Tatum O Neal

Actress Youngest to win an Oscar Award also an American Novelist

Tatum O'Neal
Tatum O'Neal, American actress source: google

Tatum O’Neal is known as an Oscar-winning actress and novelist from the United States. Similarly, Tatum is the youngest to win an Oscar for her outstanding performance.

Likewise, that performance was in the 1973 American comedy-drama Paper Moon. Moreover, The life of Tatum is a roller coaster.

As she has faced so many problems in her life like starting as the classic child star, overcoming drugs, despair, and a failed marriage. However, she is a strong woman with strong willpower.

Tatum O’Neal | Early Life

Tatum O’Nealopened her eyes оn Nоvеmbеr 05, 1963. Similarly, she has taken birth tо actors Rуаn О’Nеаl аnd Јоаnnа Мооrе. Likewise, Tatum is blessed with a brother named Griffin O’Neal.

Though she belongs to high profile and famous family, her childhood seems to be difficult. Similarly, Tatum’s parents parted their ways іn 1967 when she was just four years old. She was staying with her mother after then.

But, Tatum’s mother was a drug addict and alcoholic. Though her mother lost custody and Tatum had to live with her father.

Similarly, her father has affairs with many after the divorce. He got married to Taylor Young who is an actress.

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Tatum O’Neal with her parents Rуаn О’Nеаl аnd Јоаnnа Мооrе source: google

Likewise, Ryan and Taylor have a son named Patrick together.

However, their relationship also did not last long. Furthermore, Tatum’s father left her and her brother after he moved with his new wife, Farrah Fawcett. Farrah and Ryan also gave birth to a son Redmond.

Unfortunately, her mother died at the age of 63. In addition, the reason for her death was lung cancer.

Tatum O’ Neal| Relationship with father

In the autobiography of Tatum, A Paper Life, she wrote that she has been abused physically and emotionally by her dad due to his drug addiction. Furthermore, she has also stated that her father is a womanizer.

Moreover, he had flirted with her at her mom Fawcett’s funeral in 2009. In addition, according to Tatum, her father asked her to possess a drink with him in the car flirtingly.

However, she was fade up with her father’s behavior and said that she was his daughter and left from there.

Likewise, Tatum says that there was no interaction between her and her dad. In addition, she wrote that her father was very angry with her. And they break their relationship as father and daughter too.

However, after 25 years, Tatum reconciled with her father. On the other hand, they sort out the things through a tv show named Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals. Moreover, there are only nine episodes in the show focusing on their relationship.

Movie Career| Tatum O’Neal

The Paper Moon: The award-winning debut

The director of this movie is Peter Bogdanovich. Similarly, Tatum was just eight years old at that time, and she had never acted before. However, she showed excellent performance in the movie Paper Moon.

Furthermore, this movie became successful winning a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award. Moreover, Tatum is the youngest recipient of the Best supporting actor in the Oscar Award.

Becoming the highest-paid child actor

After her successful film, she received over $300,000 to appear in 1976’s Bad News Bears. Similarly, that makes her the highest-paid child actor of that time.

Likewise, Tatum took part in many movies such as International Velvet (1978), Nickelodeon (1976), and so on.

Moreover, she also plays a role in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

Tatum O’Neal| Marriage

Similarly, after winning the Oscar award and becoming popular, Tatum started hanging out with popular creators. Likewise, John Mc Enroe was slowly paving his way to becoming the top tennis player.

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Tatum with her husband, John Mc Enroe source: google

In addition, these two started meeting at a celebrity gathering. After meeting there for the first time, they again started seeing each other regularly.

Moreover, Tatum and John started dating each other. Furthermore, they become a drug addict. However, John tried it just for fun, but O’Neal was developing an addiction.

Similarly, Tatum became so addicted and the solution for leaving this was bearing a child. Furthermore, this couple married in private at Oyster Bay, New York. Though, no one from Tatum’s family attended the wedding.

Tatum O’Neal | Children

Tatum and John gave birth to their first child, Kevin, in May 1986. Similarly, another son, Sean also took birth in the year 1988.

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O’Neal with her kids’ source: google

Likewise, they become parents of a third child, Emily in the year 1991. Although, after giving birth to Emily, the relationship between husband and wife started fading.

Tatum O’Neal| Divorce and Custody Battle

However, Tatum has overcome her drugs addiction for taking care of her child. John and Tatum’s relationship started breaking down. On the one hand, John said that she was bitter about him being successful while she stayed home.

On the other hand, O’Neal claims that he was abusive to her. Similarly, this couple tried to solve the problem in the relationship. However, they couldn’t solve this and decided to part ways in the year 1992.

In addition, O’Neal again started taking heroin and Cocaine because of the situation. One day, her daughter Emily who was seven years old found a syringe in Tatum’s Apartment.

In addition, because of that John was given exclusive custody of the children following the incident.

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Drug Addiction| Tatum O’Neal

Tatum’s parents were addicted to drugs which made her childhood harsh. Similarly, O’Neal has to face physical and mental abuse from her parents.

Similarly, her mother was also a drug addict and alcoholic. Moreover, Tatum has also stated in her book that one of the men sexually molested her at the age of 6.

In addition, her father took care of her also and also physically and mentally abused her. Furthermore, the whole situation made her a drug addict too. Similarly., her addiction become out of control.

Moreover, she tries many ways like bearing children to overcome her addiction, Tatum was arrested as the police found Cocaine in her Manhatten Apartment. However, after going to rehab she overcame her addiction.

Tatum O’Neal| Disease

At the age of 56, Tatum had a disease called Rheumatoid arthritis. Similarly, it was hard for her to deal with that painful disease as it has left scars on her body.

Likewise, Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune illness. This disease affects the joints, resulting in inflammation, discomfort, and swelling. Furthermore, RA affects mostly women of age between 50 to 60.

In addition, the symptoms are joint pain, stiffness, edema, loss of joint function, weakness, weight loss, and weariness. On the other hand, Tatum stated that the journey of her dealing with this disease was painful.

Finally, She got over it and is happily living.

Autobiography| Tatum O’Neal

O’Neal has written an autobiography named, A Paper Life. Similarly, in that, she describes her movie career, family life, and her addiction to drugs.

Likewise, the book was published in 2004. Furthermore, Tatum also stated how she was sexually assaulted by one of her father’s drug dealers when she was just 12. Moreover, O’Neal also claimed how her father tortured her physically and mentally.

Likewise, about her drug addiction, she wrote how it affected her relationship and marriage. In addition, Tatum also stated that she regrets divorcing her husband John.

On the other hand, Tatum also wrote a book called, Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home in 2011. In this book. she has stated about her relationship with her father, her marriage, and her drug arrest.

Tatum O’Neal | Net Worth

According to the source, the net worth of Taum is estimated to be $1.5 million. Likewise, she is also the highest-paid actress at that time.

However, O’Neal earned popularity and fame in her early days only, not in her adult age because of drug addiction.

Social Media Profile

Tatum is quite active on Instagram with 60.4k followers. Similarly, she is also present on Twitter with 46.5k followers.

Some FAQs

Who is the youngest actor to win an Oscar?

Tatum O’Neal is the youngest girl to win an Oscar. Similarly, she was 10 years when she receive that award.

Is Tatum Oneal ill?

Tatum had Rheumatoid arthritis before. However, she has recovered now.

Is she married?

Yes, she married John Mc Enroe. However, they are not together now.

How tall is Tatum?

O’ Neal has accumulated a height of 5 feet 7 inches.

Does Tatum have kids?

Yes, John and Tatum have three kids together. They are Emily McEnroe, Sean McEnroe, Kevin Mc Enroe.

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Quick Facts

Full Name Tatum Beatrice O’Neal
Known as Tatum O’Neal
Birth Date November 05, 1963
Birth Place Los Angeles, California, United States
Residence Manhattan
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education N/A
Horoscope Scorpio
Father’s Name Ryan O’Neal
Mother’s Name Јоаnnа Мооrе
Siblings Griffin O’Neal
Age 58 years old
Height 1.72 m/5’7″
Weight 72 kg/158 lbs
Eye Color Hazel green
Hair Color Blonde
Marital Status Divorced
Ex-husband John McEnroe
Children Three: Emily McEnroe, Sean McEnroe, Kevin Mc Enroe
Profession Actor, Author
Movie Debut Paper Moon
Achievement Youngest award recipient for Oscar Award
Net Worth $1.5 million
Merch A Paper Life (Book), Movies
Last Update April 2022

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