Love Story Director Arthur Hiller Dies In Los Angeles, Aged 92

Arthur Hiller, the Hollywood director of classic 1970 romance Love Story, has died at the age of 92.

The Canadian-born filmmaker died of natural causes in Los Angeles, said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hiller, who served as Academy president from 1993-97, had a career that spanned dozens of popular movies and TV shows.

Love Story, which starred Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal as star-crossed Ivy League lovers, contains the classic line: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

MacGraw said Hiller was "an integral part of one of the most important experiences of my life".

"He was a remarkable, gifted, generous human being and I will miss him terribly," MacGraw said.

"My heart and love go out to his family."

Hiller recalled in 1991 that the film, based on the popular novel of the same name by Erich Segal, almost did not get made because of Paramount's parlous finances.

He directed more than 30 films between 1957 and 2006, including comedies, dramas, war stories, satires and musicals.

Hiller was the first director to pair comics Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, in the 1976 hit Silver Streak.

His films were nominated for 15 Academy Awards, winning two.

Love Story, Hiller's biggest success, was nominated for seven Oscars, but picked up only one - for best original score.

He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, where his parents operated a Yiddish theatre.

Hiller joined the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, before studying psychology and law at university.

A jobbing director at first, his breakthrough into big budget filmmaking came with Disney's Miracle of the White Stallions (1963).

Hiller married Gwen Pechet in 1948 and they were wed for 68 years until her death in June.

The couple had a son, Henryk, and daughter, Erica.