Tatum O'Neal

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Tatum O'Neal
BornTatum Beatrice O'Neal
(1963-11-05) November 5, 1963 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, author
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)John McEnroe
(m. 1986–1994; divorced)
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Tatum O'Neal
BornTatum Beatrice O'Neal
(1963-11-05) November 5, 1963 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, author
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)John McEnroe
(m. 1986–1994; divorced)

Tatum Beatrice O'Neal (born November 5, 1963) is an American actress and author. She is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, which she won at age 10 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon (1973) opposite her father, Ryan O'Neal. She also starred in The Bad News Bears, in 1976, followed by Nickelodeon, and Little Darlings.

In 1986, O'Neal married the professional tennis player John McEnroe, with whom she had three children. The couple separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1994.

Family background[edit]

O'Neal was born in Los Angeles, California, to actors Ryan O'Neal (1941–) and Joanna Moore (1934–1997), who had appeared in various motion pictures and television shows. Her brother, Griffin, was born in 1964. In 1967, her parents divorced and her father quickly remarried. Her father's marriage to actress Leigh Taylor-Young produced Tatum's half-brother, Patrick, but the union ended in divorce in 1973. Tatum has another half-brother, Redmond, from Ryan O'Neal's relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett. O'Neal's mother died of lung cancer in 1997 at age 63, after a career in which she appeared in such movies as Walk on the Wild Side and Follow That Dream.


Child actress[edit]

In 1974 at age 10, Tatum O'Neal won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress for her performance in Paper Moon, released in May 1973.[1] The youngest ever to win a competitive Academy Award, she turned 9 years old during filming in autumn 1972.[2][3] O'Neal played the role of Addie Loggins, a child con artist being tutored by a Depression-era grifter played by her father, Ryan.

O'Neal also starred in notable films such as The Bad News Bears (1976) with Walter Matthau, International Velvet (1978) with Christopher Plummer and Anthony Hopkins, and Little Darlings (1980) with Kristy McNichol. She also appeared in the less-successful film Nickelodeon (1976) with her father Ryan, and in Circle of Two (1980) with Richard Burton. She appeared as the title character in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" (1984).

Adult career[edit]

O'Neal's relationship with John McEnroe began in 1984 when she moved into his Central Park West condo in New York City.[4] She appeared in only five films during the next 15 years. One notable role was her portrayal of Cynthia Kruger in Basquiat (1996).

In the early 2000s, O'Neal began acting again and made guest appearances on Sex and the City, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. In 2005, O'Neal began a recurring role as Maggie Gavin on the firehouse drama series Rescue Me, portraying the unbalanced and lively sister of Tommy Gavin, played by Denis Leary.

In January 2006, she participated in the second season of ABC's reality series Dancing with the Stars with professional partner Nick Kosovich. They were eliminated in the second round. She went on to do commentary for the series on Entertainment Tonight.

From 2006 to 2007, she portrayed the vindictive and psychotic Blythe Hunter in the My Network TV drama Wicked Wicked Games. She appears opposite Nashawn Kearse and Vanessa L. Williams in the film My Brother (2007).

Personal life[edit]

Family and relationships[edit]

One of O'Neal's first public boyfriends was pop star Michael Jackson, whom she dated in the late 1970s. Jackson described O'Neal as his first love, and in a 2002 interview with Martin Bashir said that O'Neal tried to seduce him, but he was terrified by the idea of sex.[5] O'Neal adamantly denied all of Jackson's claims in her 2004 autobiography.[6]

In 1986, O'Neal married tennis player John McEnroe. She invited no one from her family to the ceremony. The couple have three children: Kevin (born 1986), Sean (born 1987) and Emily (born 1991).[7] They separated in November 1992 and were officially divorced in 1994. Following the divorce, O'Neal's drug problems re-emerged and she developed an addiction to heroin. As a result of her drug problems, McEnroe obtained custody of the children in 1998.[8]

In 2011, Tatum and her father Ryan began to restore their broken father–daughter relationship after 25 years. Their reunion and reconciliation process was captured in the short-lived Oprah Winfrey Network series Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals.[9][10][11]


On June 1, 2008, she was arrested for buying crack cocaine near her Manhattan apartment building.[12] When police searched her, they found two bags of drugs—one of crack cocaine, one of powder cocaine—and an unused crack pipe.[12] She was charged with a misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance. Authorities released her without bail.[12] On July 2, 2008, O'Neal pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the arrest and agreed to spend two half-day sessions in a drug treatment program.[13]

Autobiography claims[edit]

In her autobiography, A Paper Life, O'Neal alleged that she was molested by her father's drug dealer when she was 12. She also alleges physical and emotional abuse from her father, much of which she attributed to drug use. She also detailed her own heroin addiction and its effects on her relationship with her children. Her father, Ryan, denied the allegations.[14] In a prepared statement, Ryan O'Neal said: "It is a sad day when malicious lies are told in order to become a 'best-seller'."[14]

In 2011, O'Neal wrote a new collections of memoirs titled Found: A Daughter's Journey Home, which dealt with her tempestuous relationship with her father, tempestuous marriage to John McEnroe, and her recent drug arrest.[15]



1973Paper MoonAddie LogginsAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (tied with Barbra Streisand for The Way We Were)
Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year – Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1976The Bad News BearsAmanda Whurlitzer
NickelodeonAlice Forsyte
1978International VelvetSarah Brown
1980Circle of TwoSarah Norton
Little DarlingsFerris Whitney
1985Certain FuryScarlet
1992Little NoisesStella
1996BasquiatCynthia Kruger
2002The Scoundrel's WifeCamille PicouUS video title: The Home Front

San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actress

2003The Technical WriterSlim
2006My BrotherErica
2008Saving GraceGrace B. Jones
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader ScandalLorene Tippit
2010The RunawaysMarie Harmon
Last WillHayden Emery
Sweet LorraineLorraine Bebeecompleted
Mr. SophisticationKim Watersfilming completed
2014She's Funny That Way(cameo)


1984Faerie Tale TheatreGoldilocks"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
1989CBS Schoolbreak SpecialKim"15 and Getting Straight"
1993Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek StoryLawrencia Bembenek
2003Sex and the CityKyra"A Woman's Right to Shoes"
20048 Simple RulesMs. McKenna"Opposites Attract: Part 3: Night of the Locust"
Law and Order: Criminal IntentKelly Garnett"Semi-Detached"
2005Ultimate Film FanaticJudge
2005–2011Rescue MeMaggie
2006Dancing with the StarsHerself5 episodes
Wicked Wicked GamesBlythe Hunter51 episodes
2011Ryan and Tatum: The O'NealsHerself

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  1. ^ Scott, Vernon (May 22, 1973). "Tatum is a natural star". Montreal Gazette. UPI. p. 24. 
  2. ^ "Paper Moon being filmed". Windsor Star. October 13, 1972. p. 15. 
  3. ^ Scott, Bill (November 16, 1972). "Inclement weather presents problem to movie makers". St. Joseph News-Press. p. 6A. 
  4. ^ Victor Bockris (June 1985). America's Couple. Spin. p. 71. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Fact Checking "Michael Jackson’s Secret World" by Martin Bashir « Vindicating Michael". Vindicatemj.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  6. ^ O'Neal, Tatum (2004). A Paper Life. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-054097-4. 
  7. ^ "John McEnroe discusses Tatum O'Neal in memoir". CNN. June 5, 2002. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Stone. "Tatum O'Neal Shares Survival Story: Part 2". Dateline NBC. 15 October 2004.
  9. ^ "'Ryan & Tatum' review: Estranged father and daughter actors reconnect on their OWN show". New York Daily News. June 18, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ryan and Tatum O'Neal open up on family feud". BBC News. June 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, "Ryan and Tatum: a loathe story", June 23, 2011
  12. ^ a b c Alison Gendar; Bill Hutchinson (June 2, 2008). "Tatum O'Neal in crack bust". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  13. ^ Samuel Maull; Jennifer Peltz (June 2, 2008). "Tatum O'Neal in New York Drug Bust". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  14. ^ a b Corky Siemaszko (October 13, 2006). "O'Yeah? Tatum's just lyin', sez Ryan". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  15. ^ O'Neal, Tatum; Liftin, Hilary (2011). Found: A Daughter's Journey Home. William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-206656-5. 


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