Amy January 20, 2010 | 2:41 am

    I loved this movie!!! Aahhhh!! So beautiful!

  6. HeatherClark January 20, 2010 | 2:49 am

    i actually have never seen this movie i’ll have to add it to my long list of classic movies i embarassingly have not gotten around to seeing

    although i find love means always having to say you’re sorry 😉


  7. 3StinkyBoysAndMe January 20, 2010 | 3:16 am

    I’ve never seen this movie. I’m going to check it out! Thanks for the post.

  8. Reggie Darling January 20, 2010 | 3:42 am

    Not only does this tear-jerker star two of the most talentless, wooden-acting, albeit easy on the eyes actors of their era, but it is based on an even more cringe-inducing book by the same name that sold a gazillion copies. Right up there with Valley of the Dolls in the pantheon of wonderfully (and unintentionally) awful movies of the latter half of the 20th century. A must-have in everyone’s collection of DVD guilty-pleasures. Here’s a trivia tid-bit: Al Gore claimed during his run at the presidency that the book was loosely based on him and Tipper, which Eric Segal then quickly debunked in the media, much to AG’s embarassment…

  9. Simply Luxurious January 20, 2010 | 4:12 am

    All right, my interest is MORE than piqued. I know what movie I’m watching this weekend. Can’t wait!

  10. Karena January 20, 2010 | 5:45 am

    I named my daughter after Ali’s Jennifer role in the movie!!

  11. Maya January 20, 2010 | 5:46 am

    You might get a kick out this link:

    Sitting and Knitting at the Beach.

    It’s a post on one of my blogs that has a little something on the woman who made a “fashionable” crochet hat for Ali.

  12. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll January 20, 2010 | 5:46 am

    Can’t even hardly watch this movie it makes me so sad. Thanks for the beautiful images. Feels like watching the movie. Hope you are well.

  13. Amy January 20, 2010 | 6:01 am

    How awful. This was a beautiful story that touched both my parents generation as well as my own.

  14. Penelope Bianchi January 20, 2010 | 6:46 am

    Hi there! That is a great memory…..will definitely watch it again…..Lordy!

    Of course; it led to an entire generation thinking something totally incorrect! Heather is totally correct!

    Love means…..you DO say you are sorry!! Many times!

    Then love lasts!


  15. Carol Ann January 20, 2010 | 7:42 am

    I always remember this film when someone says they don’t like a movie they have just gone to see…this movie was panned by the critics when it came out and my Mom said “lets not listen to them, lets go and see for ourselves”…well you know where this is going, it was a true classic masterpiece in everyway.
    I get a little choked up just looking at the pictures you posted…
    Rest in peace Mr. Segal and know you left us with great film for many generations of movie goers to see and enjoy.

  16. Mélanie January 20, 2010 | 8:08 am

    Such a classic and wonderful movie

  17. Erika January 20, 2010 | 10:36 am

    This is one good-looking movie that I would love to watch again soon. Preppy handbook indeed.

    The funny thing is, I agree with Heather “Candy” Clark. To me LOVE seems to mean always – or very often – having to say you’re sorry. When my children say that they are sorry, I have to say it too! They are too small to argue with so I guess a few sorry too much rather than too little is good. I have never said so many “sorry” as I do now, so I guess my children are teaching me something too.

    RIP Erich Segal. Thank you.

  18. La Maison Fou January 20, 2010 | 2:20 pm

    Yes, I saw this news, so saddening but the lovestory will live on!

  19. Modern Traditionalist January 20, 2010 | 3:11 pm

    This is a perfect film from the plot to the actors to the style to the soundtrack. One of my favorites. Although, I do need to have a three pack of Kleenex on hand when I watch it!

  20. Casey January 20, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    I wasn’t that impressed or moved by it, but then I knew it was supposed to be a tearjerker, which meant one of them probably died at the end.

  21. Brilliant Asylum January 20, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    I think my mom had Ali McGraw’s same wardrobe and hair-do’s when she was in college. Love this movie.

  22. Britni January 20, 2010 | 4:29 pm

    We used the same famous poems from their wedding in our wedding three years ago… you could hear the audible gasps from the crowd (those who are really in-the-know) when they recognized the famous works. We do hope that our story doesn’t have the tragic ending… Love that movie.


  23. a lovely being January 20, 2010 | 4:55 pm

    Ahh, Love Story.. I can’t watch it without hysterically sobbing. You know, makeup mogul Bobbi Brown says in one of her books that Ali McGraw was the first woman to show her that, contrary to the ideal the popular media was pushing at that time, beauty doesn’t have to be blonde.
    On a side note, Ali’s clothes in Love Story are TDF!

  24. Emily January 20, 2010 | 9:00 pm

    I love Ali McGraw and this movie! She’s so classic. Great post…

  25. Teresa Hatfield January 20, 2010 | 10:01 pm

    Aww… I loved the movie then, and I love the movie now. Such a classic!

  26. Malka Sabroe-JoHanson January 21, 2010 | 7:26 pm

    What lovely memories you shared with me this morning. Thank you,

  27. Easy and Elegant Life January 21, 2010 | 8:41 pm

    Supposedly based part of O’Neal’s character on Tommy Lee Jones — a roommate along with gore. Also, I believe, the first time the word “preppy” was used in print and I imagine on screen.

  28. Gaia January 21, 2010 | 11:15 pm

    One of my fav movie ever. I’ve cried so many tears whatching the movie and they were so beautiful, the music fantastic…So sad…

  29. Lumo January 22, 2010 | 8:40 am

    Love the movie, but to me love is to say I’m sorry even if it is hard to say.

  30. -h February 1, 2010 | 6:48 am

    I’ve never seen this one, but I loved everything Ali wore in The Getaway.

  31. mustang March 26, 2010 | 11:54 am

    I loved this movie, loved the clothes that Jennifer wore and was so depressed that I did not look as good as she did in hats.

    I can’t watch this classic without crying.

    But, I never quite “got” the tag line, “love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Just never got it because like others here, I think it means you must say you are sorry, especially when it’s hard.

    RIP Mr. Segal.

  32. Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself May 29, 2010 | 12:20 am

    Watching this now for the first time… OBSESSING over her clothes.