Ali MacGraw's "Exorcism" on Her 65th Birthday

Season 5 Episode 518
Aired on 09/28/2014 | CC tv-14
Like many women, actress Ali MacGraw had some trepidation about turning 65. "I was scared about all the things that we're taught we should start getting scared about," she says.

When the day came, she was staying at a friend's place in Mexico. She locked herself in a room with a journal and colored pens and began to write down all her fears about getting older. "It was like two days of drinking tea and writing my true scary stuff," she says. "I wrote them, and then I went, 'Okay, that's it.' And I felt like, 'I've got that one down. Now let's go on and live.' It was a very jubilant day."

"So it was an exorcism of sorts," Oprah says.

"It was a total exorcism," Ali says.

In the video above, watch Ali elaborate on that day and the fears she put to rest for good.

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