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Tatum O’Neal

Biography

American actress most widely known on her behalf Academy Award-winning performance in Paper Moon. She also got roles within the Bad Information Bears and Small Darlings. In 2017 she made an appearance on an bout of Lawbreaker Minds. At age ten, she became the youngest person to earn an Academy Award. She competed on Dance With The Celebrities in 2006. She briefly dated Michael Jackson in the 1970s. She wedded John McEnroe in 1986; the few had three kids before divorcing in 1994. She starred in Poor New Bears with Walter Matthau.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tatum O'Neal
Date Of Birth November 5, 1963
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.7 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse John McEnroe
Children Kevin McEnroe, Emily McEnroe, Sean O’Neal
Parents Ryan O'Neal, Joanna Moore
Siblings Redmond O'Neal, Griffin O'Neal, Patrick O'Neal
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, People's Choice Award for Favorite Young Motion Picture Actress
Movies Paper Moon, The Bad News Bears, Little Darlings, International Velvet, The Runaways, Circle of Two, Certain Fury, Basquiat, She's Funny That Way, Saving Grace B. Jones, Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal, Nickelodeon, The Scoundrel's Wife, Last Will, Little Noises, Sweet Lorraine, Mr. Sophistication, This Is 40, My Brother, The Technical Writer, Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story, Prisoners
TV Shows Rescue Me, Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, MyNetworkTV telenovelas, Wicked Wicked Games, Dancing with the Stars, Biography, Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1 Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Jo Van Fleet, Liza Minnelli, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Cher, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Marcia Gay Harden and Brie Larson.
2 She was 11 years old, the same age as her character, Amanda Whurlizer, when The Bad News Bears (1976) was filmed.
3 Was the 74th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Paper Moon (1973) at The 46th Annual Academy Awards (1974) on April 2, 1974.
4 As an adult, she studied acting under Sandra Seacat, who also coached Harvey Keitel, Marlo Thomas, Isabella Rossellini, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, and Chris Pine.
5 Release of her autobiography, "A Paper Life". [2004]
6 Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 27, a daughter Emily Katherine McEnroe on May 10, 1991. Child's father is her ex-husband, John McEnroe.
7 Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 23, a son Sean Timothy McEnroe on September 23, 1987. Child's father is her ex-husband, John McEnroe.
8 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 22, a son Kevin John McEnroe on May 23, 1986. Child's father is her ex-husband, John McEnroe.
9 Her former friend Michael Jackson and her father's longtime partner Farrah Fawcett died on the same day, June 25th 2009.
10 Was the second choice to play Violet in Pretty Baby (1978), along with Jodie Foster. However, neither Foster nor O'Neal were among the finalists; Brooke Shields won the part.
11 Was turned down by James Cameron for the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984). Linda Hamilton ended up playing the part.
12 Turned down the role of Deborah Gelly for Sergio Leone's final movie Once Upon a Time in America (1984). Elizabeth McGovern got the part.
13 Was scheduled to appear as host on NBC's Saturday Night Live (1975) for the November 27, 1976 episode, but she was replaced at the last minute by Jodie Foster.
14 Friendly with Jennifer Blanc and Michael Biehn.
15 Disapproved of her father Ryan O'Neal's relationship with Ursula Andress so much so that she would speak about it to the tabloids even though she was just a child.
16 Was extremely vocal about being voted off of Dancing with the Stars (2005) before the disastrous Master P.
17 Niece of Kevin O'Neal.
18 Granddaughter of Patricia O'Neal and Charles O'Neal.
19 Her mother, Joanna Moore died on November 22, 1997 of lung cancer.
20 One of a very few performers to win an Oscar for their debut performance.
21 Was cast as Blythe Hunter in Wicked Wicked Games (2006) when original choice, Sean Young, was fired following apparent clashes with the show's producers.
22 Was voted #14 on VH1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
23 According to her autobiography "A Paper Life", she was not named after her paternal grandmother as was widely rumored for years but actually named after jazz pianist Art Tatum.
24 She was named Female Star of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners in 1976
25 Her memoirs "A Paper Life" debuted at #4 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
26 Recently published her memoirs, "A Paper Life", that exposes her troubled childhood, long battles with her father and Farrah Fawcett, her sexual encounters with Melanie Griffith, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Prince Albert of Monaco, her explosive union with John McEnroe and the bitter custody suit over her three children with the tennis great. [2004]
27 Michael Jackson claimed she was his first girlfriend and by all accounts his first big love. Tatum denies this in her autobiography, saying all that happened was that he briefly kissed her without permission when she was 12 and he was 17.
28 Highest paid child star in history when she made The Bad News Bears (1976) in 1976.
29 Disapproved of her father actor Ryan O'Neal's relationship with Farrah Fawcett.
30 Youngest person to ever win a competitive Oscar (Best Supporting Actress, Paper Moon (1973))
31 Older sister of actor Griffin O'Neal. Also the older half-sister of sportscaster Patrick O'Neal from her father's second marriage (to Leigh Taylor-Young) and Redmond O'Neal from her father's relationship with Farrah Fawcett.
32 Daughter of actors Ryan O'Neal and Joanna Moore.
33 Ex-husband John McEnroe won custody of their children after a prolonged custody battle.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock Paper Dead 2017 post-production Dr. Evelyn Bauer
Sweet Lorraine 2015 Lorraine Bebee
She's Funny That Way 2014 Waitress
Mr. Sophistication 2013 Kim Waters
This Is 40 2012 Realtor
Rescue Me 2004-2011 TV Series Maggie Gavin AA meeting facilitator
Last Will 2011 Hayden Emery
The Runaways 2010 Cherie's Mom
Saving Grace B. Jones 2009 Grace Bretthorst
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal 2008 TV Movie Lorene Tippit
Wicked Wicked Games 2006-2007 TV Series Blythe Hunter
My Brother 2006 Erica Walters
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004 TV Series Kelly Garnett
8 Simple Rules 2004 TV Series Ms. McKenna
Sex and the City 2003 TV Series Kyra
The Technical Writer 2003 Slim
The Scoundrel's Wife 2002 Camille Picou
Basquiat 1996 Cynthia Kruger
Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story 1993 TV Movie Lawrencia Bembenek
Little Noises 1992 Stella
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1989 TV Series Kim
Certain Fury 1985 Scarlet McGinnis
Faerie Tale Theatre 1984 TV Series Goldilocks
Prisoners 1981 Christie
Circle of Two 1981 Sarah Norton
Little Darlings 1980 Ferris
International Velvet 1978 Sarah Brown
Nickelodeon 1976 Alice Forsyte
The Bad News Bears 1976 Amanda Whurlitzer
Paper Moon 1973 Addie / Addie Loggins

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals 2011 TV Series executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paper Moon 1973 performer: "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" 1932, "Sunnyside Up" 1929 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lake City 2008 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hell's Kitchen 2015 TV Series Herself - Restaurant Patron
True Tori 2014 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2014 TV Series Herself
Costas at the Movies 2013 TV Series Herself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals 2011 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Access Hollywood Live 2011 TV Series Herself
Chelsea Lately 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004-2011 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 1977-2011 TV Series Herself
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
RuPaul's Drag Race 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge
Indie Sex: Extremes 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Indie Sex: Teens 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
The View 2007 TV Series Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Herself
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
Larry King Live 2004 TV Series Herself
Dateline NBC 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004 TV Series Herself
Ultimate Film Fanatic 2004 TV Series Herself - Judge (2005)
Super Secret Movie Rules 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
The Award Show Awards Show 2003 TV Special documentary Narrator (voice)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Herself - Past Winner
20/20 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1978 TV Series Herself - Actress
Meeting the Challenge: International Velvet 1978 Documentary short Herself
The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Cher 1975 TV Series Herself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1973 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2016 TV Series Herself
Extra 2015 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
America's Book of Secrets 2012 TV Series Herself
McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue 2008 TV Series Herself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary Addie Loggins
The Greatest 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary
Celebrities Uncensored 2003 TV Series Herself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 TV Special Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Festival Award San Diego Film Festival Best Actress The Scoundrel's Wife (2002)
1974 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Paper Moon (1973)
1974 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female Paper Moon (1973)
1974 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera) Paper Moon (1973)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Prism Award Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Rescue Me (2004)
1974 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Paper Moon (1973)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)

TitleSalary
The Bad News Bears (1976) $350,000 + 9% of net profits
Paper Moon (1973) $16,000

#Quote
1 It was on my dad's TV when I lived with him. When I moved out I said, 'Sorry, Dad, but you have to part with my Oscar.'


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