‘Love Story’ author Erich Segal dies

Received Oscar nom for screenplay of film adaptation

Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home.

Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years.

A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for “Love Story,” directed by Arthur Hiller; the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” in 1968; and 1980’s “A Change of Seasons,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Shirley MacLaine and Bo Derek.

But it was “Love Story” that was his biggest hit. The film was nominated for seven Oscars including one for Segal for his screenplay, as well as best picture, director, actor (O’Neal) and actress (MacGraw). It won for original score by Francis Lai.

Even though critics panned it, the film was a blockbuster hit. A line from the film, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” became a catchphrase.

His last outing was 2008’s TV adaptation “Love.”

In later years he lived at Wolfson College, Oxford, where he was a fellow.

He is survived by his wife, Karen James; and two daughters.

More Film

  • Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as

    Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as CEO

    Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home. Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years. A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for […]

  • Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher'

    Hit Australian TV Series 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' Set for Movie Adaptation

    Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home. Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years. A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for […]

  • Director Abel Ferrara attends the New

    Italy's Vivo Film to Produce Abel Ferrara's 'Siberia', Other New Films (EXCLUSIVE)

    Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home. Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years. A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for […]

  • Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First

    Chinese Streaming Giant iQIYI Opens First Conventional Movie Theater

    Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home. Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years. A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for […]

  • 'Gotti' Review

    Cannes Film Review: John Travolta in 'Gotti'

    Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home. Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years. A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for […]

  • 'Murder Me, Monster' Review: Mystifying Art-house

    Cannes Film Review: 'Murder Me, Monster'

    Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home. Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years. A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for […]

  • A Quiet Place

    China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War'

    Erich Segal, who penned the best-selling novel “Love Story,” which was made into a hit Paramount movie in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, died of a heart attack Sunday in his London home. Segal, 72, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years. A Yale classics professor, Segal also wrote the screenplays for […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content