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Tatum O'Neal, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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O'Neal in Paper Moon.

Tatum O'Neal: Best Supporting Actress 1973: MovieActors.com

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Paper Moon (Comedy – PG)

Tatum O'Neal won her Supporting Oscar for playing the street-wise, cigarette-puffing 10 year old schemer on the road during the great Depression.






About Tatum O'Neal (1963 – )
Tatum O'Neal is the daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal and actress Joanna Moore. According to Michael Jackson, they dated for several years, in the late 70's and early 80's. But, according to Tatum, he kissed her once without her permission when she was 12. In 1986, she married tennis star, John McEnroe, and at the same time, she had a falling out with her family, none of whom were invited to the wedding.

Tatum O'Neal distinguished herself in her very first film role. She played Addie, an orphan in Peter Bogdonovich's 1973 Paper Moon; a Depression era tale of a pair of con artists, along with her father, Ryan O'Neal. The following year, at 10 years of age, she became the youngest person to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Tatum O'Neal's next film was Bad News Bears, in 1976, in which she played Amanda, a dynamite pitcher brought into a failing Little League team of misfit kids. She continued working as a child actress in such films as International Velvet (1978), Little Darlings (1980), Nickelodeon [1976] with her father, and Circle of Two [1980] with Richard Burton.

After her marriage, her movie career slowed. Then after the couple's divorce; in 1994, O'Neal appeared in a small part in the Julian Schnabel film Basquiat; in 1996, based on the life of a short lived artist of the same name.

Since that time, O'Neal has been a guest actor on the television series, Sex and the City and Law and Order. She played the recurring role of Maggie Gavin, a lively eccentric sister of one of the main characters, in the television series, Rescue Me, about life in a firehouse. She has also done commentary for Entertainment Tonight.

Tatum O'Neal played vindictive, psychotic Blythe Hunter in the dramatic television series, Wicked Wicked Games. [2006-2007].

She was arrested, in 2008, for buying crack cocaine, for which she was released on her own recognizance. She pled guilty to a lesser charge and entered two half day treatment sessions. Tatum O'Neal also detailed her heroin addiction in the autobiography, "A Paper Life", in which she also detailed physical and emtional abuse by her father, Ryan O'Neal.

Of the book, Ryan made the tart remark, "It is a sad day when malicious lies are told in order to become a 'best-seller'." The reconciliation of father and daughter after 25 years was fodder for the Oprah Winfrey Network series, Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, in 2011, for which Tatum O'Neal served as executive producer.

Tatum O'Neal's notable movie credits include...

Nickelodeon (1976)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
International Velvet (1978)
Circle of Two (1980)
Little Darlings (1980)
Little Noises (1992)
Basquiat (1996)
The Scoundrel's Wife (2002)
The Technical Writer (2003)
My Brother (2006)
Saving Grace (2008)
The Runaways (2010)
Last Will (2010)
Sweet Lorraine (2010)
The Runaways (2010)
SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY (2015)

Tatum O'Neal's television credits include...

Woman on the Run - The Lawrencia Bembenek Story

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Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon.

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Tatum O'Neal in The Runaways (2010).