Tatum O'Neal

Tatum O'Neal


11/5/1963, Los Angeles, California USA

Birth Name

Tatum Beatrice O'Neal



Also Known As

Tatum O'Neil, Tatum Beatrice O'Neal
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Tatum Beatrice O'Neal was born November 5th, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are actor Ryan O'Neal and ex-wife/actress Joanna Moore. At the age of 10 she made her acting debut in Paper Moon. The following year she became the youngest performer ever to win an oscar…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1974, Tatum won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Addie on Paper Moon.

    • Rescue Me series cocreater Peter Tolan says Tatum is expected back on the set despite her June 2008 drug arrest quoted saying "We want to bring her back, and I haven't heard anything about why she wouldn't be available to us" also noting "It's a misdemeanor, so she's not going to do time, and nobody has said to us we can't insure her or anything like that. So I'm assuming she's available to us and it's 'business as usual." Tatum's publicist confirms Peter's remarks.

    • In June 2008, Tatum was arrested on suspicion of buying crack cocaine from a homeless person. After spending a night in jail, a New York City judge later released her and ordered her to return on July 28.

    • As of May 2008, Tatum and her boyfriend, architect Ron Castellano, took a "little break." but still picked her up from court. "He's a saint", Tatum says of Ron.

    • As of June 2008, Tatum lives in a building at East Broadway and Canal, The Forward, which used to house the Jewish newspaper of the same name.

    • On June 1, 2008 at roughly 7:30 p.m. Tatum was arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine near her Manhattan apartment building. She was charged with a misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and if convicted could face up to a year in prison. Cops found two bags of cocaine in her front pants pockets. When approched by the police, Tatum reportedly said "You know who I am, right?" and asked "Can't we just forget about this?". She also claimed "I'm researching a part - I'm doing this for a part…as a junkie.". Tatum is due back into court July 28.

    • Tatum married tennis great John McEnroe on August 1, 1986. They divorced in 1992. They had three children together. Kevin was born on May 23, 1986, Sean was born on September 23, 1987 and Emily was born on May 10, 1991.

    • Tatum was cast as Blythe Hunter in Wicked Wicked Games after original choice Sean Young was fired after apparent clashes with its producers.

    • Almost since the day Tatum learned to write she kept a diary she named Fanny inspired by the unintentional holocost diary The Diary of Anne Frank. Tatum says she wrote to Fanny nearly every day sometimes adding little sketches and, after her kids were born, pasting in cute or funny pictures of them with captions.

    • In A Paper Life Tatum dedicates the book: "To Kevin, Sean, And Emily My True Inspirations"

    • Many of the pictures in Tatum's memoirs were actually from Tatum's personal collecton.

    • Tatum admits to watching the third season of the ultra-popular ABC show Dancing With The Stars. Tatum guessed that Saved By The Bell star Mario Lopez would take top prize but was Runner-Up behind Football Legend Emmitt Smith.

    • The offer for Tatum to star in Wicked Wicked Games came when she was in New York City working on the FX show Rescue Me.

    • Tatum has had an E! True Hollywood story based on her and her family.

    • She was ranked #14 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"

    • Tatum has been nicknamed Tantrum (after her famed childhood outburts), Tatesky, Mutat (Tatum spelled backwards) and Oscar (after her Oscar-Win at the age of ten).

    • She is 5' 7" (1.70 m.)

    • In 1998, Tatum's half brother, 13 years old Redmond (son of Ryan O'Neal and
      Farah Fawcett), was up in the tabloids after being arrested for possessing

    • In Little Darlings Tatum played one one of the lead characters Ferris Whitney. Her character was very educated very traveled and very smug! Opposite Tatum was Kirsty McNichol who played Angel Bright in this 1980 flick.

    • On week two of Dancing With The Stars, Tatum scored a 17 out of 30 from the judges on her rumba. The viewers obviously agreed with the judges by not casting enough votes to keep her in the challenge until round three.

    • In week one of Dancing With The Stars, the judges scored Tatum a 23 out of 30 on her waltz that evening.

    • Tatum made her big acting debut at the young age of ten in the 1973 hit Paper Moon . She became the youngest person ever to win an Oscar when she won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of pint-sized con artist Addie Loggins.

    • She was born to actor parents Ryan O'Neal and Joanna Moore. Her brother is actor Griffin O'Neal and her sister-in-law is actress Rebecca DeMornay.

    • Tatum starred in International Velvet.

    • Tatum broke the previously held record of the highest-paid child star with her role in the 1976 version of Bad News Bears with her role as played Amanda Whurlitzer.

    • Tatum did a little reporting for The Insider and talked about her loss on Dancing With The Stars.

    • While competing during the second season of Dancing With the Stars Tatum was paired with ballroom professional dancer Nick Kosovich.

    • Tatum O'Neal published her autobiography A Paper Life in October of 2004 in hardback. A year after becoming published in hardback the book was reintroduced in softback.

    • Tatum O'Neal was named after her paternal grandmother and jazz pianist Art Tatum.

  • Quotes

    • Tatum (Tatum speaking then on having the cover story of "Newsweek" and sharing the issue cover with her father, Ryan O'Neal, in a 1976 issue with the caption "TATUM! The Hollywood Kid"): It's a great article. I'm just a little worried. The whole thing is about me, and I think my dad might be a little jealous. I feel sad about that...my dad is in a bad mood tonight.

    • Tatum: (her New Year's resolution for 1998) No more drugs, ever---I hate them!.

    • Tatum: What i've learned is that no one else---not fathers, not mothers, not even adored and loving children--- can define who I am and my reasons to love life. I have to believe in me, and I'm starting to now, which is exciting. It's taken me forty years, and it's time.

    • Tatum: I've got love scenes, I've got murder scenes. It's delicious, It's the first time I've ever had an opportunity to do more. I was always taught as an actor, less is more, less is more, do less, don't show, and in this, I think I might be able to show a little, to really have fun with the drama, and I'm having a great time.

    • Tatum : 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.'

    • Tatum: (On the judges of Dancing With The Stars) I'm just glad I'm never gonna, hopefully, run into them again. It was just brutal... they (judges) were brutal to me.

    • Tatum: (jokingly, about losing Dancing with the Stars) I don't like this game anymore!

    • Tatum: (On Dancing With The Stars) This is not helping to encourage people to learn to dance. This is about some brutality and shaming.

    • Tatum: I've gone through a lot of hardships. Not everyone can take hardships. I think I'm one in a million

  • Overated.

    Makes too much of everything. Did like her in "PaperMoon".
  • I feel that there is politics on this show.

    I feel that Tatun Oneal was wrongly taken off the show. I feel that Mr Jerry Rice is doing very vell but I feel that Mister P is not even dancing and I think Kenny Mayne should not have been taken off either. I do not care if you think I am being prejudice but Mister P does not even know how to move. He is very arogant and has a nasty attitude. Thanks for letting me air my feelings. Bob Wilsonmoreless