He first proposed to her when she was 8, and they were married for 68 years.
Gwen Hiller, the wife of Love Story director and former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Arthur Hiller, died Friday at her home in Beverly Hills, her family announced. She was 92.
Gwen (the youngest of 10 children) and Arthur both were born in Edmonton, Alberta, she 10 days before him on Nov. 12, 1923. Her family noted that when they were schoolmates, he proposed to her when they were 8 years old. They married in 1948.
Gwen Hiller graduated from Brandon College in Manitoba, then worked as a social worker and librarian. After Arthur served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and attended the University of Toronto, they came to Los Angeles in 1955.
Arthur Hiller also is known for directing films including the 1970s classics The Out-of-Towners, The In-Laws and Plaza Suite. He served four terms (1993-97) as Academy president and in 2002 was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his lifetime of charitable efforts.
Gwen “was the core of support for her husband’s career as a film director — successfully navigating the Hollywood scene while remaining stubbornly un-Hollywood in character,” the family said.
She was a volunteer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and worked with many other community organizations.
In addition to her husband, survivors include son Henryk, daughter Erica, grandchildren Sienna and Kellen, son-in-law Kevin, daughter-in-law Melora and step-grandchildren Christopher, Patrick and Claire.
The family said a private service will be held.