In December 1970, a little movie called Love Story made a big splash at the box office. People lined up to see the top-grossing film of the year, and millions fell for Ali, the film's raven-haired, smart-mouthed star.
"At the time, every woman wanted to be Ali—even I did," Oprah says. "And every man wanted to date her."
Love Story, which was based on Erich Segal's best-selling novel, went on to earn seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture. But, before Love Story's lead actress stole the hearts of fans and critics alike, Ali was best known for her cover shoots and commercials.