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Tatum O'Neal

Tatum O'NealAKA Tatum Beatrice O'Neal

Born: 5-Nov-1963
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Paper Moon

Tatum O'Neal was a movie star in her childhood and adolescent years, winning an Oscar at the age of ten in her first role, as the smart-talking possible-daughter of a two-bit con-man played by her father, Ryan O'Neal. She played the pitching ace in the original Bad News Bears with Walter Matthau, and starred in the old-time movie myth Nickelodeon with Burt Reynolds, and Little Darlings, a summer camp race with Kristy McNichol to see which girl would lose her virginity first. At 16 she showed her breasts to Richard Burton in Circle of Two, and in classic Hollywood fashion she was soon swept away in rumors of alcohol, drugs, and depression.

In her early 20s she left show business to marry tennis star John McEnroe, and eight years and three children later they divorced. She has resumed her acting career to little acclaim, most notably with a starring role in The Scoundrel's Wife with Tim Curry, a recurring role on Rescue Me with Denis Leary, a few weeks of fox trotting on Dancing with the Stars, and supporting roles in a few films that have not been widely released.

She made waves with her 2004 autobiography, A Paper Life, portraying her early years as an unremitting hell. In the book, she writes that her father beat her after she won her Oscar, Melanie Griffith dragged her into an orgy when she was 12, she was molested by her father's drug dealer, she became addicted to cocaine and heroin, attempted suicide, and that McEnroe beat her and treated her almost as a slave. When she and Michael Jackson wanted to go to the premiere of The Wiz, her agency told her "You can't go to a premiere with a nigger" -- never mind that she was 14 and he was 20.

Father: Ryan O'Neal (actor)
Mother: Joanna Moore (actress, b. 10-Nov-1934, d. 22-Nov-1997 lung cancer)
Brother: Griffin O'Neal (former actor, b. 28-Oct-1964)
Brother: Patrick O'Neal (half-brother, actor, b. 14-Sep-1967 with father's second wife Leigh Taylor-Young)
Brother: Redmond James O'Neal (half-brother, b. 30-Jan-1985 with father's girlfriend Farrah Fawcett)
Boyfriend: Tim Zick (dated)
Husband: John McEnroe (tennis player, m. 1-Aug-1986, div. 1994, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Kevin McEnroe (b. 1986)
Son: Sean McEnroe (b. 1988)
Daughter: Emily McEnroe (b. 1991)
Boyfriend: Steven Hutensky (Miramax executive, b. 1965, dated 1999-2001)
Boyfriend: Alec Baldwin (actor, dated 2002)

    High School: Hollywood Professional School, Hollywood, CA

    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actress 1974 for Paper Moon
    Golden Globe 1974 Most Promising Newcomer, Female, for Paper Moon
    Suicide Attempt
    unknown detox facility 1996
    Silver Hill Hospital Aug-1998
    unknown detox facility Aug-2002
    Caron Foundation
    Drug Possession: Cocaine arrested, New York City (May-2008)
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Vegetarian, Cocaine, Heroin, Smoking, Marijuana, Agoraphobia, Depression

    Wicked Wicked Games Blythe Hunter (2006-07)
    Rescue Me Maggie (2005-07 and 2009)

    She's Funny That Way (29-Aug-2014)
    This Is 40 (20-Dec-2012)
    The Runaways (24-Jan-2010) · Cherie's Mom
    Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal (2-Aug-2008)
    My Brother (22-Jul-2006)
    The Scoundrel's Wife (9-Mar-2002)
    Basquiat (9-Aug-1996) · Cynthia Kruger
    Little Noises (24-Apr-1992)
    15 and Getting Straight (1989)
    Certain Fury (1-Mar-1985)
    Little Darlings (14-Aug-1980) · Ferris
    Circle of Two (1980)
    International Velvet (13-Oct-1978) · Sarah Brown
    Nickelodeon (21-Dec-1976)
    The Bad News Bears (16-Apr-1976) · Amanda Whurlizer
    Paper Moon (9-May-1973) · Addie Loggins

Author of books:
A Paper Life (2004)
Found: A Daughter's Journey Home (2011)

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