One of the most beautiful escapes from cinema. This Sunday, May 30, 2021, Arte is showing the film Papillon, released in 1973. Inspired by the fate of Henri Charrière, the feature film highlights Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen, who plays the character of Henri “Papillon”, an accused man of a murder he did not commit. For several years, Steve McQueen was in a relationship with Ali MacGraw. The lovebirds were one of the most glamorous couples in American cinema during the 1970s. Only all was not rosy between them, far from it …

Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw met in 1971. The actor was at the height of his fame by then, and she was starting a glorious career. The two discovered each other on the set of Robert Evans’ film Le Guet-apens, in which she played his wife. Between the two actors, love at first sight was immediate only she was married to Robert Evans precisely. Finally, Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw succumbed to their passion and lived a romance, report our colleagues from Télé Star. The two married in the summer of 1973 and moved to a seaside villa near Malibu. With them lived Joshua, the son of Ali MacGraw and Robert Evans, as well as Chad, the son of Steve McQueen born from his previous marriage to actress Neile Adams.

Ali MacGraw fled Steve McQueen after five years together

Only the spouses did not see the relationship of the couple the same way, writes Yahoo Style. And for good reason, Steve McQueen wanted his wife to be entirely devoted to him. He wanted her to be a housewife and quit the movies. And that’s what she did. Ali MacGraw cut herself off from the world of the seventh art, did not leave the house and was even struck by the actor, especially when he was drinking. The actress, submissive, deceived and abused, would have let go to the point of sinking into depression and alcohol. It was finally after five years of living together that the mother of the family decided to leave the home. In 1978, she ran away with her son and a few books, nothing more. Despite a desire to return in front of the cameras and on film sets, his career has never taken off as before. “I found myself filming atrocious things, especially the Dynasty series, just for the money. I can always take comfort in telling myself that my beginnings were respectable!”, She confided to Vanity Fair, in 2019.

Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw © SOLAR PRODUCTION

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