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Entertainment Actor Ryan O'Neal FaceTimes Love Story fan living with Alzheimer's

15:20  29 october  2020
15:20  29 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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This is the heartwarming moment a woman living with Alzheimer's disease gets a surprise FaceTime from her favorite actor Ryan O'Neal after he learned she kisses his picture every night.

Erica Steiner's mother Robin has early-onset Alzheimer's and kisses the DVD box of O'Neal's 1970s weepie Love Story before bed, and wishes the actor 'good night'.

The veteran star, 79, reached out after Erica posted a video of her mother's nightly routine.

Footage shows O'Neal video calling Robin to say good night in person on October 23 in Westeros, Los Angeles.

a man and a woman taking a selfie: Robin Steiner, who has early-onset Alzheimer's kisses a picture of Ryan O'Neal every night © Provided by Daily Mail Robin Steiner, who has early-onset Alzheimer's kisses a picture of Ryan O'Neal every night

When the call begins, Robin says to O'Neal: 'I can see you, you're nice looking,' as she is asked if she knows who the actor is.

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Erica hands her mother the DVD case, and she looks between the picture and the phone screen to compare the two.

O'Neal, who played the romantic lead opposite Ali McGraw in the movie, asks Robin: 'Do you remember the movie Love Story?'

Robin replied: 'That's you?! No way! Now I'm going to cry.'

The trio laugh when Ryan replies: 'Me too,' but begin to get emotional.

O'Neal told Robin how he saw a video of her kissing a picture of him on TikTok, and she replies that she 'really appreciates' the call.

a woman talking on a cell phone: O'Neal, who played the romantic lead opposite Ali McGraw in the movie, asks Robin: 'Do you remember the movie Love Story?' Robin replied: 'That's you?! No way! Now I'm going to cry' © Provided by Daily Mail O'Neal, who played the romantic lead opposite Ali McGraw in the movie, asks Robin: 'Do you remember the movie Love Story?' Robin replied: 'That's you?! No way! Now I'm going to cry' a man and a woman looking at the camera: Robin's daughter Erica posted a TikTok video asking if anyone knew Ryan O'Neal so her mother could meet him because she is his biggest fan © Provided by Daily Mail Robin's daughter Erica posted a TikTok video asking if anyone knew Ryan O'Neal so her mother could meet him because she is his biggest fan

Daughter Erica jokes that her mother is in shock and doesn't realize who is on the video call, adding that saying the famous line from the movie may 'convince her'.

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O'Neal responds by saying: 'Love means never having to say you're sorry.'

'I can't even begin to thank you enough,' Erica tells the veteran actor who was a huge hit in the 60s thanks to his performance as Rodney Harrington in Peyton Place.

During the call O'Neal said the 'time flew by' and that it has been '50 years' since Love Story was released as the super-fan nods in agreement.

Ryan O'Neal played Oliver Barrett IV in the movie Love Story, and Robin kisses the DVD cover every night before bed © Provided by Daily Mail Ryan O'Neal played Oliver Barrett IV in the movie Love Story, and Robin kisses the DVD cover every night before bed

Erica has recently began sharing her mother's journey with the disease on Twitter and TikTok, after becoming her caregiver.

After Ryan's son Patrick reached out to Erica on social media, Robin was floored by meeting her favorite actor over FaceTime.

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Erica posted a TikTok video and tweeted asking if anyone knew Ryan O'Neal and she could show him his biggest fan.

His son Patrick saw the tweet and reach out asking how he could help make something happen for Robin.

Heartthrob O'Neal, formerly married to Farrah Fawcett, starred in the romantic Love Story in 1970.

The movie turned out to be a box office hit, making O'Neal a star and earning him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Love Story was an instant box office smash, winning 10 awards including Golden Globe for the Best Motion Picture and an Oscar for Best Music.

The story follows Oliver Barrett IV, played by O'Neal, an upper-class student attending Harvard College where he plays ice hockey.

  Actor Ryan O'Neal FaceTimes Love Story fan living with Alzheimer's © Provided by Daily Mail

He meets Jennifer 'Jenny' Cavilleri, played by Ali MacGraw, a working-class Radcliffe College music student, and the pair fall in love.

The pair marry are graduation and are cut off by Oliver's family, and struggle to pay for him to go through Harvard Law School.

They then find that Jenny is terminally ill, and the tragic love story ends when she passes away.

Erica said: 'It's been a really exciting week for us both.

'Excitement isn't a feeling caregivers get to experience a lot and, even though her and I are great at making mundane things fun, this has been an exceptionally fun distraction from my otherwise exhausting day-to-day life as a caregiver.'

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