Love Story

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Love Story is a cloyingly sweet, yet sad, novel of college romance by Erich Segal.

The male romantic lead character was based on an amalgam of two real life college roommates, Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones.[1][2]


  1. Mr. Segal said: The character of the preppy Harvard hockey player Oliver Barrett 4th was modeled on both Mr. Gore and his college roommate, the actor Tommy Lee Jones. (New York Times)
  2. According to Time, Gore said that Segal "used Al and Tipper as models for the uptight preppy and his free-spirited girlfriend in Love Story." [1]