The tragic life of Tatum O’Neal, the youngest Oscar winner in history

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Abused, drugged, assaulted: the tragic life of Tatum O’Neal, the youngest winner in the history of the Oscars

In 1974, at just 10 years old, Tatum O’Neal won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Paper Moon” by Peter Bogdanovich. And then the years passed, with the struggle and anguish part of it. A tragic life full of sordid stories.

In the history of the seventh art, certain destinations come and go. Sometimes the hardest thing is not getting to the top, but staying there. In 1974, the face of Tatum O’Neal seduced all of Hollywood. So much so that the 10-year-old girl wins theOscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Addie Loggins in the film “Paper Moon.” The daughter of actors Ryan O’Neal and Joanna Moore, she was propelled to the front of the stage with a snap of her fingers. But behind the scenes, her shine evaporates.

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a chaotic childhood

Tatum O’Neal was born on November 5, 1963 in Los Angeles, and the very beginning of his existence was in the spotlight. At that time, his parents were at the zenith of his career. His mother, Joanna Moore, is a popular actress who appeared on the famous 1960s sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show.” His father is none other than Ryan O’Nealthe unforgettable Oliver Barrett in the cult film by Arthur Hiller, “Love Story”, released in 1970. In 1964, the star couple welcomed a boy named Griffin. On red carpets, osmosis seems perfect. But daily, his marriage falls apart due to heated arguments. After her divorce in 1967, Joanna Moore fell intodrug and alcohol addiction under the eyes of their children.

“Riddled with addiction, she had nearly abandoned us, leaving us destitute: starving, barefoot, beaten and abused by the men in her life,” Tatum O’Neal wrote in her memoir, “A Paper Life.” 2004. In her second book, “Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home” in 2011, she even explains how she and her brother were locked in a garage and forced to eat dog food to keep from starving. “I ran away a lot. I was waiting for my dad to save me. He was in trouble, not going to school. My teeth were rotting.”

It was in 1970, and when Tatum O’Neal was only six years old, that his mother lost custody. Ryan O’Neal is reunited with his two children. Determined to make her daughter a star, the actor has no hesitation in recommending her for the role of Addie in “Paper Moon,” in which he himself plays the role of Moses Pray. Father and daughter, therefore, end up giving each other the answer. “It was the first opportunity to try to channel her energy and her spirit into something constructive. And give her what she didn’t have enough of: love,” Ryan O’Neal said in 1974 in People magazine. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Ryan O’Neal jealous of his daughter’s success

In 1974, Tatum O’Neal’s performance in “Paper Moon” was critically acclaimed and earned him an Oscar. But that night, her parents weren’t there to attend her high-profile coronation: “I was with my grandparents. My dad was shooting a movie in Ireland at the time. I don’t know where my mom actually was… but at the time , he wasn’t even allowed near me anymore (…) That’s when things got really difficult.” However, even from a distance, Ryan O’Neal He doesn’t miss a beat on his daughter’s victory. And far from being full of pride, he can’t stand it. He, the great American actor, overshadowed the time of a ceremony -and perhaps more- because of the performance of his 10-year-old daughter? The situation sends him into an insane rage.

“In the media, he played the loving father. But in his eyes, I read the truth: a deep resentment that his own brilliant performance had been rejected. That Oscar victory destroyed us,” Tatum O’Neal wrote in his memoir. We will have to wait several years before he delivers the truth about him. That of a father who turned out to be particularly obnoxious and abusive on the set of “Paper Moon.” “In the long scenes, I wanted to make sure my dad wasn’t mad at me, and sometimes he was. Because I missed a take or something, and we had to do it all over again.” Although she gained some fame after her Oscar, Tatum O’Neal says it was at this point that her ties with her father deteriorated. AND adolescence She made the situation worse: “I became a young woman and he just became weird (…) I started to feel unbalanced and insecure. I didn’t know where to turn anymore.” Trapped in deep depression, the rising movie star tries multiple times to end his life. He was only 15 years old when his father left home to marry his then partner, Farrah Fawcettwith whom do you have he had a son in 1985.

The years go by and each one leads his own life, Tatum O’Neal appearing in many movies and series such as “Sex and the City”. In 1997, Joanna Moore died of lung cancer at the age of 63. Years later, in 2011, father and daughter try to reconcile under the gaze of the cameras in a documentary series broadcast on Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, “The O’Neals: Ryan and Tatum.” Old wounds from the past come back to the table. Before that, Ryan O’Neal called his daughter’s revelations “malicious lies.” But in front of the cameras, the actor makes his mea culpa: “Tatum felt that he had abandoned her and that I went with Farrah, which is somewhat true. I was so in love with Farrah that I was blind, and then yes.” she stayed out, but I always said, ‘stay, I’ll be back'”.

Addictions and sexual abuse

After being the first girlfriend of Michael Jackson, Tatum O’Neal marries the sulphurous tennis champion John McEnroe at age 22, in 1986. Together they will have three children, but they will divorce 9 years later. It is then that the actress immerses herself in theheroin addiction, while fighting for the custody of their children in court. A useless fight. The destructive spiral continues for Tatum O’Neal, who later checks into rehab. In 2008, she was sent behind bars for 18 hours after trying to get crack cocaine in midtown Manhattan. She eventually agrees to go through a treatment program for her drug addiction and gradually recovers. Part of her reconstruction went through the writing of her two best-selling books on the other side of the Atlantic, but also through her various interventions in the media.

In 2018, in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Tatum O’Neal lifted the veil on the sexual assaults he suffered in his youth. “When your parents get drunk or high, they don’t see what happens to their children.” The actress, now 58, has explained how a friend of her father’s allegedly drugged her before assaulting her and said she was sexually abused by brother of her mother’s boyfriend.

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In October 2018, while christine blasey-fordAmerican psychologist, recounted the sexual assault of which she said she had been a victim by Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the President of the United States poked fun at his story. Without blushing. What caused the anger of Tatum O’Neal who had broken the silence on Instagram: “I am a woman and I have been sexually assaulted more than once! It was not my fault when I was 5, 6, 12, 13, 15. All of them they were men older than I thought they were safe!(…) Seeing the President of the United States mocking a woman, much less a victim of sexual assault. We sank into a depravity so deep I could never have imagined “. Today, it is by speaking of her story that Tatum O’Neal intends to cure.

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