Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal bring ‘Love Letters’ to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre

Love is breaking out in Baltimore. Or should we say the “second time around”? Nearly 50 years after starring together in Love Story, Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal have brought A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters to the Hippodrome Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Love Letters Press.
Ron Legler, Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Photo courtesy of the ‘Love Letters’ Press.

To mark this return of romance to Charm City, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proclaimed this “Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal Week” in ceremonies Monday at the Hippodrome. Also on hand was Ron Legler, president of the Hippodrome Theatre.

Looking fit and relaxed, the two graying stars joked about the good weather and accepted a printed proclamation from the mayor. “Will this help get us a table in restaurants?,” cracked O’Neal.

The actors also accepted souvenir Orioles caps from the mayor, which O’Neal immediately donned with a wide grin.


Love Letters, a two-person play told in exchanged correspondence by a couple over the course of a 50-year relationship is currently on a national tour. It opens June 7th and runs through June 12th at the Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center – 12 North Eutaw Street, in Baltimore, MD. For ticket, call Charge-by-phone at (800) 982-ARTS, or purchase them online.

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John Harding
Born and raised in Los Angeles, John Harding is an award-winning writer and editor. His features and reviews on film and theater have been published in the Washington Post and numerous other newspapers and magazines. Since 1982 he has covered D.C. and Maryland theater for Patuxent Publishing, and was arts editor for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He hosted a long-running cable-TV cultural affairs program and served numerous terms as chair of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. Also known for his fiction as John W. Harding, his newest novel is “The Ben-Hur Murders: Inside the 1925 'Hollywood Games.'” It grew out of his lifelong love of early Hollywood lore. It is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets.